Updates from the Practice Team

Antibiotic Resistance - We Need Your Help

Mar 14 2018

Antibiotic Resistance

Paraparaumu Medical Centre is asking you to work with us to stop the spread of resistance.

·         The risks of antibiotic resistance spreading further are enormous.

·         The world is on the brink of entering an era when we will have few, if any, useful antibiotics.

·         This means infections we have been able to treat will become more severe and even life-threatening .

What we are doing

·         We will give an antibiotic prescription only if your infection is bacterial.

·         We may or may not give an antibiotic prescription for those bacterial infections that generally last only a few days  (called self- limiting) - this will depend on other factors.

·         Antibiotics are not effective against viruses including colds and flu.

·         Some sore throats are viral – others are bacterial, and in some populations carry serious risks. We can help in distinguishing what type of infection you have and what treatment you need.

·         In some cases you will be told to give us a call if the infection worsens.

·         In other situations you may be given an antibiotic prescription “for your back-pocket”.  In these cases you will also be advised when it will be appropriate to take it to your pharmacy. Please do not take it to the pharmacy unless those conditions are met.


·         Will only be made for people who have serious underlying conditions who risk getting secondary infections and requiring hospitalisation, and those in whom their immune system is compromised.

What you can do?

·         If you are given an antibiotic – take it as instructed.

·         Do not share it with other people.

·         Do not take other people’s antibiotics.

Avoiding infections can help reduce antibiotic resistance.

You can read much more on this subject in the excellent material provided by the Health Navigator website.  This website provides trustworthy, good quality, and reliable health information on most health topics for New Zealanders. It also translates some of its information into other languages – Maori, Pacific, and many of the languages that refugees to NZ speak.

It has an extensive section on Antibiotic resistance including interesting videos and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Nurse Practitioner

Mar 06 2018

We are very fortunate to have one of our nurses, Amanda,  about to embark on the Nurse Practitioner pathway.  This means Amanda will be seeing her own patients and once through her training will be able to prescribe medications.  We are sure this will bring an added dimension to our practice and look forward to introducing our patients to this new model of nursing practice.  If you would like to discuss what Amanda can do in your health care management, we would be happy to talk to you about this. 

Flu & Zostavax Vaccines

Mar 06 2018

Flu vaccines will be available early April.  This year we are also providing Zostavax, a vaccination against shingles.  If you are aged between 65-80 years, this is fully funded.  If you wish to have this vaccine at the same time you have your flu shot, please let reception know when booking an appointment.  There is a pre-vaccination checklist you must complete prior to receiving this and this will be given to you when you arrive.

Manage My Health

Dec 18 2017

Over the past few weeks we have experienced problems with Manage My Health and I know this has caused frustration to our patients.  Our IT provider now assures us this has been sorted out and we can expect no further problems.

Download ManageMyHealth Mobile App!

Mar 22 2017

We are pleased to announce that the official ManageMyHealth mobile app for iPhone and Android is now available for download (free!)

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Nov 23 2016

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·         Turning up the volume on the radio or T.V

·         Finding some voices harder to hear

·         Getting comments about your hearing

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Notification of Results of Tests & Procedures

Sep 12 2016


Patients are entitled to be advised of the results of all tests and procedures

At your consultation your doctor or nurse will inform you about the  time frame for your results and make arrangements with you about how you will be  notified of your results e.g. by   text, letter or phone call 

Sometimes your doctor  or nurses will reach agreement with  you that you will be contacted only if your results are abnormal

Even if you agree to be notified only of abnormal results you are welcome to contact the Medical Centre  to check whether your results have been received  and what they are 


Zero Fees for Under 13's

Aug 25 2015
We no longer charge standard consultation or ACC fees with a GP or Nurse for children under 13 who are enrolled at our practice. Casual patients will incur a charge.  For enrolled patients there will still be charges for items such as travel vaccines, minor surgery, house visits or where consumables are used in the course of treatment.

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