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Caring for you - topical information

Our care for you forms one part of a partnership, the other part being how you care for yourself. We provide here a series of articles and other resources published to help you improve your 'wellness' and get the most out of your relationship with us. We will add more items as time goes by.

Financial hardship

The Ministry of Social Development have temporarily relaxed their eligibility criteria – in other words, it is currently easier to apply for and receive financial assistance. Click here to view their criteria. See the WINZ links below for more information.

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COVID-19 Testing

Updated 20th August 2020

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Patient Behaviour

The purpose of this information is to describe unacceptable patient behaviour and the consequences of it. Most of the patients using our services will find the behaviour listed here both unacceptable and alien.  It is for the few people, and rare instances, that this information has been written.

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There are a number of myths surrounding influenza and it's important to understand the truth behind those myths.

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Minimise Injuries on the Ski slopes

Regrettably some trips to the ski fields end with a trip to the doctors or after hours medical centre. Dr Alistair Blomley, Director at Riccarton Clinic, says, “Working in a clinic with x-ray facilities, which is on the way home for many people as they return from their day on the slopes, I get to see lots of snow sport-related injuries.”

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Continuity of care

When you enroll at Riccarton Clinic, you have the opportunity to see any of our doctors but at some point you should choose a particular doctor and you should aim to book appointments with this doctor whenever you need healthcare advice.  Over time, you and that doctor will hopefully establish a good working relationship, which is an important aspect of General Practice.  

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The benefits of exercise and sport

The following web link takes you to a nine minute YouTube video by Dr Mike Evans.

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Lifestyle is defined as the way in which a person lives.  Lifestyle is expressed in both work and leisure behavior patterns and (on an individual basis) in activities, attitudes, interests, opinions, values, and allocation of income. It also reflects people's self image or self concept; the way they see themselves and believe they are seen by the others. Lifestyle is a composite of motivations, needs, and wants and is influenced by factors such as culture, family, reference groups, and social class.

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Getting the most from your visit

It is hoped that this information is useful to you in achieving the best use of your time and money, whilst also providing an insight into some aspects of your visit you may not be aware of.

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