News from West Coast Health Clinic

West Coast Health Clinic would like to update the community about the online health portal,  ManageMyHealth as well as give the community some updates about winter sicknesses.

ManageMyHealth Patient Portal Update

• This online service will allow you to book appointments with your doctor

• Request repeat prescriptions

• View lab results

• Send secure electronic messages to your doctor

• Update some of your personal information

• Receive recall and appointment reminders

We are now enrolling patients for this service. Registering is simple – just call into the clinic and talk to one of our receptionists or email your interest to and someone will contact you with further details.

• You will need to provide a personal email address and proof of identity

• You must be 18 years old or over to sign up

• We will provide you with an activation code and instructions on how to complete your registration online.

ManageMyHealth is hosted in a secure environment in New Zealand. Similar to internet banking, your records are protected by Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to ensure your information is completely safe and secure. We rely on you to keep your password a secret and to take all reasonable measures to protect your information.

Take control of your health and join today!

INFLUENZA – The Waikato DHB has notified practices in the area that they are concerned we will be hit hard with influenza this year due to the Northern Hemisphere having had a particularly bad season.  Experts are predicting that the same strain of influenza will come to New Zealand.  Immunisation is the best protection available against influenza – let’s not catch Influenza and let’s not spread it.  New data out says that four out of five people infected show no signs of influenza.  These carriers could have spread the virus among their family, co-workers and classmates without ever realising it.  The influenza vaccination is funded for those at most risk of complications from influenza – those 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, others with a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, cancer etc.  Please book in with a nurse for your free vaccination if you qualify. If you don’t qualify for it to be funded, you can pay $25 for the vaccination.

SORE THROATS – Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever.  All sore throats in Māori and Pacific children and young people aged 4 – 19 years living in the Waikato need to be checked.   Even a mild sore throat or a hoarse throat can be caused by strep and can go on to cause rheumatic fever if left untreated.  Get all sore throats seen and swabbed quickly to prevent rheumatic fever and heart damage.