March 22, 2020

Monday 23 March 2020 – Flu Vaccinations

Please ring the medical practice 09 534 7176  if you require a Flu Vaccination.  Do not come in to book the appointment.  Thank you. Eligibility start dates: Funded  From 18th March 2020 Influenza immunisation programme for eligible patients and health care workers only: People aged 65 and over Pregnant women (any trimester) Children aged 4 years and under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness People aged under 65 years with certain medical conditions, as per PHARMAC criteria Funded  From 1 April 2020 Influenza vaccines for children aged 6 months to 3 years Non Funded  13 April 2020 Self/private funded people
March 22, 2020

Monday 23 March 2020 – Coronavirus – COVID-19

This week brings many new experiences for our patients and our staff while New Zealand tries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community and to protect vulnerable people. Medical Practices have been directed to change the way they manage consultations from tomorrow onwards. We reassure you that all patients will continue to have access to the best health care you require. As of Monday 23 March, Picton Surgery will run predominantly telephone or virtual/video consultations. Some conditions do require face to face consultation and appointments will be available for these patients at the medical practice. If this is clinically indicated, you will be offered appointments after phone triage/virtual consultations. This is a requirement from the Ministry of Health and the Royal College of NZ GP’s. We need to protect vulnerable patients and staff. Extremely important: Only patients with pre-scheduled face to face consult appointments or collecting a prescription are to enter Picton Surgery. Support people are welcome to accompany patients in special circumstances but must phone reception to make prior arrangements. ONLY TELEPHONE and VIRTUAL(VIDEO) CONSULTATIONS CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE. Virtual consults will be available to book online from Tue 24 March. For face to face appointments, please ring Picton Surgery 09 534 7176. Consult charges will remain as standard 15 minute consults or be charged accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation.