Updates from the Practice Team

Comings & Goings

Apr 27 2018

It is with sadness that we are saying farewell Dr Scott Walker.  Scott is taking some time to pursue other interests.  Scott has been an integral part of Paraparaumu Medical and his contribution, dedication and wonderful sense of humour will be missed.  We are fortunate to be welcoming two new doctors to the practice.  Dr Nicki Pointing and Dr Alex Lyudin will be joining us in May.  

Nicki and Alex are a husband and wife team who met while at University of Otago many years ago!
Both Nicki and Alex completed their clinical training in Dunedin hospital.
Alex enjoys a wide area of medicine and has a special interest in skin surgeries/minor procedures. He has completed a diploma in dermatoscopy (examination of skin lesions). Alex also has post graduate diplomas in Paediatric medicine and women’s health.
Alex has worked as a GP in Dunedin, central wellington and Lower Hutt. He has also enjoyed working in more rural settings in Southland and Central Otago, including obstetric cover there.
Nicki enjoys all aspects of family medicine. She has a special interest in women’s health and mental health. She is currently completing a post graduate diploma in child and adolescent mental health and is also part of the ADHD special interest group.
Nicki has worked at practices in Wellington and Johnsonville.
Nicki and Alex have two children. They enjoy spending their weekends with family and enjoy walking. They are looking forward to exploring all the walking tracks that the Kapiti coast has to offer.

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.

Exceptions

·         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).

https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/a/antibiotic-resistance/

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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Texting Patients

Aug 25 2015

Happy to receive texts?

If so we would like to start texting you messages such as

Reminders - 'You are due for a blood test.....'  or  'Its time for your diabetes check......'

Results - ' Your INR results are .....' or 'Pls. make an appt. to discuss your latest test results.....'

Don't want to receive texts?

Not a problem!- just let us know & we will make a note to continue contacting you by phone or mail and not to text you

Either way

Please ensure we always have your correct phone number(s)

 

NB. We can text you but unfortunately we can't receive texts from you

Shared Care Records

Aug 25 2015

A summary of your health records has been immediately available since April 2015 to hospital clinicians, afterhours GPs, and any other GPs you see on a casual basis.

The Shared Care Record lets authorised health care providers access a summary of information from your own GP.

Information like your test results, medical conditions, allergies and prescribed medications is shared. The information is available at any time, even if our medical practice is closed.

The information is stored securely in New Zealand and all access to the information is recorded and routinely audited.

You can choose to withhold some or all of your information. However, if you choose to withhold your information, health professionals involved in your care, for example in an emergency or after hours situation, may not immediately have information available and this could delay appropriate treatment and mean additional tests are needed.

If you don’t wish other health providers to have access to your Shared Care Record, you can opt-out by calling us on 0800 727 664, telling your GP, or sending a letter to the freepost address below:

Freepost Authority Shared Care Record
Compass Health
PO Box 27380
Marion Square
Wellington 6141 (No stamp required)

For more information on the Shared Care Record Project, click here.

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