Dont let the flu get you
Our Flu vaccines have arrived and the earlier you have your flu vaccine the better.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccine if you are 65 years old or over, or have certain medical conditions. Dont delay, phone now for an appointment at The Doctors Hastings or Waipawa to see the nurse or to check if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine.
Save the planet and use TXT2remind
Did you know that The Doctors Hastings has a great system called TXT2remind.
TXT2remind allows us to send you recalls, notification of normal results and appointment reminders via your cell phone.
If you would like to take advantage of the recalls and results service via txt to remind let the practice nurse know the next time you are in.
Good Health Starts with Self-care
A GP or a practice nurse is the health provider you will see most often in your life. But did you know that most health care really takes place at home?
Its what you do between doctor visits that can make a real difference to your health, including such simple things as:
- Managing minor ailments such as colds effectively at home
- Taking medications always as prescribed
- Being careful with personal hygiene
- Keeping active at least 30 minutes a day
See the various sections of this website for more health tips and access to resources to help you live a healthier, happier life.
Cycle Commuter Challenge
Cycling to work instead of driving or taking the bus is a simple way to build more activity into your life - even if you can only manage it one or two times a week.
Its important that we are highly visible on our bikes but sometimes even that is not enough. We do share the roads with vehicles, follow the same road rules and have to be aware of cars at all times. When you ride a bike you learn to become a very defensive rider. Where ever possible make sure you have eye contact with other drivers, so they see you.
To support Hastings cycle commuters, we recently took part in the Cycle Commuter Challenge organised by Bike HB. We set up tables outside The Doctors Hastings and joined with Hawkes Bay Today staff and provided breakfast bags including bars, drink, apples and home baking for about 110 bikers who rode their bikes to either work or school.
It was an early start for some of our staff getting up at 5am to bake some muffins and arriving at 6.30am to start setting up outside to be ready for the 1st biker through at 6.45am.
Be a Health Hero
When it comes to being healthy, following a few basic guidelines goes along way:
- Eat well - a balanced diet of freshfoods
- Keep active, physically andmentally
- Be socially involved
Simple but perhaps not always easy. However once youre started, living a healthy life is its own reward. Just ask Kath Johnstone, a 92 year old who has just brought home a haul of gold and silver medals from the World Masters Games in Sydney.
How does she do it? Kath has been active all her life, and keeping fit has become a routine part of her day, including simple exercises at home, going to a gym, and swimming regularly. The Masters games gives Kath both a fitness goal, and a wonderful social network. Kath has never let being a senior hold her back. In fact, when she turned 70 she decided to do something exciting every year. That has included sky diving, rally driving, water skiing, caving, white-water rafting, and microlight flying.
Our group is proud to sponsor Kath, helping her get to the Masters Games in Sydney, providing supplements, nutritional advice, and a gym membership. She is an inspiration to us all, a real health hero, and a reminder that its never too late to be active. Its in everyone its in you.