Health Focus December 2018

December 2018 - January 2019 Health Focus: Sunsmart

Never let your child get sunburnt.
Sunburn now can lead to melanoma skin cancer later in life.

Be Sunsmart: Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap
For more details visit www.sunsmart.org.nz

Diabetes Awareness at Waiuku Health Centre

January 2018 Health Focus: Diabetes Awareness

Manage My Health August 2017 Health Focus: Manage My Health
Waiuku Health Centre has a Patient Portal (ManageMyHealth) which is a new online service that gives you the freedom to manage your health needs anytime, anywhere.

ManageMyHealth allows you to book appointments, view your medical conditions, immunisation history, allergies and order repeat prescriptions online or on your smartphone using the ManageMyHealth App. See the flyer below. If you would like to sign up please come to the practice at 26 – 30 Constable Road, Waiuku and you can register on the Patient Portal.

If you have a smartphone, you can download the free ManageMyHealth App by going to the App Store (or Google Play for Android phones) before coming to the practice. If you are going to travel it will by fantastic to be able to access your medical records while overseas and be able show your medications when you go through customs.

Each family member will need a separate personal email address to register. Our new online service that gives you the freedom to manage your health needs anytime, anywhere.

https://www.managemyhealth.co.nz/m/
Bowel Cancer Awareness at Waiuku Health Centre

June 2017 Health Focus: Bowel Cancer

June's Health Focus is Bowel Cancer and nationally it is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.While no cancer is completely preventable, you can lower your risk of bowel cancer by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.For more information visit the Bowel Cancer NZ site.Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods:
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes (dried beans, peas or lentils), fruits & cereals (breads, rice, pasta & noodles), preferably wholegrain.
  • Include lean meat, fish and poultry.
  • Include milks, yoghurts and cheeses. Reduced fat varieties should be chosen where possible.
  • Drink plenty of water.
Take care to:
  • Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake.
  • Limit your intake of red meat and processed meat.
  • Choose foods low in salt.
  • Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink.
  • Consume only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars.
  • Quit Smoking.
Breast Screening Bus at Waiuku Health Centre

Breast Screening Bus

Breast Screening Bus will be at Waiuku Health Centre from the 12th – 30th of June 2017. Call 09 235 9102 to book yours now.

March Health Focus

March 2017 Health Focus: Immunisation

Immunisation is a way of preventing infectious diseases. Vaccinations are offered to babies, children and adults to protect against serious and preventable diseases.

Immunisation uses your body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. If you have been immunised and you come into contact with that disease, your immune system will respond to prevent you developing the disease.Vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule are safe, effective and free.

Your practice nurse will give the immunisations. Immunisations are usually given as injections in the arm or leg. Rotavirus vaccine is given as drops of liquid into the mouth.You can choose to pay for vaccines that are not on the schedule, or for vaccines that you may not be eligible to receive for free, such as Influenza, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A.

Common side-effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injections and mild fever. While these symptoms may be upsetting at the time, the benefit is protection from the disease.National and international scientific consensus is that immunisation is one of the most cost-effective means of preventing disease and improving health. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.

Immunisation is your choice. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or practice nurse or call the Immunisation Advisory Centre free helpline 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).At Waiuku Health Centre, our Immunisation Champion is Melissa Holmes and she is keen to talk to you if you would like more information or if you are a working parent she can help you with flexible appointment times.
Stop Smoking Support Group at Waiuku Health Centre

February 2017 Health Focus: Smoking Cessation

During February we are focusing on Smoking Cessation. If you are a smoker and would like to discuss giving up please contact Philippa Buchanan at the Health Centre during February and find out about our smoking cessation support groups.

Remember:
• Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in New Zealand.
• One in every 2 smokers will die due to Smoking
• That’s 80,000 Kiwis in the next 20 years are likely to die from Smoking related disease
• Approximately 2000 smokers in Waiuku
• Potentially 1000 lives can be saved if all the smokers quit

Health Focus January 2016

December 2016 - January 2017 Health Focus: Sunsmart

Never let your child get sunburnt. Sunburn now can lead to melanoma skin cancer later in life.

Be Sunsmart: Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap

For more details visit www.sunsmart.org.nz

March Health Focus

October 2016 Health Focus: Immunisation

Immunisation is a way of preventing infectious diseases. Vaccinations are offered to babies, children and adults to protect against serious and preventable diseases.

Immunisation uses your body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. If you have been immunised and you come into contact with that disease, your immune system will respond to prevent you developing the disease.

Vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule are safe, effective and free.

Your practice nurse will give the immunisations. Immunisations are usually given as injections in the arm or leg. Rotavirus vaccine is given as drops of liquid into the mouth.

You can choose to pay for vaccines that are not on the schedule, or for vaccines that you may not be eligible to receive for free, such as Influenza, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A.

Common side-effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injections and mild fever. While these symptoms may be upsetting at the time, the benefit is protection from the disease.

National and international scientific consensus is that immunisation is one of the most cost-effective means of preventing disease and improving health. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.

