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INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS

There is currently a National shortage of influenza vaccinations.  We have been directed by the Ministry of Health to only administer vaccinations to the following people;

Priority Groups for General Practices and Pharmacists:

 Pregnant women

 Children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illnesses (general practice only)

 People with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them more susceptible to influenza

 Those aged 65 and over with significant comorbidities

SATURDAY CLINICS

Winter clinics commence Saturday the 4th of May 9am-12md every Saturday until December (with the exception of long weekends).  Please ring the clinic on 313 7877 to book, Saturday clinics incur a higher fee please enquire when you book. Also note due to changes to DHB funding we are no longer able to offer free after hours care to children under 14.  The DHB has advised that casual patients aged 14 and under should attend the 24 hour surgery, Moorehouse Medical or Riccarton Clinic for free afterhours care.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Casual patients are still welcome to attend but a fee will be incurred.

MEASLES OUTBREAK

We have had a number of confirmed measles cases in the Rangiora community.  Your best protection is immunisations. The clinic is currently running vaccination clinics for priority groups (as listed below)

Current priorities: 

1: Children aged 12 months to 13 years who have never been vaccinated

2: Children and adults aged 14 years to 28 years who have never been vaccinated

3: Ring-fencing children who cannot be vaccinated, such as the very young or for whom vaccination is contra-indicated

4: Continue with the routine immunisation programme (15 months and 4 years)

5: Occupational groups who have frequent contact with children such as EEC, primary and secondaryschool teachers; residential care managers, healthcare workers etc., who have never been vaccinated.

 

REDUCED FEES FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE CARD HOLDERS

As of 1 December 2018 all community service card holders that are enrolled with Medical Corner Doctors will be offered a reduced fee for standard consultations.

FREE Consult for Under 14 Year Olds

Medical Corner Doctors is please to extend free consultations to all enrolled patients under the age of 14 from 1 December 2018.

NEW ENROLMENTS 

We are currently taking new enrolments. Please either download an enrolment form, contact the front desk and we will post one out or call in.  Please note that you will be required to provide a passport or birth certificate at the time of enrolment.

SATURDAY CLINICS

The last Saturday acute clinic for the year will be Saturday the 10th of November 2018. Saturday clinics will start again on Saturday the 27th of April 2019.

PEGASUS PRIMARY HEALTH ORGANISATION (PHO)

As of 1 July 2018 Medical Corner Doctors will be a member practice of Pegasus PHO. You will not notice any change to the day to day delivery of health care at the practice.

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY 

We are aware that it is sometimes difficult to book a doctor’s appointment, we are often booking up 3 days in advance.  Please ensure you book early for repeat prescriptions and routine appointments.  We do hold a number of acute appointments for urgent on the day care.  If you require an urgent on the day appointment please contact the clinic and speak with a nurse.

RUNNING TO TIME

It is always our intention to run to time and see you at your allocated appointment time.  We are aware that this is not always the case,  urgent medical need always takes priority and this may mean that there are sometimes delays with booked appointments.  Appointments are 15 minutes long, to help us run to time we ask that you discuss a maximum of two issues in each consult.  If you have more than 2 issues please book a double appointment  to ensure you have enough time (additional charges may apply).

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS

Please discuss with you regular GP to see if you are eligible for repeat prescriptions. The practice offers short prescriptions prescriptions for emergencies only, these can be requested via the nursing team.

BOOKING ON-LINE

We now offer on-line bookings, this service enables you to see all the available appointments and book one that suits you.  We recommend that you register now so that next time you want an appointment this service is ready to go.  To register on line click "book now", select the "join" tab and complete the registration form, if all your data matches ours you will be sent a confirmation text to activate your account.  If you have any problems please contact us on 313-7877.

GARDASIL VACCINATION

Changes to the National  Vaccination schedule now mean that the Gardasil vaccinations are available to both boys and girls from the age of 9 years.  The age range has also been extended to 27 years.  Please contact the practice if you have any questions or would like to book.

IMMIGRATION MEDICALS

Medical Corner Doctors is the only approved provider in North Canterbury for immigration medicals. North Canterbury X Ray is located next door to us, making it very easy to get your chest x-ray. 

TRAVEL CLINIC  

At Medical Corner Doctors we can provide you with a comprehensive travel service that includes:

*   Vaccination guidelines and requirements.
*   General travel advice (including malaria, food and water safety and rabies).
*   Medical assessment prior to travel for those travelling who may have health concerns.
*   Vaccinations as required, with the exception of Yellow Fever - available in Christchurch