With another year drawing to a close we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, safe travels and good health for the future.
We are open over the holiday period except for the Stat holidays –both surgeries will have limited appointments available. If you are sick out of our normal opening hours please remember you can ring health line on 0800 611 116 or attend Kenepuru Afterhours ph 918 2300.
We have had some staff changes at Tawa. We farewell our most senior Director Dr Kevin Fitzsimons, to full retirement after 37 years of being with Tawa. He will be greatly missed, we wish him a long and happy retirement we are sure he will enjoy being able to play a round of golf on any sunny day he chooses.
We also farewell Dr Sarah Li. We wish her well for the future and would like to thank her for her time with us at both surgeries.
We recently attended the wedding of our nurse Natasha Willoughby to Joel. She has taken his name and is now Natasha Robertson. We wish them every happiness for a long healthy married life together.
At this time of year we have different health needs so here are a few reminders on how to take care of yourself and your family.
While the sun is our friend in raising our Vitamin D levels we only need 10 minutes of early morning and late afternoon sun on our bare skin to raise our levels sufficiently. If you’re out in the sun it’s important to remember to slip slop slap and now add on wrap and sip.
Slip on a shirt with long sleeves
Slip into the shade of a tree or umbrella –check the umbrella has some UV protection
Slop on sunscreen
Slap on a hat
Wrap your eyes and your children’s with some shades
Sip on some water –keep hydrated
It is important to remember to wash your hands before preparing food (and those of your little helpers) remember if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting stay away from preparing food for others
Ensure you use different chopping boards for different foods. Keep raw meats separate from other foods.
Cover with glad wrap or in a container with a lid if storing leftovers in the fridge.
Be careful when reheating food that you make it hot enough.
If you are pregnant or someone in your family is, ensure you know what is OK to eat and avoid the processed, undercooked and raw meats, and fish/shellfish.
Avoid raw eggs which you may find in eggnog
Unwashed produce and raw sprouts
These foods may contain bacteria which is harmful to mother and baby.
Remember this motto when assessing food” if in doubt –throw it out “
Diarrhoea and Vomiting
If you are one of the unfortunates that does succumb to gastroenteritis, try and isolate yourself from other family members, especially if they are susceptible but also remember for some particularly the very young and old they can become unwell quite fast so if you are worried about their condition /seek medical attention early for the very young and very frail or if dehydration is indicated they should be seen the same day. Any concerns remember health line are only a call away.
For the very young watch the nappy –is it still wet, are you still needing to change it often-if not seek medical attention.
If you can, use a different toilet.
Wash your hands after toileting and before meals and any other time they are deemed dirty.
Use your own hand towel to dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
Ensure you maintain good hygiene
If vomiting have small sips of fluids (10-20mls only) every 5-10 mins. Do not worry about food for 4-6 hours –once you restart food avoid dairy and fatty foods.
Diarrhoea –encourage fluids –one glass for each loose motion -stay on bland diet for 2-3 days after diarrhoea stops.
If diarrhoea lasts more than 3 days but you are otherwise well you should see Dr for review.
Fluids to give
If breastfeeding child is unwell you can continue to breastfeed them. Make sure you keep your own fluids and hygiene up.
Diluted fruit juice cordial or non-diet fizzy drinks –dilute to 4 parts water.
Electrolyte drinks –PowerAde, pedialtye, gastrolyte
Or you can make your own ¼ to 1 tsp salt and 8 tsp sugar to 1 litre of water preferably boiled and cooled.
Many of you will have noticed a drop in the fees you are being charged from December 1st this year. This applies to those with Community Services cards-please ensure if you have one we have your number loaded into our system to ensure you receive maximum benefit.
We will be making some changes at both surgeries in 2019 with a new phone system, Doctors starting to triage urgent calls for a few minutes in the morning and some new nurse led initiatives which will envelop Advanced Care plans and Long term conditions into one package. We are hoping to increase the number of patients on Manage My Health.
We will be putting out a more detailed newsletter informing you when these changes are to take place once plans and systems have been finalised.
From us all at Linden Surgery and Tawa Medical Centre we wish you a
“Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia”