2020 is nearly over!  Lets’ hope 2021 will be a better year.  The holiday break is nearly upon us, so a quick update of a number of important points, and some changes in our clinic.  As ever, please keep your eye on our website www.greenwoodmedical.co.nz for up to date information.

Prescription Requests:
Please remember to get your prescriptions requests to us early over the holiday season.  We only have a limited number of staff on between Christmas and New Year, so these may be delayed if not received prior to the break. These are best requested online HERE.  Our preference is to send these directly to the pharmacy of your choice, so please have your pharmacy details ready.

Holiday Hours:
24th December –early closing at 5pm
25th– 28th December – CLOSED
29th -30th December normal hours
31st December – early closing at 5pm
1st-4th Jan 2021 – CLOSED

Changes in our medical team:

We welcome Dr Angela Zhang as a new partner here to Greenwood Medical Centre.  You may already know Angela who has worked with us on and off over the past few years since being a registrar here.  In additional to special interests in women’s health, skin cancer and minor surgery, she also takes an interest in the integration of technology and health, having experience in virtual health services.
Angela takes over as a partner from Dr Lalita Jeffries.

Dr Lalita Jeffries plans to spend a lot more time concentrating on her family and herself.  We are extremely lucky to get to keep her warmth, expertise and experience within the practice as Lalita will continue at GMC a few days a week, though at much reduced hours.

Dr Nalini Patel is retiring at the end of November 2020.  Nalini was one of the founding partners at GMC and will be greatly missed by staff and patients alike.  Nalini is very much looking forward to spending more time with her family, especially her young grandchildren, as well as as much travel as COVID will allow.  We wish her all the best as she moves on from her time here.

COVID update:
We are currently in level 1, with no widespread community transmission.  Despite this, we need to remain alert to the possibility of a new outbreak in our community.  If you have respiratory symptoms of any sort – including hay fever symptoms’, a cough, runny nose or sore throat then we encourage you to have virtual consultation – phone or video – when you can.  We are running daily COVID swabbing clinics at GMC by appointment.  If you do need to see a doctor in person, then we will ask you to wait in your car whenever possible rather than coming directly into the clinic.  We encourage people to wear masks within the clinic.

Weekend Clinics:
We do not have enough staff on site to see people with respiratory symptoms safely on the weekends and can only offer virtual phone or video consultations in these cases. If you have respiratory symptoms and feel you need urgent in-person review over the weekend you are best to go to one of our local Accident and Medical clinics.  We apologise for this inconvenience, but our alternative is to close all consultations on a weekend for both patient and staff safety.  Otherwise our weekends continue to run on a booked appointment basis.

All in all, this has been a year for the history books.  Let’s hold out for a better and more settled 2021!

Kind regards
The team at Greenwood Medical Centre