Updates from the Practice Team

MMR Update 26th November 2019

Nov 26 2019

Due to the high number of cases of measles currently being reported in Samoa, Tonga, the Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health has revised the priority group to include anyone travelling to this area, (aged 50 and under), who does not have one documented MMR.

If you unsure whether you are travelling to an outbreak area outbreak region can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/measles-global.

All people need to be vaccinated at least two weeks before travel.

 

We also recommend infants aged six to 11 months travelling to an outbreak area (Overseas or Auckland) have one dose of MMR. Please remember that any child vaccinated before 12 months of age will still need two further doses of MMR.

Other priority groups remain the same.

All children should receive their Schedule vaccines on time at 15 months and 4 years.

Children aged 5 years to under 15 years who do not have one documented MMR vaccination should have one MMR.

Susceptible close contacts of a confirmed case should be vaccinated within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible.

November Newsletter

Nov 18 2019

 Linden Surgery & Tawa Medical Centre

WEBSITES

 Both Tawa Medical Centre and Linden Surgery have their own websites

www.tawamedical.co.nz or

www.lindensurgery.co.nz

 You are welcome to visit our websites where you will be able to meet our teams, read our news, find our hours, read about the Patient portal and find links to self-help resources. We hope you find the information provided on the website useful. We will be updating it with relevant news items as they come to hand.

MEASLES UPDATE

 As you will no doubt be aware from media coverage Measles has been an unwelcome visitor to many areas of NZ this year. Unfortunately due to the high demand on limited vaccine supply we have had limited and at times no vaccines at our disposal. The Ministry of Health is working to secure further vaccine from overseas but their priority target area continues to be Auckland.

We have been instructed that our priority is to ensure that all our 15-month olds and 4-year olds are vaccinated on time.

In the last week one restriction that has been lifted is babies 6-11 months old who are travelling to Auckland may now be offered a vaccination. They will still require 2 MMR one at 15 months, one at 4 years of age.

If any children under 15 years of age do not have one documented MMR, we are now able to offer them vaccination.

Unfortunately, anyone over 15 is still not able to be offered a vaccination. We understand that this may be causing you some concerns. If you are immune compromised or in close contact with a confirmed case of measles, you should be vaccinated within 72 hours of first exposure to measles.

If you think you have measles please ring us - do not just turn up as we do not wish to have everyone in our waiting room potentially exposed to measles.

Please remember if you were born before JAN 1969 you will have been exposed to measles during your childhood as there was still wild measles in our community, so you are considered IMMUNE. If you are over 50 you DO NOT need to get vaccinated.

 ZOSTAVAX (SHINGLES VACCINATION)

From April 1st, 2018 Zostavax (the Shingles Vaccine) has been FREE for those aged 65-80.

The Zostavax campaign for those who were aged 66-80 on April 1st 2018 ends on March 31st 2020 or when you turn 81 whichever comes first.

The Zostavax campaign will be over before the 2020 Influenza immunisation program begins so please do not wait to have this done. After March 31st you will NO longer be eligible for a free immunisation. I on or after 1st April 2018 there is no time limit to receive their funded Zostavax dose.

Everyone who wishes to have Zostavax is required to complete a screening questionnaire before being given the vaccine, to ensure it is in your best interests to receive it.

Zostavax can be given to patients over 50 but if you are not eligible for a free vaccine there is a cost of $250 which includes the nurse consultation. As with every vaccine you must wait 20 minutes after your vaccination to ensure you have no reaction .

MENACTRA/BEXSERO

 We would encourage anyone heading off to University, (especially those entering first year and heading to halls of residence) , to consider getting vaccinated with Menactra and/or Bexsero.

Menactra covers meningococcal A C Y and W which were the cause of around 50 % of cases last year Menactra and Bexsero(MenzB vaccination) can be given at the same time to ensure maximum effect.You should consider having a course of Bexsero even if you have been vaccinated for MenzB previously .

