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Clinical Matters Newsletter - January 2022

Welcome to the January 2022 Edition of Clinical Matters!

In this issue....

  • Process for Dermatology
    BPAC Referrals
  • Resuscitation Skills/Intermediate and Advanced CPR Courses 2022
  • Gout Insights -
    Impact on Māori
  • Whakatāne Postgraduate Medical Society (WPMS) GP Representative
  • Thank You from the Rheumatology Team
  • Midland HealthPathways Update
  • Asthma Clinic BOP


Process for Dermatology BPAC Referrals

Please click here to read the details of the process for dermatology BPAC referrals.


Gout Insights - Impact on Māori

An estimated 10,400 more Māori need to be prescribed urate-lowering medicine each year.
Preventive gout medicines work. Being prescribed the right dose of urate-lowering medicine regularly can improve people’s lives dramatically.
To achieve equity of access to medicines, PHARMAC estimates about 10,400 more Māori a year should be started on a preventive gout medicine by their health professional.
You can read the full article here:


Thank You from the Rheumatology Team

As you may know, the rheumatology department are currently under pressure due to a temporary staffing issue.
They have asked us to pass on their thanks for the support they have received from general practice in terms of prescribing and escalating care ourselves. It has made a huge difference to their workload. May Soh commented: “I am very grateful to my GP colleagues for their support in such a difficult time especially when there are increasing demands placed on them for monitoring COVID positive patients in the community.”


Asthma Clinic BOP

Clinics: Free Asthma & Respiratory assessment, spirometry, education, and nurse consultations.

Self-referrals are currently suspended.  We will notify you when this becomes available again.
Referrals continue as normal. We encourage you to send referrals to support the management of patients with existing asthma or COPD. We are also continuing our usual service of advice on treatment options.

Clients have the option to have an appointment in person, video call or by telephone.

Clients need to be referred via their GP electronically via health link: asthmbop, or via email

Asthma & Respiratory Management BOP Inc have clinics in the following areas:

Western Bay of Plenty
Greerton: Main Office at 254 Chadwick Road, Greerton, Tauranga; daily 9am - 4pm
Mount Maunganui
Te Puke

Eastern Bay of Plenty

Clinics are open based on the demand.


Resuscitation Skills/Immediate and Advanced CPR Courses 2022

Please click here for a list of available CPR training courses for 2022 and contact details for our trusted Resuscitation officer Andy Davies.

Click here for information on the LIFEPAK CR2 Defibrillator
Click here for information on Covid-19 changes for basic life support.


Whakatāne Postgraduate Medical Society (WPMS) GP Representative

The Whakatane Postgraduate Medical Society meets once a month for CME and to have dinner. As well as providing education and local medical updates it is an excellent forum for building relationships between GPs and hospital SMOs. They usually meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening, once a month depending on the availability of the speaker. They are keen to have a GP representative join the committee.

Please contact Michael Herd the WPMS secretary on if you are interested or have any ideas of speakers or topics that would be of interest.

Midland HealthPathways Update

New pathways for GPs on HealthPathways
The following pathways are now live on our HealthPathways site for you to use:

And remember there is up-to-date information on all matters Covid-19 for primary care on Health Pathways, including national as well as local information.

HealthPathways is a collection of management guidelines specifically tailored to primary care.  Our GP Liaison team is in the process of 'localising' these pathways to the Bay of Plenty, i.e, making them relevant to GPs and other primary care providers specifically in the Bay of Plenty.  You'll find valuable pointers on history, examination, treatment and of course when and how to refer patients on to other services.  These pathways will, over time, be replacing the Bay Navigator pathways.


Dr Chris Tofield, Dr Dan Jackson, and Dr Paula Taylor

Click here to email the Bay Navigator team

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