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Level 3- please do not come to surgery unless directed

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We will primarily be doing virtual consults (phone and video) at Level 3. You can book these via portal or phone reception. Please do not come to collect prescriptions we can send them to pharmacies. If you feel you may need a covid test you can book a virtual appointment with one of our doctors. We do test our patients in their cars outside the practice at times but this depends on staff availability and weather- other wise we can advise you where to go for testing – or check the link here https://www.arphs.health.nz/public-health-topics/covid-19/where-to-get-tested/

Measles protection update 15-30 year olds…

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If you’re aged 15 to 30 you may not be protected against measles. Measles is
a serious disease that can make you very sick. It’s about eight times more
contagious than COVID-19 so it spreads fast.
Getting immunised is the best way to protect against measles – it’s easy and
it’s free – 2 doses is all you need for life!
When you immunise against measles, you don’t just protect yourself. You also
protect your whānau, your community, and future generations from harm.
Info link: https://www.hpa.org.nz/sites/default/files/6.0%20MEA002%20Protect%20against%20measles%20factsheet-web.pdf

Xmas reduced hours and where to get help… click for more

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The practice will close for consults in the holiday period from end of business day on Wednesday 23 December until 28 December. A reduced service by a duty doctor will be available for urgent prescriptions and telehealth consultations on the days noted below.

Normal business hours will resume on Monday 11 January. Please note that some of our doctors and nurses will still be on leave after this date.

Days Open with Reduced Hours

Xmas Eve Thu 24 Dec  9am – 12 noon urgent prescriptions only , no appointments

Tue 29 Dec    9am – 12 noon

Wed 30 Dec    9am – 12 noon

Thu 31 Dec    9am – 12 noon

Tue 5 Jan    9am – 1pm

Wed 6 Jan    9am – 1pm

Thu 7 Jan    9am – 1pm

Fri 8 Jan    9am – 1pm 

If you are an enrolled patient with this practice and need healthcare on the dates we are closed please call our usual practice phone number to speak to a registered nurse.

Call our practice number (09) 521 5128

If you need a virtual consultation we recommend CareHQ. CareHQ provides urgent and booked appointments with a real GP from 7am-7pm, 7 days per week. For more information or to book visit www.carehq.co.nz

If you have a medical emergency please dial 111.

The closest accident and medical centre (A&M) to this practice is: White Cross Urgent Care, 110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington

Christmas Newsletter 2020

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What a year it has been! We would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during these challenging times. Our practice team have had to adapt quickly to continue to provide quality healthcare to our practice population over the lockdowns and different alert levels. We are very proud of how our staff have coped with changes in systems and processes, in particular moving to virtual consultations via telephone and video consultations. These have proved to be popular and we will continue to offer these as an option for our patients.

With the holiday season fast approaching we suggest that you check that you have enough prescription medication to see you through. Please order any repeat prescriptions as soon as possible, via the patient portal or by phoning in, to avoid pre-Christmas congestion. 

If it’s time for your next check-up, or it will be due during the holidays, please plan ahead. Appointment slots before Christmas are filling up fast!

Meadowbank General Practice Holiday Opening Hours:

The Practice will close on Wednesday 23 December 2020, end of day

Normal business hours will resume on Monday 11 January.

Our practice team members will be taking well-earned breaks over the holiday period howevera reduced service by a duty doctor will be available for urgent prescriptions and consultations on the following days:

Tuesday 29-Thursday 31 December 9am-12 noon

Tuesday 5-Friday 8 January 9am-1pm

Please see our website www.mgpdoctors.nz for further information including opening times.

If you are an enrolled patient with this practice and need healthcare when we are closed please call our usual practice phone number (09) 521 5128 to speak to a registered nurse who can offer medical advice 24 hours a day.

If you need a virtual consultation when we are not available we recommend CareHQ. CareHQ provides urgent and booked appointments with a real GP from 7am-7pm, 7 days per week. For more information or to book visit www.carehq.co.nz

If you have a medical emergency please dial 111.

