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This month’s update includes info on the Heart Healthline, and resources on Covid-19 and cardiovascular disease for health professionals and relation information for patients.
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Smoking Brief Advice & Cessation Support – Once and For All are still taking referrals during Lockdown
Smokers are more at risk of contracting COVID 19 because of increased hand to mouth contact. Now may be a good time to link people to our regional Stop Smoking Support Service, Once and For All http://www.onceandforall.co.nz/ or Quitline www.quit.org.nz . Once and For All are offering a virtual service during Lockdown, and incentivize smokers to quit with $50 to those who are Smokefree at four weeks, or $300 to pregnant women. The attached info from WDHB for pregnant women includes useful information for all smokers. Hauraki PHO is currently sitting at 47% (Target 90%)for Brief Advice given to current smokers across all our practice partners. Please use any contact with patients to update smoking status and offer Brief Advice and Cessation Support
MSD has issued guidance and information for foodbanks, food rescue and other community food services operating in the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 environment.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is particularly challenging for those living with cancer, especially those undergoing active cancer therapy, and their whānau. We thank you for the work you are doing, in ever-changing circumstances, to support them. We understand how difficult it is to balance the safety of your staff, volunteers and their families with the activities you undertake for those with cancer. We appreciate all you are doing.
The Cancer Control Agency has been working closely with cancer treatment services to ensure they continue to be able to provide the best possible care for patients during the different Alert Levels of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have provided advice to DHBs that cancer services should be continuing at this time. Patients you work with may notice some changes, including virtual consults or changes to treatment delivery to keep them out of hospital. There is also consideration of treatments that can be deferred without impacting outcomes and consideration of treatments where the immunosuppressive risk is greater than the potential benefits at this time. Clinicians will discuss any changes with patients. We are also aware that there may be occasional local disruptions to treatment due to the specific site issues (such as staff being required to self-isolate) but centres are working hard at both prevention and mitigation strategies to minimise disruption.
There is advice for people living with cancer on the Ministry of Health website. This will be updated as the situation changes.
An Agency response team has been set up comprising of key Agency staff and key sector contacts allowing us to respond quickly as the situation changes. We are keeping a close watching brief on international advice in relation to people with cancer in the context of COVID-19. Prof Diana Sarfati is in regular contact with the Director-General, the Minister and the DHBs, and is working hard to keep cancer treatment at the forefront of decision-making in the Ministry.
This pandemic has the potential to impact New Zealand and its health system for an extended period of time. Take care of yourselves, your people and their families. He waka eke noa, we are all in this together.
Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou
Interim Chief Executive
Cancer Control Agency
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"Advice Only" function on BPAC referrals have been given high priority so that they are logged with minimal delay and clinicians can reply to any GP query using the existing BPAC system. The query and advice given will also be logged on the CWS providing good future visibility. The secondary clinicians have been asked to prioritise these queries over other referrals.
This is a semi-urgent service and we envisage the turn around to be a few days. As per usual practice - any urgent referrals should be made directly to the specialty medical officer on call and sent to emergency as clinically appropriate as per the GP referral guideline document we sent you yesterday
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Drop in Service Where Mums can take their baby’s for childhood immunisations if unable to get to the Practice
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