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Jun 25, 2024
Health

Local response to difficulties with primary care health funding

The Mercury Bay Medical Centre the night before it opened in July 2023. Workforce is always a challenge. We recognise our community’s desire to have a regular doctor that they know well. We hope the information in the media and this article puts into perspective how difficult it is for practices to find and retain GP’s. As this press release highlights, the shortage of GP’s is a nationwide issue and we, as a practice, have been working hard to find highly skilled practitioners to work alongside our GP’s.

Apr 2, 2024
Health

Caring for our largest organ

It also maintains body temperature and PH balance. Imagine how cold we would be without skin. I am not sure how bad it would be if our PH got out of balance by not having any. I’ll leave you to look that up. Many of us abuse our body organs by eating too much meat and fat-drenched food, sitting on our butts not doing exercise, drinking too much or stuffing up our brain with too many recreational drugs. Our skin doesn’t escape this corporeal punishment either, especially in a country like ours where the ozone layer is a bit on the thin side. When I was a teenager, nobody, including doctor…

Mar 26, 2024
Fundraising

Getting the message out there

“We’re from your local Lions Clubs and we’re selling sausages to buy a mammogram machine for this community. We need $350,000, so we’ve got a lot of sausages to sell!” Yes, I’m loud and proud in the name of supporting Project Mammogram. Since I joined Whitianga Lions Club just over a year ago, I’ve spent many happy Saturdays helping on their sausage sizzle at the Whiti Citi Market in Soldier’s Park, Whitianga. But here’s the interesting thing. People ask about Project Mammogram; people of all ages from this community and also visitors here. And so I explain why we give up our Saturday m…

Feb 27, 2024
Health

‘Wellness Survey’ results lead to exciting new initiatives

A recent ‘Wellness Survey’ in The Local Informer, revealed that the top three areas of importance to locals are: 78% Exercise, fitness, and weight loss 52% Detox and immune support 45% Social connection and fun Thank you to everyone who participated. Results showed that while most want to take a holistic approach to health and wellness, affordability proved to be a significant barrier.

Feb 27, 2024
Health

The ‘reach’ for mammograms

Project Mammogram committee chairman, Mike Brown of Whitianga Lions Club says achieving that first milestone is due to the support the communities in the Coromandel have given to this fundraiser. Both Whitianga and Mercury Bay Lions Clubs and Mercury Bay Lions Club members are spear heading the fundraising but many community organisations and individuals have also contributed. The goal is to offer a public/private general mammogram service that will be more convenient for anyone wanting a screening mammogram. Biennial screening appointments will be able to be made at any time throughout t…

Feb 20, 2024
Health

New face at funerals

He began working as a grave-digger so attended many funerals. “I was always asking questions about how things were done, and I never lost interest. I saw how important it was to the families to do things properly, to feel they had done the very best for their loved ones.” Matt was 20 when he trained and became a certified Funeral Director. A sense of adventure took Matt to Finland where he continued to practice his profession. “I met a guy from Hamilton, New Zealand and he always talked about how beautiful this country is.  So I decided to give it a go.”  He moved to New Zealand seven ye…

Feb 20, 2024
Health

A challenging time for Whitianga Continuing Care

Six of the 44 residents in this aged care residential facility died, during an outbreak of the flu like symptoms in this brief period of time. It was not covid. Every resident with the flu symptoms was tested and all the tests were negative. The property is owned and operated by Oceania Healthcare. There are 44 Oceania Homes of this kind across New Zealand and this very sad turn of events has not occurred in any of their other facilities. The Informer contacted their Group General Manager Sales and Service, Anita Hawthorne. “We are very relieved and satisfied that the facility is now all …

Feb 20, 2024
Health

Life-saving service we can’t do without

The service is grateful for the government’s support in helping cover our operational costs. The total cost of a mission is about $8,000 per hour. Specifically, Te Whatu Ora or ACC helps cover this cost dependent on whether it’s an accident or medical emergency.