Now that NZ is in Alert level 1 there has been a loosening of the restrictions that have been in place until this point. Although there are no current cases Covid remains a possibility until a vaccine is developed.
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As NZ is set to move to Level 2 on Thursday we thought it time to update you on what that means in relation to receiving healthcare from us.
We are pleased to advise that we are now allowed to offer flu immunisations to everyone.
The vaccination is $40 for non-eligible patients.
We are booking about a week ahead to manage both vaccine supplies and physical distancing in our waiting room. However, we do have a special Saturday morning clinic (for adult patients only) this Saturday May 2nd from 9am to 11.45am.
To book your appointment please phone us 478-9858.
As always your health and wellbeing are important to us. Please don't delay seeking medical advice.
You can book a telephone or video consultation with your GP, either via ManageMyHealth or by calling our reception team. Please note that standard consultation fees apply.
We have received advice from the Ministry of Health that the initial period where we were only permitted to provide flu immunisations to vulnerable patients has been extended.
Originally we were going to be allowed to provide flu immunisations to the general population from 13th April – this has now been extended until 27th April or until the Ministry is confident that the priority groups have been vaccinated.
Flu vaccinations - Bookings ON HOLD - Low stock nationwide
We had begun giving flu vaccinations to those patients eligible for a funded vaccination. (The government directed that they are only given to these patients for the first month).
However we cannot take any further bookings as the supplier has advised that further vaccine supplies are not expected until mid to late April.
We will contact patients eligible for a funded vaccine as soon as more stock has arrived.
Well, how quickly things can change! Now that the government has placed us in a Level 4 alert the way General Practice operates is very different. We know you may have questions. Many answers can be found here:
Your health and well-being remain very important to us - we just need to interact with you in alternative ways. Please be assured that you will be looked after. Some info specific to us:
In an effort to help contain the spread of Covid-19 we were instructed yesterday to make changes to how we see patients, and to dramatically reduce the number of patients we see face-to-face.
From Monday 23rd March 2020 we will only be seeing patients in person when it is deemed clinically necessary by one of our doctors or nurses.
Coronavirus update-as at 20 March 2020
As at 1.00pm the Ministry of Health advise that there are 39 cases in NZ and todate all have been linked to overseas travel.
Updates from us:
1. Our reception team will be asking you for the reason for your appointment when you phone to book. This helps us with our preparations to ensure we keep you, other patients, and our team safe. While we appreciate some matters may be sensitive we ask you to please answer their question if you can.
From 1 December 2019 Pharmac has made access to the Menactra vaccine FREE for people aged 13-25 years in a close-living situation.
To be eligible you must be 13-25 years of age and entering your first year of living in boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence , military barracks or prisons.
There will also be a catch-up programme from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2020 for those patients aged 13-25 years who are already in a close-living situation.