Foil the flu and go in to win a prize at Roskill Union & Com­mu­nity Health

Central Leader - - News -

Win­ter’s upon us, and so is cold and flu sea­son.

To com­bat it, Roskill Union & Com­mu­nity Health is of­fer­ing free flu vac­cine to all its reg­is­tered pa­tients.

And to sweeten the deal, those who take them up on the of­fer go into a draw for prizes such as two kid-sized bikes and a $100 Briscoes gift voucher!

The flu vac­cine is but the tip of the ice­berg in the ar­ray of ser­vices and gen­eral med­i­cal care that the cen­tre of­fers to Mt Roskill and sur­round­ing ar­eas. All reg­is­tered and funded pa­tients get ac­cess to var­i­ous free ser­vices, in­clud­ing an in­ter­preter ser­vice, di­a­betes man­age­ment, sex­ual health checks and ac­cess to a smok­ing ces­sa­tion clinic.

All reg­is­tered and funded women are el­i­gi­ble for free cer­vi­cal smears.

The fees for the cen­tre’s ser­vices are low. The ini­tial join­ing fee for adults is $25, $15 for 6-18 year olds and the un­der-6s are free. Pri­mary and secondary school stu­dents pay noth­ing for med­i­cal vis­its, while adults pay $10, and su­per­an­nu­i­tants are charged just $5. Vis­its to the nurse also cost only $5.

An­other ben­e­fit from be­ing a reg­is­tered and funded pa­tient is that pre­scrip­tions are of­ten sub­sidised to a stan­dard $3 per item, and all en­rolled pa­tients re­ceive dis­counted af­ter hours White Cross med­i­cal care.

“We are able to of­fer huge sav­ings for pa­tients without pri­vate health in­sur­ance,” says man­ager Ra­jnish Sethi, “and we of­fer a range of med­i­cal ser­vices, in­clud­ing mid­wife, physio, phar­macy and lab fa­cil­i­ties.

“We’re com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing ac­ces­si­ble, low cost, high qual­ity and cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate health­care to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The Cen­tre serves a large group of mul­ti­cul­tural pa­tients in­clud­ing Maori, Euro­pean, Pa­cific Is­land, In­dian, Asian, and refugee pop­u­la­tions. The staff is as cul- tu­rally di­verse, with health pro­fes­sion­als from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma and Samoa, as well as New Zealand.

Roskill Union & Com­mu­nity Health is part of the Ta­maki Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and a mem­ber of Health­care Aotearoa. It is lo­cated at 1492 Do­min­ion Rd Ex­ten­sion, Mt Roskill. Phone 629 2872.

Hours are 8.30am5.30pm week­days, late night Tues­days un­til 7pm.

From mid June, the clinic will be open on Satur­days from 9am to 1pm.

Here to Help: The staff at Roskill Union & Com­mu­nity Health want their pa­tients to stay healthy this win­ter by com­ing in for the flu vac­cine.

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