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Family Doctors

EASTER hours

Family Doctors will be closed: Friday 10 April – Good Friday Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April – Easter Sunday Monday 13 April – Easter Monday For medical advice phone 09 424 3001 FOR URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION please go to  THE DOCTORS RED BEACH (formerly Coastcare), Red Beach Shopping st ApriCentre (8am – 8pm) or SHORECARE, Smales Farm, Taharoto …

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus – COVID-19 DUE TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH REGARDING COVID-19, WE ARE NOW REQUIRING YOU TO ONLY COME INTO OUR PRACTICE IF IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Please consider using our Phone, Video or Email Consults if you think you have a virus or in any situation where you do not have to …

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Video Consultations

We are pleased to be able to offer video consultations with Dr Sophie Robinson. As you can imagine these appointments offer the ultimate in convenience for you, however their use is limited to conditions where a physical examination is not required. You can book these online or phone Reception for more information.

Measles

What is Measles? Measles is a virus that can make adults and children very sick.  It is highly infectious and can spread quickly and easily through breathing, sneezing and coughing.  If you are not immune to measles, you can catch the disease just by being in the same room as someone who has it. How …

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End of Life care

I’ve just finished Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal”.  It’s a thought-provoking reflection on ageing and end of life care, and should be read by everybody in the sector, possibly everybody who is growing old. For the first few chapters he paints quite a bleak picture of how modern medicine has interfered with nature and robbed patients …

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Firefly Children’s Home

Family Doctors are proud to help sponsor children at Firefly Children’s Home in Nepal.  Dr Peter Hall was able to visit both of their orphanage sites and meet with the children and staff, as well as interviewing Amanda Mckay, founder of Firefly Children’s Home, about the history,  charitable status and financial management of the organisation. …

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Pituitary Gland

There are some organs in the body that don’t get enough credit.   When was the last time you thought about your pituitary gland, for example?  I can tell you that, despite its anonymity, none of us would be alive without it.  It’s only the size of a pea and nestles quietly at the base of …

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Flu Vaccine shortage

At present, there is a nationwide shortage of the flu vaccines in New Zealand.  The remaining stock is prioritised for people with chronic conditions who would normally be eligible for a funded vaccine.  Our Practice nurse will be contacting those who qualify, but unfortunately there is not enough vaccines available for anyone who does not …

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