Clinic WOF a big hit with pa­tients

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICOLA STE­WART nicola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Raun­gaiti Marae Health Clinic last week launched an in­cen­tive- based ini­tia­tive aimed at mo­ti­vat­ing more peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of the fa­cil­ity.

Pa­tients can now com­plete their own health ‘‘War­rant of Fit­ness’’ checks by com­plet­ing a se­ries of stan­dard health tests.

Once they have had all the re­quired checks, they are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a re­ward such as a su­per­mar­ket voucher.

Reg­is­tered nurse Mandy Reynolds said they hoped the WOF would en­cour­age peo­ple to be proac­tive with their own health.

‘‘Peo­ple are re­spon­si­ble for com­plet­ing the check­list them­selves,’’ she said.

‘‘Ide­ally, even­tu­ally ev­ery­one will come down – there is one for kids as well.’’

The WOF has a fo­cus on car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and tests in­clude di­a­betes, blood pres­sure and choles­terol checks.

Per­sonal car­diac his­tory and fam­ily his­tory is also taken into ac­count to as­sess a per­son’s per­cent­age risk of heart at­tack and stroke in the next five years. Other items on the check­list in­clude the flu vac­ci­na­tion (if el­i­gi­ble), smok­ing ad­vice and treat­ment, cer­vi­cal smears and mam­mo­grams for women, and med­i­ca­tion checks.

The clinic is set up with a self-use blood pres­sure ma­chine and blood tests are done with a finger prick – no nee­dles are used.

Hau­raki Pub­lic Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk assess­ment project man­ager Michelle Rohleder hoped the scheme would see bet­ter health for the whole Raun­gaiti com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s not only in­vest­ing in your­self but the chil­dren com­ing af­ter you,’’ she said.

‘‘If you change some of your habits, and it doesn’t have to be big changes, it can make a huge dif­fer­ence for your tamariki.’’

Ms Rohleder said the turnout on the pilot day of the WOF was pos­i­tive and they hoped to see it con­tinue. ‘‘It’s been fan­tas­tic.’’ The health clinic is open Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day morn­ings and is free for mem­bers of the Raun­gaiti com­mu­nity.

Photo: KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Checkup: Nurse Mandy Reynolds watches on as Raun­gaiti Marae de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee mem­ber Rangi Kaukau tests her blood pres­sure.

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