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Rheumatic fever

... years) living in the Waikato need to be checked.

Even a mild sore throat or a hoarse throat can be caused by strep and can go on to cause rheumatic fever if left untreated.  Get all sore throats seen and swabbed quickly to prevent rheumatic fever and heart damage. 

What does housing have to do with preventing rheumatic fever?

One of a few known risk factors for rheumatic fever is crowded living conditions.  GAS, the bacteria that can go on to cause rheumatic fever and damage to the heart, is a droplet spread bacteria that can be passed on from person to person when coughing and sneezing. 

Logically, the more people living in close contact within a household, the more that GAS can spread from person to person – particularly if people are sharing beds or bedrooms to keep warm, or to accommodate a larger family/whanau...

Recommended NZ websites on specific health topics or conditions

... websites that cover a good range of support, resources and information.

Age Concern - advice, services, information for older people and their families
Cancer Society NZ
Dementia NZ
Diabetes NZ 
Are you ok - family violence, how to get help or change
Heart Foundation 
Just the facts - for young adults, information about sexual health, STIs and safer sex
Mental Health Foundation 
Organ Donation NZ
Seniorline - for older people making decisions about staying at home, rest homes, day care etc

Referral to the Waikato Hospital Day Assessment Unit (DAU)

... 8.30am – 2.30pm.

At the clinic you will be seen by a midwife who will review any tests and/or monitoring you need. Depending on your needs you may have your blood pressure taken, blood tests, urine tests or be on a monitor to listen to your baby’s heart rate and movements. If anything is not in the expected range she will discuss your ongoing care with a doctor and a new plan of care will be made.

You will continue to attend the clinic for as long as your doctor has requested and the freque...

Who is eligible for FREE influenza vaccination?

... are most likely to get very sick. Anyone over 6 months can have a flu vaccine.

Pregnant people
people aged 65 years or older,
Māori and Pacific people aged 55 years and over 
people who have a long-term medical condition like diabetes, asthma, or a heart condition (ages 6 months+)
children 4 years old or younger who have been in hospital with respiratory illness such as asthma.  
If you’re eligible for a free flu shot, contact your GP or healthcare provider to make a booking. 

If you’re not e...

Maternity care for COVID-19 positive women

... support person will also be asked to wear a mask at all times. Both you and your support person are required to stay in the birth room at all times so that infection risk is kept to a minimum.   

In some cases it may be recommended to you that your baby’s heart rate be monitored continuously while you are in labour and advised that you have a drip inserted. All pain relief options are still available to you.

Will my baby get COVID 19? 

There is a very small risk that your baby will get COVID...

Pre-existing diabetes: type 1 or 2

... Labour might start too early (premature labour).
Increased chance of developing high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.
Increased chance of gum disease, bladder and other infections.
Worsening of any problems related to your diabetes such as eye, kidney, heart or nerve problems.
Increased chance of miscarriage or stillbirth.
Larger baby (which may cause problems during birth).
Baby being smaller than expected.
Baby having difficulty breathing at birth.
Baby having jaundice following birth.

Our vision, strategy and values

Healthy People. Excellent Care.

Enable us all to manage our health and wellbeing. Provide excellent care through smarter, innovative delivery.


Health equity for high need populations


radical improvement in Māori health outcomes by eliminating health inequities for Māori
eliminate health inequalities for people in rural communities
remove barriers for people experiencing disabilities
enable a workforce to deliver culturally appropriate services.

Safe, quality healt...

Nicci Sarah - live donor

... renal failure. Something I had to Google, and was shocked at what lay ahead for his kōrero.

“I asked if he was in line for a kidney, and he replied, “Yes, but there are hundreds of people ahead of me, things are not looking too good”.

“It broke my heart to see such a great man with a beautiful soul, suffering. He was dialysing three times a week, for four hours a day, trying to keep his life together.

“So I said, “I’ve got 2 you can have 1”.

“I had never thought about a live kidney donation...

Fetal Surveillance Education Programme (FSEP)

... Participants in the full programme also complete the FSEP MCQ assessment at the end of the session. This is core education programme and is suited to most clinicians requiring education or an update in cardiotocography.

The utero-placental unit, fetal heart rate control and basic fetal assessment
The normal CTG, who to monitor and an introduction to the abnormal CTG
The abnormal CTG focusing on decelerations, interpretation and management
CTG workshop
60 MCQ assessment

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