Staff at Putaruru-based medical centre, Putararu-Tirau Family Doctors,have immunised 100 per cent of their eligible eight-month-old and two-year-old patients.
The national immunisation target is 90 per cent for eight-month-olds.
Four nurses at the medical centre who put a lot of time and effort into making sure children get their immunisations on time smashed the target, getting a perfect score last quarter.
“I’m very proud of my staff,” said practice manager Trish Cole.
“They work really hard and have made it a priority to ensure our local children get immunised on time.”
Mrs Cole said the medical centre, which belongs to Hauraki Primary Health Organisation, has a strong recall policy. Designated staff send recall letters out and phone patients reminding them about immunisations.
“If patients can’t make it into the practice, they are referred to Outreach who will visit them at home,” she said, “But we always prefer it if patients do come into the practice, so we can make sure everything else is okay health-wise.”
Opportunistic vaccination has also contributed to the practice’s success in reaching the target.
“When a family comes in with one sick child, nurses will check the records of all the children in the family. This way staff can identify if a child has an upcoming immunisation, and will do it there and then,” said Mrs Cole.
“It’s about being aware children need immunising, and making sure it happens. “I think more and more people have realised the importance of immunisation, and are getting immunised.”
Putararu-Tirau Family Doctors are all ready for the flu immunisation season ahead, and have set up a lunchtime clinic, where they are already getting a good response – particularly from the older members of the community.
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