The cost of visiting the doctor is now cheaper for Community Services Card holders, and free to children up to the age of 14.
A Health Care Home …
Enables more control of the day, for practice teams via a continuous improvement approach, new ways of working and supporting a culture of innovation.
Enables increased access and options, for patients via enhanced same day triage, increased use of patient portal and proactive management of patients with chronic conditions and complex care needs.
Supports more sustainable general practices, for communities and practice owners via changes to the way demand is managed, changes to patient and staff work flow and innovative ways of using existing and new workforce.
When you go to your General practice for your annual flu vaccination, please ask for the free shingles vaccine available for you from the 1st of April 2018.
Shingles is caused from the Chickenpox virus which lays dormant in your system and can occur at any time but is more common in people over 50 years of age- with 2/3’s of cases being reported in 1 of every 2 people by the age of 85 years.
Dr Andrew Lindsay, Medical Officer of Health with the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service, urges parents and caregivers of young children, pregnant women and every person who has close contact with young children or pregnant women to check their whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination status and get vaccinated as soon as possible before heading off for holiday travel and family events.
“The whooping cough outbreak continues in the Nelson Marlborough region and has been declared a national outbreak,” Dr Lindsay says.
Then look under the ‘Infection Control’ tab, especially ‘GP Resources’