Health review and assessment
We have a recall system to help you to schedule when you are due for routine checks such as blood tests, smears, mammograms, immunisations and a wide range of services to assist to manage your health and wellness.
If you wish to be reminded when your repeat test is due please let us know and we can add a reminder to your file.
Blood pressure measurement
Blood pressure moves that vital blood around your body. Unfortunately one in five of us, have blood pressure that is persistently too high – that’s known as hypertension.
Your doctor may prescribe some medication to help reduce your blood pressure but lifestyle changes such as diet and fitness may also help you keep your blood pressure in check. Our nurses can help support you to know what will make a difference and how to change your lifestyle.
If you would like some assistance or guidance to make changes to your lifestyle, please call and make a ‘well man’ or ‘well woman’ appointment with our nurses.
If you are over 40 years of age and have not had a previous free heart check please call our nurses for more information about this service and to make an appointment.
Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is still the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 40% of deaths annually.
The health check includes measuring and discussing key health indicators.
We recommend cervical smears for all women from 20 years of age.
Our nurses performing cervical smears are qualified smear takers.
Some women may be eligible for a free smear so ask when you call.
Alternatively we can provide a full well women examination which includes your smear. As this is a longer examination time, please let our receptionist know when you make the appointment.
Diabetes Annual Review (DAR)
It is important for all people with diabetes to get an annual check up (your treatment provider may recommend you have more regular check ups).
You will qualify for a free annual review through the “LINC” Programme. It may be helpful to schedule your check in the month of your birthday each year as this is often a good way of remembering when it is due.
If you haven’t had a diabetes check for a while, please give us a call and we can schedule your next DAR.
Managing your respiratory condition – eg Asthma and COPD
In asthma, the series of branching tubes or airways that take air deep into the lungs become over sensitive and react to things that would normally cause no problem, eg, cold air, smoke or dust.
Understanding your asthma, its triggers, the when and why of asthma medicines, the best way to use your inhaler and developing a self-management plan, may help put you on the road to better asthma control.
Spirometry is a test to determine lung function. Irene and Debbie are our specialist respiratory nurses. If you want to make an appointment for this test, please let the reception staff know when you make your appointment that you want a spirometry.
Smoking affects nearly every organ and system in your body. It is the main cause of lung cancer and respiratory (lung) disease, and is a major risk for heart disease, mouth, throat and other cancers.
More than 700,000 New Zealanders smoke and nearly 5000 deaths a year are directly due smoking, to second-hand smoke’s effect on non-smokers and even third-hand smoke (after a cigarette has been stubbed out).
Cigarette smoke is dangerous for unborn babies, and increases childhood middle-ear infections, respiratory problems and asthma.
Our nurses and doctors can support you when you want to quit. We can provide NRT products such as patches, gum and lozenges. We can assess your eligibility for Champix.
Within one day of quitting, your heart attack risk decreases. In two days, your smell and taste improve. Within three months, your blood circulates better and your lungs and breathing can improve by 30%. www.quit.org.nz (Quitline 0800 778 778).
Influenza (flu) vaccinations
Anyone can catch ‘the flu’ – being fit and healthy does not stop you from getting catching the flu and each year there influenza virus is likely to change from last year’s flu bug.
Influenza can be a serious health risk and is often highly contagious. Having an annual influenza vaccination helps protect yourself and those you come into contact with.
Having a ‘flu shot’ may protect you against the unpleasant effects of influenza: headaches, fever and aches and pains and may greatly reduce your risk of serious complications as the result of influenza.
If you live or work with people who are at much greater risk of complications from flu than yourself – the elderly or those with long term conditions – it is worth you considering having the flu vaccination to help protect their health too.
You can get the flu vaccine by making a single visit to your doctor or practice nurse. It takes two weeks after vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective. Some people also qualify for a free flu shot (see below).
Each year the flu vaccine is developed to match the different strains of flu virus you are likely to encounter. In New Zealand, the new vaccine is normally made available in early March and people are advised to have the vaccine before the winter season when the flu is most prevalent.
From early March each year (for a specified period), immunisation is free for New Zealanders aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, and children and adults under 65 who have certain medical conditions or meet eligibility requirements. Vaccination is free for some. Please ask our staff if you may be eligible for a free flu vaccine particularly if you;
- are aged 65 years or over,
- are pregnant,
- regularly use an asthma preventer,
- have diabetes,
- have heart disease,
- have kidney problems,
- have cancer,
- or have a serious medical condition.