The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way GPs do business and the way you, our patients, seek our help. While social distancing is a necessity, it is still important for you to contact us when you need medical advice.
We assure you that you will be cared for safely should you need to come in to our practice for an in-person consultation.
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has produced some FAQs for our patients - please click on the link for further information.
New Zealand is now at Covid-19 Alert Level 1 - click here for official information.
For the latest national health advice call 0800 358-5453 or click here.
We are pretty much back to "business as usual" but with some improved safety measures and efficiencies that we have successfully adopted into our daily practice that are here to stay:
Phone Consultations - we will continue to do phone consultations as required - if you feel this would suit your needs, please ask at the time of booking. If you are unsure whether you need to be seen it's okay to start with a phone consult and we can make a plan to ensure you are fully assessed. These will continue to be charged at the standard consultation rates.
Face-to-Face Appointments - these are freely available BUT we continue to screen for any respiratory symptoms to reduce infective germs in our waiting room.
If you have symptoms of fever, cough or sore throat, please let us know when you call for an appointment, and when you arrive at the surgery please wait in your car and give us a call to let us know you are here. The doctor will come to you. If a Covid-19 swab is required we can do this for you.
We appreciate your cooperation during these past few weeks and into the foreseeable future.
Coronavirus Symptoms? Phone Healthline on 0800 358-5453.
Having your flu vaccination and other necessary immunisations is of high priority so please attend your appointment.
We will be offering Flu vaccinations to our non-vulnerable patients from 28 April 2020 - please call for an appointment.
Please don't put off screening, immunisations and other routine appointments that may be pending.
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS - In this current situation please allow 48 hours for your prescription to be completed. If your script is not due to run out, please refrain from ringing the clinic. Thank you for your patience.
Due to the extra time taken to compose referral letters, outside of consultation times, we must charge a small fee for these.
ZOSTAVAX (Shingles) Vaccine
~ ZOSTAVAX is now available - please book an appointment with the nurse for this vaccination ~
Around 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. As you age it becomes easier for shingles to break through your body's defences.
Shingles can appear as an unsightly, blistering rash, more often on your face or torso. Whilst the rash can look terrible it is the pain that most sufferers remember. And for 1 in 5 people with shingles, the pain will worsen due to a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), chronic nerve pain that can last for months, even years, after the rash has healed.
ZOSTAVAX is the first and only vaccine to help prevent shingles. A single dose vaccine, ZOSTAVAX reduces the risk of developing shingles and its associated short and long term pain.
If you are aged 65-80, ask you doctor today if you can have the FREE shingles vaccine.
A Reminder About Immunisation
Whooping cough notifications rose across the Bay of Plenty last year and 2017 saw small children admitted to hospital.
Toi Te Ora Public Health Service was notified of 95 people with whooping cough in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts in 2016, up from 34 in 2015. In 2016, 10 cases were babies aged one year or under (who are the most at risk of complications) and 11 were young children aged between one and four years.
Whooping cough is a highly infectious illness caused by bacteria that are spread through the community by coughing and sneezing, in the same way as colds and influenza. Protect your children from this distressing and serious disease with the Boostrix vaccination.
Girven Road Medical Centre encourages all patients to keep their, and their children's, immunisations up-to-date. Please call and talk to the nurse if you have any queries about immunisation. To help protect your baby, ask your close family and friends to get vaccinated. The Boostrix vaccination is free to pregnant women between 28 and 38 weeks gestation.