Over 1,400 people accessed free GP care and hundreds more took advantage of free pain relief for children at pharmacies across Counties Manukau last weekend, prompting more health providers to step in and help this Matariki weekend.
Given New Zealand has had nearly three years without the influenza virus circulating in our communities we expected this winter to be challenging. Our immunity against the flu viruses, including in children, is low.
To help respond to a large surge in winter illnesses, which has seen record numbers of presentations at Middlemore Hospital’s Emergency Department, people in Counties Manukau needing healthcare this weekend and over the Matariki long weekend will have access to free appointments at participating General Practices.
From the desk of Middlemore Clinical Trials CEO Edward Watson:In 2021, Middlemore Clinical Trials (MMCT) celebrated 20 years of partnership with Middlemore Hospital.
World Smokefree Day on the 31 May was a great opportunity for people to try to quit smoking and to celebrate success stories from people who had stopped smoking.
Middlemore is busy and we are under pressure. Winter has arrived and we are seeing an increase in flu and respiratory illnesses in our community. Our Hospital is extremely busy, and our own workforce illnesses and vacancies remain a challenge.
IMAGE: CM Health volunteers Gael and Robynne doing what they do best - helping patients and visitors at Middlemore Hospital. Making new friends, mixing with people, and keeping busy are some things that have inspired some of Counties Manukau Health’s volunteers to join the team at Middlemore Hospital.
Image: Dr Shankar Sankaran at the opening of the Bone Density ServiceDr Shankar Sankaran started working in Middlemore as a Senior Medical officer in the Services for Health of Older people in January 1996. "I'm dedicated to the welfare of the elderly.
Dreaming of a new life rich with opportunities, Luisa Lilo’s parents immigrated from Samoa to New Zealand in the 1950s. Like many other Samoan families, it was not always easy when they first came to Aotearoa.