District Health Boards have given us an assurance that patients are being discharged from hopspital using the correct procedures. Unfortunately from the information we are receiving this is not the case.
Jo Millar would like to hear from members that the discharge from hospital is not being done correctly. We would like to know if this is a widespread problem or only pertaining to certain District Health Boards.
Jo does not need names. The only information that is required is which hospital, time of discharge, if the patient was kept fully informed whilst in hospital care either in a ward or the emergency department.
Please supply the information to Wendy at the following email address by the end of February 2018
firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be passed onto Jo who is the Chair of the Health Advisory Group
SHINGLES VACCINE ON IT'S WAY
As you may be aware, since May 2015 the Grey Power Federation has asked Pharmac several times if it could provide the shingles vaccine, Zostavax at no cost to older people.
Therefore, we now welcome the good news from Janet mcKay Pharmac's Manager, Implementation Programmes, that the shingles vaccine will be available free from general practices from 1 April 2018 for people aged 65 years and that those who are eligible will be able to receive the shingles and influenza vaccines at the same time if they wish.
There will also be a catch-up programme which will allow people aged between 66 and 80 years to get access to the funded shingles vaccine. This will run until March 2010.
About one in three people get shingles. Shingles is an infection that's caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Anyone who has previosly had chickenpoz may subsequently develop shingles, and the incidence tends to be proportionally higher for seniors.
Symptoms include burning, sharp pain, tingling or numbness of the skin, a rash, a fever, chills, a headache and an upset stomach. Attacks can be very painful, prolonged and debilitating, especially for older people. Shingles can also be life-changing as some patients don't recover to the point where they're well enough to return to independent living.
Phone numbers for Marlborough Community Services
Urgent Care Centre
Wairau Hospital Campus
8.00am- 8.00pm daily
Phone 03 5206377
Urgent 111, Non urgent 579 4870
After Hours Chemist,
Springlands Pharmacy 9am - 6pm 7 days a week Phone 578 2271