Immunisation is your choice. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or practice nurse or call the Immunisation Advisory Centre free helpline 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).

At Waiuku Health Centre, our Immunisation Champion is Melissa Holmes and she is keen to talk to you if you would like more information or if you are a working parent she can help you with flexible appointment times.

Stop Smoking Support Group at Waiuku Health Centre

September 2016 Health Focus: Stop Smoking Support

The Waiuku Health Centre invites you to join a successful, stop smoking support group.
7 weeks - 1 hour a week
Please contact Phillippa to register your interest on 092359102 or text 0223716657
Location: Waiuku Health Centre, 30 Constable Road, Waiuku
First Session: Tuesday 13th September from 1-2pm
Diabetes Awareness at Waiuku Health Centre

July 2016 Health Focus: Diabetes Awareness

Free Smears at Waiuku Health Centre - June 2016

June 2016 Health Focus: Free Smears

April 2016 Health Focus - Flu Vaccine

April 2016 Health Focus: Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccines are now available
Anyone can catch influenza or 'the flu' - being fit and healthy does not stop you from getting it, nor does the fact you've had it before, because the strains of influenza virus change from year to year.

Influenza is a serious and highly contagious illness - it can knock the healthiest of people out of action for a week or more. Flu is often called a respiratory disease, but it can affect the whole body. It can be life-threatening.

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March Health Focus

March 2016 Health Focus: Immunisation

Immunisation is a way of preventing infectious diseases. Vaccinations are offered to babies, children and adults to protect against serious and preventable diseases.
Immunisation uses your body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. If you have been immunised and you come into contact with that disease, your immune system will respond to prevent you developing the disease.
Vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule are safe, effective and free.
Your practice nurse will give the immunisations. Immunisations are usually given as injections in the arm or leg. Rotavirus vaccine is given as drops of liquid into the mouth.
You can choose to pay for vaccines that are not on the schedule, or for vaccines that you may not be eligible to receive for free, such as Influenza, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A.
Common side-effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injections and mild fever. While these symptoms may be upsetting at the time, the benefit is protection from the disease.
National and international scientific consensus is that immunisation is one of the most cost-effective means of preventing disease and improving health. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.
Immunisation is your choice. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or practice nurse or call the Immunisation Advisory Centre free helpline 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).
At Waiuku Health Centre, our Immunisation Champion is Melissa Holmes and she is keen to talk to you if you would like more information or if you are a working parent she can help you with flexible appointment times..

Health Focus - February

February 2016 Health Focus: Breast Cancer Screening

The breast screening bus is back this month at the health centre this month. Call 09235 9102 to book yours now.
Health Focus January 2016

January 2016 Health Focus: Sunsmart

Never let your child get sunburnt. Sunburn now can lead to melanoma skin cancer later in life.
Be Sunsmart: Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap

For more details visit www.sunsmart.org.nz
Warm Up NZ

December 2015 Health Focus: Warm Up NZ

Living in cold damp homes is impacting on the health of our community. We want to reach out to families who meet the eligibility criteria and who have the most to benefit from having their homes insulated by the programme.
To insulate the homes of low-income high health need families, creating 'healthier homes' which are energy efficient and improve the health of the family living in the home·
To undertake a comprehensive health and social assessment of participating families to ensure that they are accessing appropriate health and social services.
Counties Manukau District Health Board in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA), Autex Industries Limited and The Insulation Company along with other third party funding efforts introduced Warm Up Counties Manukau in December 2009. We have insulated over 7,500 homes throughout Counties Manukau, Papakura, and Franklin since our commencement.

Cervical Screening

November 2015 Health Focus: Cervical Screening

Appointments are free for the month of November. If you have any concerns or its simply time to get things checked out again, book your appointment today.
October 2015 Health Focus

October 2015 Health Focus: Smoking Cessation

October is Smoking Cessation month; use this time to book a doctors appointment if you would like help to stop smoking.
Staff Changes

Staff changes

Dr Arati Ranhabhat is on maternity leave until March 2016

Dr Mark Eustace is back consulting after his six month sabbatical.

September 2015 Health Focus

September 2015 Health Focus: Prostate Awareness

Cardio Vascular Disease Health Focus August 2015

August 2015 Health Focus: Cardio Vascular Disease

Jo Eustace

Jo Eustace - Clinical Nurse Leader

Jo Eustace has a Clinical Master’s Degree in Nursing from Massey University, completing four years of study in February 2015 and graduating with first class Honours. She will be working from the 1st of August in the role of Intern Nurse Practitioner. A Nurse practitioner is a nurse who has completed advanced training, allowing them to assess, diagnose and treat illnesses. Under the Medicines Amendment Act 2013 nurse practitioners are authorised prescribers, allowing them to prescribe the same medications as doctors. As the Clinical Nurse Lead, Jo will provide leadership, education and consultancy to our team of nurses and will be responsible for developing nursing policies and guidelines and leading nursing quality improvement.