Silverstream Medical Centre Welcomes New Patients
as at 3 Feb 2020
The Ministry of Health website advises that:
• There are no confirmed cases of 2019 Coronavirus in New Zealand to date but the likelihood of importing a case is high.
• The risk of an ongoing outbreak in New Zealand remains low, but the Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation closely.
If you have recently travelled to China, or been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus (nCoV), and you have flu-like symptoms such as a fever or acute respiratory illness please follow these precautions:
• Phone the medical centre in the first instance and ask to speak with a nurse who will assess your symptoms.
• If we need to see you at the medical centre we may ask you to wait in your car and we will assess you there before bringing you into the building.
• Please use the masks and hand gel which are located immediately inside the front entrance doors.
For further information please go to:
Thank you for helping us keep our patients and team members safe.
Meningococcal Vaccine (MENACTRA)
From December 1st,the meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MENACTRA) has become funded
and therefore FREE for people aged from 13 to 25 years living in boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence, military barracks or prisons. This includes those entering these institutions over the next 3 months.
There will also be a catch-up programme from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2020 for those patients aged 13-25 years who are already in a close-living situation.
Ideally you would be vaccinated at least two weeks prior to moving into a close-living situation.
For more information, or to have the vaccine, please make an appointment with our nurse.
Our Online Booking and Repeat Prescription Form has changed! Please follow the prompts to log in to the new system to enable you to continue to access these services.
To create an account from home : https://help.connectmed.co.nz/hc/en-us/articles/360003125612-Creating-a-ConnectMed-account
From January 2020 Dr Jonie Girouard will be working on a casual basis so will not be available every Monday. She will still be working alongside the team!
Due to our growing patient population we are looking forward to welcoming Dr Amrit Riat to our team in January 2020.
Amrit will be working Monday, Tuesday and Thursday!
Here are a few words from her….
“I'm a UK born British Indian GP. I studied at Nottingham University. After medical school I completed GP training in Leeds, Yorkshire. I enjoy the breadth of problems we manage as general practitioners and how we contribute to the health and wellbeing of a community. I have previously lived and worked in Napier. I swiftly arranged to return to New Zealand and look forward to life in Christchurch”
CONTRACEPTION DEVICE FUNDING
Did you know that there is funding available to many people for Long Acting Contraceptive Devices?
Please Book an appointment with one of our GP’s if you would like to discuss or call the nurse for further details.
The clinic has now been open for 14months and it has been lovely meeting our newly enrolled patients
as well as those needing accident and acute care.
We understand that it is big decision to enrol in a new practice and we welcome people to pop in and have
a look at the centre and meet with the team if you have any questions about our services.
We would like to welcome Dr George Dehn who works on Mondays. George graduated from Otago Medical
School in 2011 and has been working mostly in the CDHB since. He has a special interest in trauma and
musculoskeletal disorders and as a result has recently completed 4 years in orthopaedics as a registrar.
He has now developed an interest in primary care and is excited to be a member of our team.
George has an experience in injuries, trauma, fractures, muscle and joint problems, steroid injections and
On the day/urgent appointments:
We are never fully booked for unwell enrolled patients needing to be seen.
If it is a life threatening emergency you should always call 111
If you or your child need to see a doctor on the day and no appointments are available, please inform reception and they will either get a nurse to speak to you or book you in with a nurse. The nurses are in close contact with the doctors and will confer with them as required.
A normal consult fee will apply if the GP sees you after the nurse assessment. If you are assessed by the nurse and given an appointment for the following day a usual nurse charge will apply. This service is designed for non-routine medical problems that cannot wait.
If you are unsure if you need to be seen urgently HEALTHLINE is a free 24 hour, health advice service where you can speak to a registered nurse. Ph. 0800 611 116. This service advises you on when and where you are best to access medical care, depending on your symptoms.
If you have not seen a doctor for a while or would just like a full check of your health status (or that of a loved one!), we are offering 30 minute wellness checks with our GP followed by an appointment with the nurse if required. At only $80 this is a great opportunity to have a top to toe check at an affordable price. Enquire through reception to book yours today! ( download form here )
Don’t forget Healthline too. Free health advice from trained registered nurses – 0800 611 116.
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