Do you have a Winter Illness Plan?

Do you have a Winter Illness Plan?

It is no secret that general practice services up and down the country are experiencing a surge in appointment requests.  Winter is definitely upon us. 

Access to booked appointments is especially difficult at these times and whilst we do save appointments each day with your respective GPs for on-the-day requests – there never seems to be enough appointments.

So, what can you do?

From July 1st pharmacists will be able to see patients with minor winter illnesses.  Te Whatu Ora has announced funding for the following targeted groups:

  • Maori and Pasifika patients
  • Children under 14yrs old
  • Parents of sick children under 14 years old
  • Community Service Card Holders

The pharmacist will be able to ‘prescribe' basic medications for minor illnesses and the whole visit will be funded.

Conditions such as:

  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Dehydration due to vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Eye infection
  • Eye inflammation (dry eyes or itchy eyes)
  • Pain and/or fever
  • Scabies
  • Headlice
  • Eczema or dermatitis
  • Minor skin infection
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Flu +/- Covid vaccination

This is one of the government's 24- point Winter preparedness plan – have a look at

GreenCross Health –has a Virtual telehealth service call House Call.  Please go to and check it out

If you are feeling very unwell please consider Shorecare Urgent Care or North Shore Hospital ED.

If you are EXTREMELY UNWELL please call 111 for an ambulance.

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