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Measles Update

4th October 2019

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

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 chidren 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 fullname.  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:

Measles Update – 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

New Doctors

Dr Anasuya Vishvanath (Anu)  is now back from maternity leave and currently working Tuesday afternoons in the practice.

Dr Atikah Razley, Dr Jessica Cheung and Dr Hannah Walker are also taking new patients.

Same day appointments are available!  Enrol now and ask our team about Manage My Health the secure Patient Portal, where you can book your non-urgent appointments, order repeat prescriptions and receive test results.

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
Click here to enrol at Onslow Medical Centre