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Auckland is currently experiencing an outbreak of Mumps; with the majority of those infected aged 10 to 19 years. Mumps is a serious and highly infectious viral disease prevented by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination. Mumps is spread from an infected person by saliva or mucous droplets when coughing, sneezing, or talking. It can be spread via face to face contact within a metre, or by touching an object infected from saliva and mucous, such as a used tissue or keyboard. Antibiotics will not treat this infection or reduce your risk of catching mumps.
Early symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. The salivary glands on one or both sides of the face, cheeks or jaw may become swollen and sore after two days.
Most people recover from mumps however some individuals can develop rare complications. Men and adolescent boys can experience pain and swelling in their testicles, which in rare cases can result in infertility. Females can experience ovarian inflammation. For pregnant women there is risk of miscarriage in the first three months. In some people mumps can cause permanent hearing loss. In very few cases, mumps can lead to inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissue (meningitis).
The best way to protect against Mumps is to be vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.
Please click on the image (right) to read a recent feature about us in the local newspaper. It details our long history in Massey, going back as far as 1990. We are committed to our community and our refurbishment last year means we can care for more people, we can welcome more doctors and nurses to our team, and we can provide extra services, such as minor accidents and wound care, so you don't have to travel further afield for these treatments. We are fortunate to be able to welcome new patients, so if you want to join a team, that will know you by name, call us or pop in.
Early in 2017 we warmly welcomed two new colleagues, Dr Edwin Yip and Anita Parkinson RN.
Edwin was born in Hong Kong and came to New Zealand in 1997. He is a fluent speaker of Cantonese. A graduate from the University of Auckland, Edwin spent his previous years serving the communities in South and East Auckland before joining The Doctors Massey Medical. He has an interest in psychiatry, general medicine, older people’s health, and diabetes, and enjoys working with patients to tackle often challenging chronic conditions.
Anita was born in the UK and moved to New Zealand in 2013. Anita first studied General Nursing in Leeds, Yorkshire, retraining and graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1991. She has a particular interest in helping clients with Diabetes and has a Diploma in Diabetes Management. She loves living in New Zealand and her hobbies include competing in Triathlons and art.
2016 was a busy year at Massey Medical Centre. After caring for the community for almost 25 years in the current building, we completed an extensive refurbishment, resulting in a new and improved facility, custom-designed to care for the future needs of local people. We have more patient rooms, doctor’s rooms and a brand new nurse’s station, and the level above will be used for meetings, seminars and continued education for the team. Thank you to everyone for your continued support over the years, we look forward to continuing caring for you well into the future as The Doctors Massey Medical.
Click on the image to read our Summer 16/17 Newsletter.