Health Checks-Mandy Savage, Health Promoter, Cancer Society, Kapiti Office
In this new normal it is important that we look after ourselves and our whanau. Make time to get regular health checks or see a GP for something new that you are concerned about. This will become easier as we move down the lockdown levels.
GPs are still operating but in different ways. You may be offered a consultation over skype or a phone call. Remember that even at level 2 those over 70 or with pre-existing health conditions should remain at home where possible. If you do have to go into a medical practice take care of those in your bubble and plan for how you will travel to the health check. Do you need to take your mobile and wait in the car? Can you walk in and wait in a separate area?
Other regular checkups recommended by the Cancer Society include:
Skin awareness checks. See your GP if you have concerns with a freckle or a mole that is changing. Get it checked out for peace of mind.
Only breast screening is operating under level 3. Cervical and bowel screening programmes are not available at this time. However, if you have any concerns about signs or symptoms book in with your local GP practice.
Other items on your health to do list include:
- book your child in for their immunisations.
- get your flu shot if they are available in your area.
- some people are experiencing stress and anxiety during lockdown. This may be due to a several things including worry over accessing health services. Talk to your GP or our experienced cancer nurses – ph0800 226 227.
- ask about booking your usual wellness checks such as blood pressure checks, as we move down lockdown levels.