If you are interested in having either or both of these vaccinations please ring and book on 2327193 for a nurse appointment. Please Ensure you tell the receptionist what vaccination you are coming for as we need to make sure we have current stock and may need to order it. Before you can receive

the vaccination your Doctor will review your records to ensure it is appropriate for it to be given .

The current price for Menactra is $155 and it is just a single dose.

Bexsero is a course of two vaccines regardless of prior MenzB vaccinations. The cost per dose is $170.

CHECK IN KIOSK

 You will notice as you come in the door we now have a check- in kiosk to speed up the check in process. All you need to do is follow the prompts to check in and to update any information. You need to complete the process to ensure you are checked in correctly. We appreciate you taking the time to do this.

NEW PHONE SYSTEM

 Many of you will notice we have moved to a new phone system-we have had a few teething issues. We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience

PATIENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY WEEK

 Next week November 18-24th is Patient Experience Survey Week.

 If you come into our practice during this time you may be contacted to answer a survey about your experience with the Practice.

You may be contacted via text or email so please ensure we have your correct details.

MEASLES UPDATE

Sep 21 2019

 

 

THE CCDHB HAS INSTRUCTED OUR MEDICAL CENTRE, THAT THE PRIORITY GROUP FOR MMR VACCINATIONS                                                                                                                                                 IS THE 15 MONTH AND 4 YEAR OLD CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS.  THE CCDHB WILL PROVIDE  VACCINES FOR THIS COHORT.                                                                                                            THERE WILL BE NO OTHER MMR VACCINES PROVIDED OUTSIDE OF THIS COHORT AT THIS STAGE.

WE WILL ADVERTISE ON OUR WEBSITE www.lindensurgery.co.nz  WHEN THERE ARE VACCINATIONS                                                                                                                                                  AVAILABLE FOR PATIENTS OUTSIDE OF THIS COHORT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. 


Linden Community Woman's Day

Jun 26 2019

Nurses' Kathleen and Sandy from Linden Surgery and Dr Cat Rourke from Tawa Medical Centre, participate in Linden's Woman's Day by providing free Health Checks

 

Linden and Tawa Surgeries CVRA Breakfast

Mar 19 2019

On Saturday March 2nd we held our first CVRA breakfast at the Tawa Community Centre.

 Invitations went out to our Maori and Pacific Island patients aged 30-40 who had not had their Cardiovascular Risk Assessment.     26 patients of our attended the breakfast.

Staff from Linden Surgery and Tawa Medical Centre together with Te Huri, Anne-Maree and Sarah from Compass Health (our PHO) provided them with a health assessment.   Dr John Langham gave a talk on heart disease and the implications that it can have on a person’s health journey.  The team pitched in to provide everyone who attended with a delicious healthy breakfast.   Cliff who has had an unexpected cardiac medical event, spoke on his health journey, sharing his first-hand experience, a valuable insight for patients and staff.

We were delighted at the enthusiasm of the participants which made this event a great success.

MEASLES UPDATE

Mar 15 2019

At present we have no known cases of Measles in the Wellington region.

 The supplier is giving priority to the parts of the country where there are known cases.

 When we receive vaccines priority will be given to those who have never had an MMR dose, starting with children aged 12 months to 5 years

The second priority will be those aged 6 to 12 years old who have no documented second dose and then 13-28 year olds, who have no documented second dose.

 Regional Public Health advise:

·        if you are over 50 years old you are considered to be immune as measles was prevalent prior to 1969.

·        if you are aged 28 to 49 years old, and have had one dose of MMR, you are considered to be 95% protected.

 We understand that you may be concerned and want to check your immunisation status. We are experiencing a high number of these calls,                                                                                      in addition to our daily phone calls and will return your call re MMR status within 3 business days.

 For more information please go to http://www.immune.org.nz/

 Nga Mihi

Linden Surgery

The Flu vaccine is not available until April this year.

Mar 11 2019
We will advise you when we have the vaccines in the Surgery. 

The Flu vaccine is not available until April this year.

Mar 11 2019
We will advise you when we have the vaccines in the Surgery. 
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