COVID-19 UPDATE 28 MARCH 2020

Picture taken of our front line staff in scrubs and some in personal protective equipment

Eastmed Doctors is open as usual

EastMED Doctors is staying OPEN throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s alright to feel anxious, angry, scared or worried right now. Your well being while you’re staying at home is important and we want you to know you’re not alone.

If you are unwell or experiencing greater than expected levels of anxiety, we are here to help you.

We are incredibly proud of our doctors. They had to undertake significant upskilling to offer video consultations for their patients. They have gone well beyond their comfort zone to offer this service in a short space of time. We are impressed by you, our patients who have quickly modified your consulting requirements to the online platform.

Remember we are here for you. You can book an online video consultation or request a telephone consultation with your doctor by ringing 09 585 0188.

During the lock-down it is important you take care of yourself –

  1. including maintaining good routine with regular exercise,
  2. eating regular healthy meals,
  3. connecting with friends & family via text/phone/social media/email, and
  4. if feeling stressed – there are also plenty of online resources available to practice mindfulness (the Calm and Headspace apps are particularly helpful) or
  5. you can free call or text 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor.

Please read below for some more tips on maintaining your wellbeing during the quarantine period.

Stay connected, be kind (especially to yourself) and keep moving. We’re going to get through this.

He waka eke noa – we’re all in this together.

With best wishes from the EastMED team

Dr Kate Gordon wrote the above article with help/tips  from Dr Sue Argent.

Wellbeing tips

Use technology to stay connected
Connect with the people who are important to you on the phone, through social media, video chats and text. Self-isolation doesn’t mean cutting off all communication – in fact, it’s more important than ever to talk and listen, share stories and advice, and stay in touch with the people who matter to you. For example you might want to organise a digital shared lunch, or schedule a daily phone call with your grandmother.

Take notice of things that make you feel good
Eating healthy food, noticing the beauty outside your window or on a walk around the block, taking time to thank people. Pay attention to how you feel when you do these things and then try to do them more often.

Keep moving
Try not to spend all day in bed or on the couch. Getting some exercise helps your mind and body to release tension and stress and gives you the energy and good feelings you need to get through. Find ways to move your body and your mood every day. Remember, you can go outside, but you need to limit your contact with others. It’s ok to go for a walk, run or ride your bike, as long as you avoid other people.

Think about what you have to give
Giving helps us to feel we’re still a part of our whānau and community even when we have to stay at home. You’ve got so much to offer – get creative and think about ways you can give your time, skills and knowledge to help others. For example can you text a complement to someone, share a recipe or book recommendation on social media, or call someone who might be feeling lonely?

Stick to a routine
This sounds boring but it will help you get through each day. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat regularly, shower, change your clothes, get some fresh air, book in video-chats with colleagues or friends, do your chores. Make sure you make time for fun!

Find ways to relax
This is especially important if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Finding things that help you breathe deeply, switch off and recharge will help you to feel better.

Go on an information diet
Covid-19 is a global issue and the endless updates from news outlets and people on social media can be completely overwhelming. Visit https://covid19.govt.nz for information and pick one trusted news source and check it once per day. Pay attention to how news coverage makes your feel and switch off if you need to.

Source: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-self-isolation/covid-19-wellbeing-self-isolation

Flu Injection

Ministry of health stocks of flu vaccine have run out. New flu jab arrivals are delayed to mid April 2020. The bookings for flu vaccines for the next few days are being cancelled by our team. We will inform you through our website/newsletter when the flu jab stocks are replenished.

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