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Second COVID-19 booster

A second COVID-19 booster is available for:

  • everyone over the age of 50 and recommended for anyone over the age of 65
  • Māori and Pacific Peoples older than 50
  • people who are severely immunocompromised
  • health, aged-care and disability workers over the age of 30.

For those not at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a two-dose primary course and one booster continues to provide very good protection. So, for those who haven’t had a first booster, please act now.

The second booster dose should be given 6 months after the previous dose, and postponed for 3 months after a COVID-19 infection.

A second booster dose is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant and is healthy, including those with no underlying health conditions which could increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

Staying up-to-date with the recommended COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to protect you from the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation or death.

How to book a second booster:

MHC are offering some COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  If you are eligible you can book an appointment online through Book My Vaccine or by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).

Protect Against Measles

If you haven’t had your two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, or you are not sure, get your FREE immunisation now.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious illness. With the re-opening of NZ’s international borders, we are expecting measles cases in NZ to rise.  Getting immunised is the best way to protect you, your whānau and the community from catching and spreading measles.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine will protect 99% of people against measles.  We can stop outbreaks of measles if enough people have their MMR vaccination.  Anyone born in or after January 1969 is eligible for two free MMR doses.  Those born before this date are already considered immune.

To find out if you’ve had two doses of MMR, ask one of our practice nurses or check your Plunket or Well Child book.  If you can’t find out for sure, then play it safe and get vaccinated.  There are no safety concerns with having additional MMR doses.

For more information click here: ProtectAgainstMeasles.org.nz

Orange Traffic Light Setting – Patient Information

MHC has had to implement a number of changes to the way we provide care for our patients during the constantly changing Covid environment.  These changes have enabled us to continue to deliver accessible high quality health care to our patients while continuing to keep patients and staff safe.

When booking an appointment, we strongly encourage telephone or video consults with your doctor where possible to limit the number of patients in the health centre at any one time.   We continue to offer bookings via Manage My Health for phone or video consults only.  If you need to book a face-to-face consult with your doctor or nurse, please phone reception to make an appointment and they will give you instructions on whether you need to wait in your vehicle prior to your appointment.

If you have any Covid or respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, cough, fever, aches, loss or smell or any other cold or flu symptoms.) please phone us BEFORE coming to the practice.  It is also important to advise reception If you are a ‘Household Contact’ or if you have had Covid but have ongoing (or new symptoms) so that they can book you an appointment in the appropriate area.

Please let our reception team know if you have a mask exemption and they will give you instructions on what you need to do to keep yourself safe when you arrive for your appointment.

When arriving at the practice, to keep other patients and staff safe, we ask you NOT to arrive early for your appointment and before entering the practice, please put on a mask and use the hand sanitiser at the door.  Everyone aged 12 years and over needs to wear a medical mask while inside the building.  If you do not have one, we have some available at the practice.

 

 

NURSING SERVICES

MHC continues to offer all nursing services including cervical smears and immunisations.  If your child is due for their immunisations, please phone reception to book an appointment. We ask that only one adult accompanies your child to the practice and no siblings if this is at all possible.

FLU VACCINES 2022

Influenza, “the flu”, can be anywhere and is easily spread through talking, coughing and sneezing.  Up to one in five people get influenza every year. Some people can get very sick with the flu while others may not know they have it as they do not feel unwell.  But they can still pass it on to other people and make them very sick.

Getting your flu vaccine is one of the best things you can do to stay well and protect yourself, your family and friends during this flu season.

The flu vaccine is available at MHC from Monday 4th April.  To book a vaccine with one of our friendly nursing team, please phone reception on 466 5011.

The cost of the Flu vaccine is $39.50 OR you may be eligible for a FREE flu vaccine if you fall under any of the following criteria:

  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 65 years and older.
  • Māori and Pacific peoples aged 55 to 64 years.
  • People aged under 65 years with certain medical conditions including diabetes, most heart or lung conditions and some other illnesses.

MASKS

It is essential that every person 12 years and over wears a mask when entering the building.  If you do not have one, we have some available at the practice.  If you have a mask exemption, please let our reception team know when book your appointment. They will give you instructions on what you need to do to keep yourself safe when you arrive for your appointment.

 

How to Manage your COVID-19 Symptoms

Testing positive for COVID-19 can be worrying but most people who get COVID-19 (particularly those who are fully vaccinated) are likely to have mild to moderate symptoms and will be able to manage at home.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will receive health information and advice about what to do next.  This could be by text, email or a phone call.  You will be advised to stay at home and monitor your symptoms.  Please contact MHC on 466 5011 or COVID Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any concerns.

Click here for information on how to manage your symptoms and keep your whānau and the people you live with safe while isolating at home.

 

 

We are offering GP Telephone and Video Consultations

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak situation we’d like to avoid bringing patients in to the medical centre.  At times your health needs may be met by having a consultation with your GP on the phone, for example repeat prescriptions, discuss lab results or advice where a physical examination is not needed.

Usual fees will apply however we are hoping this alternative will be more convenient and save you time coming into the practice.  Please be aware that in some situations your GP may not be happy to complete your request without a physical assessment and may request you make a routine appointment.

If you wish to book a GP telemphone consulation please phone 466 5011 to ask reception.

To avoid a billing fee please pay before the end of the month: Mornington Health Centre. Account number: 01-0902-0059423-02. Reference: Your full name and date of consultation.