In this issue we welcome Practice Nurse Laura Furey and our new friendly face at reception, Lorna Howard. Dr Kiran Singh has opened an Appearance Medicine Clinic at Fifth Ave on Tenth, and with the flu season upon us we explain why having the flu vaccination is advisable, and offer tools for coping with mental health and well being challenges.
COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for children. In this issue we emphasise the importance of getting that third booster shot in the fight against Omicron and show you how to put together a good COVID-19 plan. It’s important not to forget general childhood vaccinations. We touch on healthy habits for the coming year and the rise and dangers of vaping.
In this issue we explore the myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccination, we welcome Dr Irina Bardsley, and launch a Movember men’s health campaign. For pregnant women in their third trimester, Dr Kat Mcgrath is now offering a free consult. Read on for an action packed edition of our newsletter.
RSV has hit our little ones hard this winter. Find out how you can keep them comfortable at home in our Winter newsletter. We also introduce our new staff and provide an update from our Māori health working group, He Waka Eke Noa. If your child's immunisations aren't up to date, or you're overdue for a cervical smear, we want to hear from you!
Advice on COVID-19, flu and measles vaccinations is included in the latest issue of our newsletter, along with an introduction to our new nurses and some advice on how to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. We also take the opportunity to apologise for the upheaval caused by our changeover to a new patient management system.
Improving healthcare and wellbeing for all our patients is important to us. In this issue, find out how our Māori Health Working Group is looking at how we can be more understanding and responsive to our Māori patients. We also have information on video consultations and our changeover to the Health 365 patient portal.
Meet the newest members of our team, and find out why we do routine tests and observations and when we do them in the latest issue of our newsletter. We also discuss the benefits of signing up to ManageMyHealth, changes to the childhood immunisation schedule, and looking after your mental health.
COVID-19 prompted us all to do things a little differently. In this issue, find out what we are doing to make our services more accessible and user-friendly. We also feature our offerings in cosmetic medicine, long-acting reversible contraception, gout management and winter skin treatment.
In this issue of our newsletter, find out about how we are adapting to the current Alert Level 4 lockdown and what that means for you. We particularly urge you to be in touch with any health concerns by calling us first. We are here to help you. We also interview well-known Fifth Avenue Family Practice nurse Anna Bourne, who has just completed her training to become our second Nurse Practitioner.
In this issue, we uncover the truth about vaping and its dangers. We also introduce a new doctor duo at Fifth Avenue and remind everyone about the importance of summer skin protection.
Fifth Avenue is one the first surgeries in Tauranga to embark on the Healthcare Home care management programme. Find out how this approach will help us improve both urgent care and care for patients with long-term health needs. Also in this newsletter, if you're looking to give up smoking, our dedicated smoking cessation nurse Karlene Purves is ready and waiting to hear from you.
Don’t leave things to chance and instead take advantage of our Advanced Care Planning sessions that will help you consider and record the healthcare you want in the future and at the end of your life. Also in this newsletter, how to make the most of your appointment with us, and we introduce the health kiosk facilities now available in our waiting rooms.
We’re going to be taking a closer look at how we deliver the right service, at the right time, with the right person, in the right place: find out how in our autumn newsletter. Also read a timely reminder about why immunisation matters, particularly in light of recent local cases of measles and whopping cough, and meet our new doctor Dr Katharine McGrath. Also in this issue, an important notice about the Aclasta Infusion recall date changes and taking care of your personal admin – why many of us might be feeling so tired!