Please be advised that the portal will be closed for booking appointments the weekends of 23 and 24 and 30 and 31 March due to upgrades being carried out. We thank you for your patience.
Auckland Public Regional Health Service - have confirmed there are NO new cases of measles locally - within the Franklin region. The "local" case in a recent newsletter was in Clendon.
Have you ever thought about what bacteria you share when shaking somebody's hand? On average we carry 3,200 bacteria from 150 species on our hands. And yet, shaking hands can be an everyday occurrence. Research has shown that we will shake hands on average 15,000 times in our lifetime.
So there are lots of opportunities for spreading bacteria between people - particularly if they are carrying potentially infectious bacteria that could make us ill. This includes faecal bacteria, which is quite common on hands - which is why good hand hygiene is essential.
Alternative handshakes - fist pumps, high fives. The amount of bacteria transferred through a handshake is twice as much compared with a high five. Significantly lower numbers of bacteria are also transferred when a fist pump is used.
So, is the traditional handshake being replaced with healthier options? This will take time - if it happens at all. But as awareness of infectious diseases grows and people actively try to reduce the spread of infection, perhaps there could be a future where we all high five and fist pump rather than formally shake hands. Or at the very least better adoption of handwashing.
Please be advised that we will be CLOSED from Friday evening 1 June until Tuesday 5 June
If you require medical treatment over the Queen's Birthday weekend phone us on (09 237 0280) and you can speak with a registered nurse.
In the past few weeks we have managed to give over 1,000 flu shots and 500 Zostavax vaccines. Despite these wonderful figures we know there are many more who would benefit from having these shots. Give our Nurse Team a call to make your appointment and join the rest of us happy vaccinated people.
Give us a call any time (09) 237 0280
Our web portal has for the month of April:
The Zostavax vaccine is now available at Pukekohe Family Health Care and fully funded for 65 year olds. There is a catch up programme for 2 years for 66 - 80 year olds.
We will be closed over the Easter weekend break. Normal opening hours from Tuesday 3 April 2018.
It is with some regret that we announce the retirement of Dr Radloff from medical practice at the end of March 2018.
Dr Radloff has been with Pukekohe Family Health Care since 1987 and has been the family GP to many patients over the years.
Pukekohe Family Health Care is currently looking to recruit a new doctor to take over Dr Radloff’s patient list but in the meantime patients will be looked after by our locum, Dr Brigette Meehan.
We have received advice from the Ministry of Health that due to this year’s vaccine containing two different vaccine strains from the 2017 vaccine this has resulted in an unavoidable delay in the vaccines’ release.
Influvac Tetra vaccine will be available from EARLY APRIL
(for adults and children aged 3 years and over)
Fluarix Tetra vaccine will be available from MID APRIL
(for children aged 6-35 months)
If you have any concerns please give us a call on 09 237 0280