- Sad goodbyes to Dr Alet Stoltz moving to the South Island. Patients will be covered by Dr Satya and other members of the team
- Flu vaccine available now
- Public Covid vaccination rollout has commenced; General Practices will eventually be able to deliver.
- Masks are required in the waiting room; Covid Swabs are taken in the carpark
- Don't forget to use ManageMy Health and digital prescriptions to reduce interpersonal contact
A warm welcome to the Millhouse Community and to other readers.
Winter in Auckland has been mild so far, but there have been increasing coughs and colds and Middlemore Hospital Emergency Department has experienced a greater demand for urgent medical care.
Last year the introduction of isolation procedures, and the wearing of face masks, to avoid Covid transmission contributed to a near extinction of influenza illnesses and reduced croup in children by 80%. This winter I encourage you again to be vigilant especially when you have a respiratory infection.
BEST WISHES TO DR ALET who is leaving to join her family in the South Island. Dr Alet will be greatly missed as she has cared for the East Auckland community for 25 years and has been with Millhouse for 8 years.
Dr Alet in writing her letter to her patients says. 'Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives as I listened to your stories, journeyed with you through the challenges that illness brings, and shared those moments of great sadness, as well as, happiness with you.'
DR SATYA SUBRAMANIAN is joining the team to provide ongoing medical care.
COVID VACCINATION Some seniors have reported difficulties making an appointment, and have been frustrated by many hours of waiting to receive their injection. Finally, the health authorities have agreed that general practices, which have always been the dominant provider of immunisation, will be able to undertake Covid vaccination. We will inform you when when we have approval to vaccinate at Millhouse. Dr Ric supports continued border controls while we work towards higher numbers of vaccinated adults. This newsletter contains more comparative information about the Covid-19 response in NZ and other countries.
This month Dr Ric also introduces Dr Jane McLelland whose story of battling cancer is recounted in her book How to Starve Cancer. Key points in the journey are described for any who are also facing this diagnosis.
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Yours in good health
Dr Ric Coleman and the Millhouse Team