Important Updates

Fee Changes
As you may be aware, changes have been brought in by the government to fees as of 01/12/18. There is now no charge for under 14 year olds, Community Services Card holders between 14 and 17 only pay $12.50, and adult Community Services Card holders only pay $18.50. ACC charges for Community Services Card holders have also been reduced. Please make sure that you have an up to date Community Services Card; those patients eligible for the card must apply to Work and Income NZ.

Vaccinations
Vaccination is an important part of keeping healthy and well for both children and adults. We recommend that all children receive the vaccinations as per schedule. Children should also be considered for meningococcal and BCG vaccines as appropriate. For adults the flu, HPV, shingles, pneumococcal and the tetanus booster vaccines should be considered in eligible patients. Please remember to also vaccinate as appropriate when travelling to foreign countries and for occupational health requirements, such as hepatitis vaccinations.

Ministry of Health
We have also attached a link to the Ministry of Health website where you can log in to see more information about relevant healthcare issues.

Wishing everyone a Merry Xmas and a happy New Year! Please be safe.

eMEDICAL Fees

As a member of the Onshore Panel Physician Network (OPPN), the clinic does immigration medical examinations (eMEDICAL) on behalf of Immigration NZ.

Our standard eMEDICAL immigration medical examination fees are:

1 Adults: $250.00
2 Children (under 15 years): $200.00

Extra charges will apply for additional examinations, referrals and collection & processing of samples.

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a very merry xmas and a very happy new year.Please stay safe and take care.

Surgery is closed from 24th December and will open on 4th January 2017.

Thanking everyone for your support. Best wishes from us at SJMC.

Important Notices

Greetings to everyone from all the staff at St Johns Medical Centre,

Flu Vaccination
Flu vaccination will be starting soon, around late March 2016. This year the trivalent influenza vaccine consists of:
• A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
• A (H3N2): an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
• B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus
Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset. Immunisation is your best defence against the flu.
Older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from influenza, such as pneumonia. If you’re at higher risk, it is important to see us early, to find out if you need treatment.

Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccinations for 2016:
1. Pregnant women (any trimester)
2. Anyone aged 65 years or over
3. Anyone under 65 years with the following medical conditions:
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic respiratory disease
Diabetes
Chronic renal disease
Cancers
Children with certain conditions
Other conditions — please check with the surgery

Besides the seasonal Influenza vaccines, we also give other vaccines such as:
Usual childhood immunizations
HPV vaccines for females aged 12 to 21 years old for cervical cancer prevention
Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine, for chickenpox
Meningococcal vaccine for meningitis
Pneumococcal against pneumonia in susceptible patients
Boosterix for pregnant women and children at 11-12 years old
Travel vaccines
Hepatitis A and B vaccines

Zika virus
Anyone who may have exposure to Zika virus and not feeling well, please contact your doctor or hospital as soon as possible.
Zika is a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand, but they are found in many countries around the world.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to everybody.

Please remember to wear head gear and use sunblock this summer. It is also important to keep adequately hydrated.

Please call the surgery for mole checks if required.

Flu Vaccination Notice

Please be aware that free flu vaccinations for eligible patients will end on the 31st July 2015. If you have not yet received your flu vaccination, please contact the surgery before this time.