Updates from the Practice Team

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.


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. 

Linden Surgery's Christmas Hours

Dec 21 2018



Linden Surgery’ Christmas hours


Closed Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day

Closed Wednesday 26th December Boxing Day


Closed Tuesday 1st January 2019 New Year’s Day

Closed Wednesday 2nd January 2019



For Urgent Out of Hours Care.

Kenepuru Accident & Medical Clinic

Raiha Street, Porirua.

Phone 918 2300



Linden Surgery's Newsletter

Dec 21 2018


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

Food preparation

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

Organ meat

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” 



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