Medical News

Skin Cancers

Summer is over but you still need to take steps to prevent sunburn and skincancers. Protect yours and your children’s skin with hats, clothing and effective UV protective creams. Do have a good look at your own and your loved ones skin from time to time . Melanomas can occur at any age and are the ones we dread the most

Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are far more common  and are almost entirely seen in the older age groups.

Solar keratosis is what we see most commonly , these can be treated with creams if extensive or liquid nitrogen (cryo-therapy, freezing).

Any moles or other skin changes that do not look right to you and esp. if they have changed colour , are growing , itchy or ulcerating please come and see us for an thorough examination. You probably dont need an expensive mole map. We have the expertise and the equipment to check those lesions. And we can treat them too , either creams, liquid nitrogen or excision. Dr Bjornholdt can remove most skin cancers including those on the face.

Flu Vaccines 2018

March marks the start of Autmn and although it is still warm we are starting to see more common colds in the surgery.  Fortunately at the time of writing this we have not seen any cases of Influenza as yet but as the weather gets colder we can expect that dreaded illness to appear soon.

Influenza is serious and can and will kill people in New Zealand this year as well. Mostly unvaccinated people will get the flu. Most will not die as their immune system will be able to fight the virus , however they will get seriouly ill and bedridden for the best part of a week. Especially vulnerable are people with chronic illnesses like airways disease , heart disease and so on but also pregnant women and the elderly . Remember a flu is not the same as a cold. One illustration to help distuinguish between the two conditions is : If you see a $100 bill in the yard outside your bedroom window , you will get  out of bed and retrieve it if you have a cold , if you have a flu you feel too sick to make the effort.

There is no treatment for either the cold or the flu as they are both caused by viruses. Occassionally we may prescribe antibiotics for complications like pneumonia or prophylactically in the very frail or elderly patients.

This year the flu vaccine is late in arriving to our country as the pharmaceutical companies have added a 4th strain of the virus antigen which protects us against a particular virulent form of the virus that hit the Northern hemisphere last year. The flu vaccine should be available early April.

We recommend that you to get your shots as early as possible , please book in  for it. It is painless and free for everybody over 65 and with chronic illnesses . It is also very effective. 

People over 60 may consider getting the shingles vaccine as well .This year this is also free for people aged between 65 and 80 years of age  . We recommend that you book for this as well when booking for the flu-vaccine. They can be given at  the same time.

Patient Portal

 

We have  installed  “Manage My Health” . In brief this is a system that allows all patients of the practice to log into their notes on our computer system. You can check you notes , prescriptions , lab results and also x-rays etc . You can even book your doctor’s appointment.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/ehealth/other-ehealth-initiatives/patient-portals