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In this issue...
  • Living with Covid-19, including the inevitable outbreak of the Omicron variant, means patient oversight is coming under the care of General Practice
  • Our Nurse Team will be a key component of this.
  • Covid-19 Vaccination, and Covid swabs continue to be provided. Both are available at Millhouse 130; please book with Reception 
  • Don't forget to use ManageMy Health, video consults and digital prescriptions to reduce interpersonal contact

and this month Dr Ric introduces the care regime pioneered by Dr Shankara Chetty in South Africa. This offers useful healthcare strategies for isolating at home under GP oversight.

January 2022 News

A warm welcome to the Millhouse community and other readers.
Most will be glad that the 2021 frustrations of lockdown, with forced waiting in supermarket lines, inability to dine out, restricted classroom learning and the curtailing of local travel have ended, but others will be exasperated they cannot freely resume international travel.
In 2022 what is certain is that COVID-19 is here to stay. Whatever variant appears, we must learn to live with the virus and accept that over time most will become infected. We need to be proactive, using vaccination to forewarn the body of the virus, to adopt positive lifestyle change (de-stress, relaxing sleep, healthy diet, low-no alcohol, beneficial nutrients) that strengthens the immune system, and to treat COVID infection early to minimise the severity of disease.
Vaccination provides good protection, reducing COVID transmission, disease severity and possible death. However researchers note that, over time, protection wanes, even with booster doses, and that this waning is faster for Omicron than for Delta infections. However health authorities like UK's Professor Andrew Pollard advise that "giving boosters to people every six months is not sustainable…we need to target the vulnerable in future, rather than giving boosters to all over-12s."
Know your risk. Previous newsletters have noted that the most vulnerable to COVID are the elderly, frail, grossly overweight, diabetic, sufferers of significant chronic illness and those on immunosuppressant medication. For those people, it is most important to continue to avoid crowded indoor public areas, and to be vigilant in washing hands and wearing masks, as well as forbidding friends and family with cold and flu symptoms to enter your house.
We are fortunate in New Zealand that our reasonably effective quarantine measures kept COVID at bay for many months, but DELTA finally entered and now the more infectious, though less deadly OMICRON has breached the walls. This summer, relax, live outdoors and allow the sun's ultraviolet rays to fortify your protective vitamin D stores. Winter 2022 will be the time of greatest COVID infection, so be prepared and plan now.
Millhouse News includes a reminder about video consults which will be an important component of GP-managed home isolation in the next outbreak. Our nurses will be the main carers in this rollout. Covid Vax, boosters and swabs are both accessed by calling Reception.

In the rest of the newsletter,  Dr Ric again reviews four COVID countries, and discusses the new variant OMICRON. He also introduces one experienced South African doctor's  treatment regime to consider if you do become infected.

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Yours in good health 

Dr Ric Coleman and the Millhouse Team

 

 
   
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