Dear PHO CEOs and primary health alliances,
St John has received notification from one of our three unions, that its members will be withdrawing labour from 6am on 25 November until 6am 26th November – a total period of 24 hours
This union’s members represent about 40% of paid ambulance personnel nationally, and this action involves the full withdrawal of labour by its members working in our Clinical Support, Ambulance Communications, Emergency Ambulance and Patient Transfer Services functions.
We are currently working through the impact and planning mitigations to ensure we can continue to deliver as safe and effective services as possible during this time. The actual impact of this withdrawal will be highly variable depending on the level of membership in each location or part of the service. Once we have identified the extent of the impact, we will be in touch.
I would really appreciate it if you would cascade this notice as appropriate to your general practices and primary care teams.
If you have any questions in the meantime, you can direct these to email@example.com or your local St John contact.
(on behalf of Dan Ohs, Deputy Chief Executive – Ambulance Operations)
This year Diabetes Action month places emphasis on the emotional burden that Diabetes has on whānau.
There is so much exciting action happening in diabetes around the wider Hauraki PHO rohe at the moment.
For our team of 4500 whānau living with diabetes, we need everyone one of our Hauraki PHO team to provide support, education, and understanding.
A huge thank you for all the amazing mahi that is being done in Primary health supporting our whānau with diabetes.
Welcome to the November newsletter from the clinical team at the Heart Foundation. In this edition, read about how the Heart Foundation is helping New Zealanders become more proactive about their heart health, with the launch of its new online risk assessment and management tool, My Heart Check.
Featured topics this month include:
1. My Heart Check risk assessment tool
2. Heart Foundation research grants
3. Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week
4. Heart Foundation resource update
5. New Heart Foundation Community Operations Manager
6. From the Medical Director desk
7. Research articles
8. Events and support groups for your patients
9. Contact your local Heart Health Advocate
Click here to read the full November Newsletter
More volunteers, particularly in rural areas, are needed for this valuable service. The attached poster can be printed and displayed in waiting rooms.
Click here for the Volunteering Poster
Diabetes medications not being funded on 1st December could be in our favour.
On Thursday Pharmac announced the new diabetes medications that were to be funded from 1st Dec are not going to be available as promised. There have been so many submissions on the special authority criteria they were proposing, they have asked for more time to consider a better SA criterion. There is no indication what this will be or when they will be available, but in the long run, we are hoping that more whānau will be eligible for these medications.
I will keep you updated on the changes and arrange education once we know the details.
The nation guidelines for prescribing will roll out in December as promised but may need updating once the SA criteria is known.
Diabetes Nurse Hauraki PHO
The Age Concern Visiting Service is available via GP and Nurse practitioner service providers throughout the Waikato. Our aim is to provide companionship and support for older people who may be lonely and socially isolated. View website: https://ageconcern.gen.nz/WhatWeDo/VisitingService.aspx to find out more.
A digital copy of the Visiting Service referral form & information brochure is attached. This service is available to anyone over 65+ (55+ for Maori clients), living in the community who are at risk of social isolation due to having no or very visitors. It can also be of benefit to the partner of a client who has become the main carer giver, which can quite often be a very lonely role.
Our visiting service is run by caring volunteers who give their time to visit with your client once a week for about an hour – there is no cost for the service. It is usually the same volunteer who will visit, usually on a day and time that suits them both. It is important that you discuss the service with your client and that they do agree to having someone visit with them (you will notice this in the grey highlighted box on the referral form that needs completing).
As we have three Coordinators covering Hamilton and the greater Waikato region; please email all referrals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the Client brochure
Click here for the AVS Client referral form
Nga mihi nui,
Accredited Visiting Service Co-ordinator | Age Concern Hamilton
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