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September Patient Newsletter

Kia ora,

Spring has arrived and we're sure you're looking forward to some warmer brighter days.

Daylight saving

Daylight saving starts at 2am on Sunday 24th September. Don't forget to put your clocks forward by one hour.

Prostate Cancer awareness month

September is Prostate Cancer Foundation's awareness month. Did you know:

  • 1 in 8 Kiwi men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.

  • Every year 4000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer*.

  • 700 men per year die from the disease*.

Early diagnosis of the disease helps to saves lives.

For more information about the symptoms and treatments see the Prostate Cancer Foundation Website

If you are worried about prostate cancer, contact reception to book an appointment with your GP or health professional.

*New Zealand Cancer registry, MOH cancer data & stats

Cervical Screening awareness month

September is also cervical screening awareness month and with it comes a change to cervical screening across Aotearoa. From 12th September the HPV test will be the primary cervical screening test. There will be two options for cervical screening:

  1. HPV vaginal swab test, either self-test or assisted by a clinician.

  2. A clinician-taken specimen, previously referred to as a smear test.

Free screening will be available from 12th September for:

  • women and people with a cervix 30 years and over who are unscreened (have never had a screening test) or under-screened (haven't had a cytology test in the past 5 years)

  • anyone requiring follow up

  • Māori and Pacific

  • community service card holders

Talk to our practice nurses about the right choice for you, or visit for more information.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Monday 11th September marks the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week). Here are some words you may hear around our clinics:

tākuta doctor

nāhi nurse

mamae pain

hauora health

rongoā medicine

Coming up next month:

  • Breast cancer awareness month

  • Labour weekend opening hours

  • Staff updates

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