• SOMEBODY MEDICAL CENTRE •

 
   
 

Citywide Medical Practice Somewhere Street, Auckland, 

Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm

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 Christmas is nearly with us - and along with the rest of your festive season celebrations, you’ll want to start thinking now about getting ready for the great Kiwi Summer Break. 

Whether it’s getting advice or travel vaccinations before you head away, making sure your medications are up to date, putting a plan in place to manage chronic conditions while we are closed, or attending to any last-minute health worries, now is the time to get things underway...

 

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Talk to a Registered Nurse:

Dial Healthline on 0800 611 116.

 

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or Urgent Care Team:
ABC After Hours Surgery or your nearest Care Clinic.

 

For Real Emergencies: 
Dial 111 or go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department.

 

 

Our Holiday Hours

(23 December to 9 January)

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Ten things your practice team wish you knew right now...
 

Friends, family, parties, pressies and long, summer days.

 
   
 

It’s also prime time for general practice teams, as everyone gears up for the great Xmas shut-down. Here are a few ways you can make your – and their – life just that bit easier this year.

  

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HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY CHRISTMAS

 

It's that time of year again, are you prepared to fight the onslaught of bugs, viruses and who knows what else?

 

 

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FEELING THE BURN

 

New Zealand has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world - yet every year, general practice see a large number of people with serious sunburn. When do you seek help, and when is self-care enough?

 

 

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SWIMMERS' EAR -

SURPRISING WAYS IT HAPPENS

 

You know that feeling when you tip your head and you can hear the water sloshing around inside?

Most of the time it finds its own way out, sometimes with a bit of tilting, jumping and jiggling to help it along. But there are times when the water gets trapped in your ear canal, and that’s when the trouble starts - the bacteria that live on your skin get inside your ear, and can cause irritation, inflammation or infection.

 

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COFFEE OR TEA?

 

In the 1700’s coffee and tea were considered illicit substances and their consumption was thought to lead to early death. King Gustav III of Sweden wanted to prove once and for all how detrimental they were for health by ordering a pair of imprisoned twins to drink 3 pots of coffee/tea every day for the rest of their lives, in exchange for death sentence pardon. He was sure they would fall ill and die quickly, but it turns out they outlived him – the tea drinker lived until the age of 83 and the coffee drinker even longer!

 

 
  

 

  
   
 
Ice-cream injuries - wait, what?

 

 
 

Christmas decoration, ice-cream and sand injuries all made the list of ACC claims last year.

Check out some of the season’s more unusual mishaps.

 

 

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Some interesting asides...

 

 

 

 

  Could garlic have been the earliest performance enhancing drug? It was given to olympic athletes during Roman times as they believed it to increase strength and endurance. 

 

  

Laughter really could be the best medicine. Some researchers estimate laughing 100 times would bring equivalent exercise benefit of 15 minutes on an exercycle. A good belly laugh stops release of cortisol, the stress hormone and triggers release of dopamine – bringing

feel-good factor and reducing stress.

 

 

  The expression “it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” comes from Ancient Rome, where the only rule in their fight-to-the-death gladiator matches was “no eye gouging.” 

 

  Sneezing can be dangerous business – 340 sneeze-related claims were made to ACC in 2015, costing a total of $106,451. The claims were for things like back pain spurred on when bending to sneeze, or a cut wound due to sneezing while cutting vegetables. 

 

 

 

   
 
If you have any health questions or concerns, talk to your General Practice Team... we're here to help.
 

 

 

   
 

• SOMEBODY MEDICAL CENTRE •

 

 

   
 

Citywide Medical Practice Somewhere Street, Auckland, 

Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm

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If you have any health questions, your General Practice team is the first place you should turn.

 

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The information contained in this newsletter is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with your health care professional or as a replacement for detailed medical advice. Every effort has been made to ensure the content is accurate and timely, and has been derived from a variety of reputable sources. However, we accept no responsibility for the manner in which this information is subsequently used and recommend appropriate medical advice for any and all health issues.

 

 

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