The closest accident and medical centre (A&M) to this practice is: White Cross Urgent Care, 110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, (09) 5708899

Farewell to Dr Kerryn

The team at MGP are sad to say that Dr Kerryn van Rij will be leaving us in December. Kerryn has had a long association with MGP Limited and she is taking a break from General Practice to do some more study and keep up with her busy young family! We send our very best wishes and we will all certainly miss her.

The team at MGP will continue to care for her regular patients and we wish to welcome Dr Lydia Sulima who will be joining us in February

We wish you a happy, safe and restful holiday season,

From the team at Meadowbank General Practice.

Farewell to lovely Dr Kerryn

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The team at MGP are sad to say that Dr Kerryn van Rij will be leaving us in December. Kerryn has had a long association with MGP Limited and she

is taking a break from General Practice to do some more study and keep up with her busy young family!

We send our very best wishes and we will all certainly miss her.

The team at MGP will continue to care for her regular patients.

Updated testing centres

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Monday to Friday please do contact us if you are concerned about your symptoms and would like to talk to a doctor about an assessment, or any difficulty arranging a test. There are no charges for these virtual appointments for symptoms of Covid-19. We do also have some ability to arrange tests at Meadowbank General Practice.

Testing centres listed below :

Be aware that this keeps evolving ……. the drop down box of ‘Central Auckland and Island GP Clinics ‘ has our local testing centres listed .

https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/

Immunisation schedule changes/updates click to read more

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From 1 October 2020 the following changes have been made to the National Immunisation Schedule.

A new event has been created at age 12 months, and MMR vaccine will move from being given at 15 months and 4 years to being given at 12 months and 15 months.

For more info see: https://www.immune.org.nz/sites/default/files/resources/Written%20Resources/ProgrammeScheduleCardOct2020Imac20201001V01Final%20web.pdf

Still Masking at Level 1 – click to read more…

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We are asking people to continue to wear masks when visiting the practice,  and also avoiding having coughs and colds in our waiting room.  We apologise that this may be frustrating,  but we need to keep our vulnerable patients safe, and also not risk  sudden closure of the practice due to this sneaky virus!

Why masks at level 1 for now? …..

  1. Avoiding Covid risk for all patients and staff while ensuring practice continuity
  2. Avoiding transmission of ordinary coughs and colds, so we can keep everyone, especially medically vulnerable people safe. This is important to avoid confusion/worry about whether they may have Covid, which would impact on their care.
  3. The college of GPs is still recommending this approach for safety for all.

Thank you from the team at Meadowbank!

We support pay parity for Primary Care Nurses

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You may see information in media about Primary Care Nurses lack of pay parity with secondary care. 

We support pay parity for New Zealand’s valuable workforce of Primary Care Nurses, the chronic underfunding of primary care, and the ongoing lobbying of the government for these issues. 

Article summarising more info, if you are interested…

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/over-3000-nurses-healthcare-workers-stop-work-across-nz-end-month

Driver Licences

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To help smooth the transition back to compliance, the following documents are temporarily extended:

  • WoFs and CoFs, driver licences that expired on or after 1 January 2020.
  • Other vehicle certifications which expired on or after 1 January 2020, including alternative fuel inspection certificates, permits authorising use of vehicles with conditions, and heavy vehicle specialist certifications of towing connections and log bolster attachments.
  • Endorsements (including drivers of small and large passenger services and dangerous good endorsements held by some truck drivers) that expired on or after 1 March 2020.
  • The legislative changes also allow a temporary suspension of the requirement to have a current vehicle licence if the vehicle licence expired on or after 1 January 2020.

New expiry dates

Once we start adjusting back to business as normal, the Transport Agency, working closely with industry groups, will set expiry dates for these documents, which could extend up until 10 October 2020. We will let you know as we set these dates and will ensure you have plenty of time to get your documents compliant. Please check that we have your correct contact details – you can do this on our website.