Clinical News with Dr Andrew Connolly

We’re nearly at the end of what we call our Winter season at Counties Manukau.

I’m pleased to report that while it’s been an exceptionally busy time – with all our services being stretched to capacity with seasonal ailments – we have managed to meet the Winter challenges well by putting solid plans in place.

There have been quite specific demands facing us – including the impact of industrial action by some senior doctors - but staff stepped up to minimise the effect on patients. More strike action is planned, and at Counties we have robust plans in place to cope.

As always, please assume your scheduled appointments are still on, unless you are notified otherwise.

I’ve been pleased to note important developments at a national level such as a new cervical screening test which is expected to increase screening rates and significantly reduce cervical cancer deaths in Aotearoa.

The HPV primary screening test is a simple and quick swab that people can choose to do themselves. It detects the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes more than 95 percent of cervical cancers.

This brings us into line with the best international practice.

You will know we are entering the election season. Remember, if you’re due to be in hospital on Election Day – October 14 – you have the option to vote early, and there will be a mobile voting service in Middlemore Wards on the day.

Just a reminder, although the worst of Winter has passed, it’s still worth remembering it’s not too late to get vaccinated – especially for the flu – as the flu season has a long tail.

And finally, for those of you who access Middlemore by train, there’ll be some changes as improvements are made to the adjacent rail station.

Throughout the upgrades, traffic controllers will be onsite to assist and facilitate changes safely while maintaining accessibility.  Hospital access from the station will not be restricted during construction.

Stay safe and well.


Dr Andrew Connolly
Chief Medical Officer
Te WhatU Ora Counties Manukau

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