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28th November 2019 –  Onslow Medical Centre Christmas Hours

Please see below our opening hours for the holiday period, as we too will be enjoying the glorious festivities with our family and friends…..

 Monday 23rd December:                        8.00am – 7.00pm

Tuesday 24th December:                         8.00am – 4.00pm

Wednesday 25th December:                                    Closed

Thursday 26th December:                                        Closed

Friday 27th December:                            9.00am – 5.00pm

Monday 30th December:                         9.00am- 5.00pm

Tuesday 31st December:                          9.00am- 4.00pm

Tuesday 1st January:                                               Closed

Wednesday 2nd January:                                       Closed

Friday 3th January:                                   9.00am – 5.00pm

Monday 6th January:                                Normal Hours Resume

In an Emergency call 111

Or call:    Wellington Accident & Urgent Medical Centre

17 Adelaide Rd

Newtown

Wellington

Ph: 04 384 4944

Open: Everyday

8.00am to 11pm  after 11pm

call:  Healthline on 0800 611 116

28th November 2019   – Protection against Meningococcal C

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A vaccine to protect against Meningococcal C is now funded for some young people from 1st December 2019.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). It can be passed by coughing, sneezing, kissing, or sharing eating utensils and develops quickly. (source: Ministry of Health website).

The Menactra vaccine is funded for those aged 13-25 years who are currently living in, or going to be living in, close living situations in the next 3 months and who have not had the vaccine previously.

Close living situations are considered to be boarding schools, hostels, tertiary education halls of residence, military barracks.

Ideally, people should be vaccinated at least two weeks before returning to, or moving into, close living situations.

Please ring us on 04 478 9999 to make an appointment for the vaccination or to discuss it further with a nurse.

4th October 2019 – Measles Update

Measles is in the headlines and all over the media at present! If you are over 50 years of age you will be immune.

If you have any of the following symptoms – please do not come into the practice as measles is highly infectious and it will put others at risk, especially small babies who cant be immunised until they are at least 6 months old.

Those patients over the age of 50 years will be immune. if you need advice please call: 04 478 9999 and speak to one of  our nurses.

Measles Symptoms:

  • a persistent high fever
  • a cough
  • a runny nose
  • sore and watery “pink” eyes
  • sometimes small white spots on the back inner cheek of your mouth

Day 3 – 7 of illness a blotchy rash which tends to start on your face and behind the ears before moving over your head and down your body. You will be infectious from 5 days before and 5 days after the rash appears.

If you are concerned please call us on: 04 478 9999

REMINDER: PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE PRACTICE IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE MEASLES

23 September 2019 – Measles

We are getting an increased number of calls regarding the measles information that has been in the media and we appreciate that this is a concerning time for you, especially if you have travel plans to the most affected parts of NZ.

Parents of children aged 0-14yrs can email RES-NIR@huttvalleydhb.org.nz and ask for a copy of their child’s National Immunisation Register (NIR) record for measles.  You will need to provide your child’s full name, date of birth, NHI number (if known), and the mother’s full name.  Please note the NIR was only formed in 2005 so records are not available for children aged over 14 years.

Thank you for your patience at what is an already busy time of year for us.  We will do our very best to return your calls by the end of the following business day.  In the meantime please find information below from Regional Public Health:

6 September 2019 – MMR Vaccine

The vaccine is in high demand and limited supply, hence we have been told to prioritise as vaccine supplies allow:

  • Babies aged 12-14 months travelling to Auckland are recommended to have their 1st MMR early at 12 months.  Ideally 2 weeks before travel to allow protection to develop.
  • People travelling to Auckland, particularly Pacific or Maori people visiting family and friends in South Auckland.
  • People(including babies aged 6-12 months) travelling overseas where large measles outbreaks are occurring.  Further advice and details of countries with measles outbreaks can be found at www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand

To enrol with Onslow Medical Centre please click here to read more

Patient Kiosk

We now have an alternative way of letting our team know when you have arrived for your appointment.

Inside the door on the reception desk  is our “check in” screen.  This kiosk is great for keeping your details up to date such as: address, mobile number, email etc.  After checking in you can then take a seat in the waiting room.

It is easy to use but if you would like a hand just ask one of our reception team. Please be assured the touch screen is cleaned regularly for infection control.

Of course  our reception team is always on hand to assist you.

Please be reminded that you must check in when you arrive, either at the kiosk or with our receptionist. If you don’t this may delay your appointment time with the doctor.

Patient Portal – Manage My Health

We have a large number of patients already accessing their health information online.

This is a confidential and secure way to access your health information online and to communicate with your Doctor or Nurse. You can view test results, request repeat prescriptions and book non-urgent appointments that suit your busy schedule. Manage My Health also has an app that you can download.

Please ask our reception team to get you started, its easy!

To have a look at Manage My Health just click here.

For the Manage My Health consent form, click here.

Zero Fees* for 14 Years and Under

From 1 December 2018 children enrolled as patients aged between 0–13 years, will be no charge at Onslow Medical Centre for GP consultations, ACC related visits and prescriptions.

* Please note that there will remain a charge for consumables such as: Liquid Nitrogen, dressings.

The Zero Fees policy does not apply to casual or non-New Zealand residents.

To make an appointment phone us on 04 478 9999
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