January Newsletter

January Newsletter

Happy New Year to Everyone.! 

New year – New start?


Quit smoking is the best thing you can do for your health,  family and your wallet!


And people who get extra support form their health professionals and /or Quitline (0800 778 778) stand a much better chance of success. stop smoking


Call us on 09 273 6003 to discuss your situation with our GPs or talk to Jacqui, Lilian or Jasmina about the different ways available to help you quit for GOOD!!

Want to lose some weight?

You can lower your risk of diabeteshigh blood pressureheart disease, arthritis and even some forms of Cancer.

diabetesYou can get advice and support from your GP or nurse, and even on line..




December Newsletter

Just a reminder that the practice will close over the Christmas botanymedicalpracticeperiod- from lunchtime on 24th December, and reopen Monday 5th January. Please make sure you have enough of your chronic medication to last!


The holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to think about protecting you and your loved ones against vaccine preventable diseases. Many countries have recommended vaccines, most of which can be given by the practice nurses.


You can check by destination for any required immunisation here.


Not everyone feels happy at Christmas time. If you are feeling overwhelmed or depressed, or you are worried about someone, the Crisis team can help, visit their website here.


Just a reminder that HomeCareMedical will provide after hour advice to all our patients free of charge.
Call 09 273 6003 to be redirected.

Wishing you all a  safe, happy  holiday, from all the team at Botany Town Centre Medical Practice -

Pieter, Radika, Jacqui, Lilian, Jasmina, Linda, Sharyn, Cindy & Annelize 

Summer Travel Advice


  • Download this general guide to a basic TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT  and information about MALARIA PREVENTION.

  • Don’t forget to take a supply of your own regular medications.

  • Inform your doctor / pharmacist of any allergies you may have.

  • Specific places can require specific additions to a medical kit.

  • Plan your vaccinations well ahead of departure.

  • Travel insurance is considered essential for all travel.

For more information visit the Traveler Information Center.

Jet Lag

btcmp_travelJet lag can be a problem for travelers who are crossing several time zones. Although it is not a serious condition, jet lag can make it hard for you to enjoy your vacation for the first few days. For business travelers, who may be expected to travel long distances and start work immediately after arrival, jet lag can affect mood, ability to concentrate, and physical and mental performance. Fortunately, you can take steps to minimize the effects of jet lag.

Before Travel

  • Exercise, eat a healthful diet, and get plenty of rest.
  • A few days before you leave, start going to bed an hour or two later than usual (before traveling west) or earlier than usual (before traveling east) to shift your body’s clock.
  • Break up a long trip with a short stop in the middle, if possible.

During Travel

  • Avoid large meals, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • On long flights, get up and walk around periodically.
  • Sleep on the plane, if you can.

After You Arrive


  • Don’t make any important decisions the first day.
  • Eat meals at the appropriate local time.
  • Spend time in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid excess alcohol or caffeine.
  • If you are sleepy during the day, take short naps (20–30 minutes) so you can still sleep at night.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking medicine to help you sleep at night.



Get Involved


Movember is about bringing back the moustache (Mo), having fun and doing good to change the face of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Mo Bros take action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking, talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.


Christmas Opening Hours

The Practice will be CLOSED from 2pm on 24 December 2014 until Sunday 4 January 2014


  • HomeCare Medical will be providing after hour triage services during this time. Call 09 273 6003.

  • To see a doctor please attend East Care at 260 Botany Road, Ph 277 1516.

BTCMP_ChristmasThe Staff wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hours are as follows:

Monday                                                                22 December     Open from 8 am to 5pm Tuesday                                                                23 December     Open from 8 am to 5pm Wednesday                                                          24 December     Open from 8 am to 2pm CLOSED FROM                                                    25 DECEMBER to SUNDAY 4 JANUARY NORMAL HOURS FROM MONDAY                                  5 JANUARY    8am

Three Campaigns to Look after your Health

September and October are all about keeping New Zealanders healthy!

Three national campaigns are currently running, encouraging Kiwis to think about their health and to take action: Cervical Screening Awareness Month, Blue September (the Prostate Cancer Foundation) and Stoptober.

September is Cervical Screening Awareness Month, and all sexually active women between 20 and 70 are encouraged to make sure they’re up to date with their cervical smear. BTCMP_Cervical ScreeningHaving a smear test doesn’t take long and is a simple procedure that is proven to save lives. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers, and screening women every three years can reduce the risk of developing it by up to 90 percent. The cervical smear test saves lives because it’s all about early detection – the sooner any abnormal cells are picked up, the sooner a woman can be treated. For more information click here.

BTCMP_Prostate CancerBlue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s national awareness campaign. Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer.  This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it – they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Prostate cancer can be prevented if detected early enough. For more information click here.

Stoptober is New Zealand’s first nationwide quit smoking month – a 31 day quit smoking challenge designed to help thousands of kiwis kick the smoking habit for good. You’re five times more likely to stay quit if you manage to stop smoking for an entire month, and you’re more likely to succeed with support. Sign up on the Stoptober website before October 1st for free support tools like daily texts, emails, and a free mobile app, to help you or your loved one quit the smoking habit. There will be fun events around the country all through September to encourage people to sign up, plus social media, radio, and television (you may have seen or heard the ads starring Piri Weepu already). Kia Kaha – Be Strong. Start your Stoptober Challenge now! For more information click here.

BTCMP_Quit Smoking Help

Quitline has launched a new TV ad campaign showing how children copy their parents and can become smokers at a young age. While the ads feature kids engaging in play-acting and other everyday activities, the focus of the campaign is on the power of the parents’ actions. The message is to quit before your kids start – because kids are seven times more likely to smoke if their parents do. For more information click here.