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Announcements 2018

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS


 

Computer Generated Prescriptions - uploaded October 2018


As per notice in Government Gazette No. 956 of the 10th August issued by the Superintendent of Public Health referring to Legal Notice L.N. 232/2018 of the Medicines Act (Cap. 458), Prescription Forms free Medicinals (Amendment) Rules, 2018 and as per Legal Notices:

  • L.N. 233/2018 of the Medical and Kindred Professions Ordinance (Cap. 31) Drugs (Control) (Amendment Number 2) Regulations, 2018 and
  •  L.N. 234/2018 Dangerous Drug Ordinance (Cap. 101), Internal Control of Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Rules, 2018

The Computer Generated Prescription system is available as from the 1st October 2018 for all medical officers working in both the Government and Private sectors.  This can be accessed through https://poyc.hss.gov.mt/poyc/onlineprescription/​ using your e-ID.  Alternatively, the system can be accessed through the myhealth portal.


The use of this platform for the issuing of prescriptions provides benefits for physicians and patients such as:


1.​ Re-printing of prescriptions

2. Re-using previous entries as a basis for a new set of prescriptions

3. Issuance of up to 3 prescriptions per patient with one entry

4. Viewing patients’ prescription record at a glance

5. Retention of a history of prescriptions issued

6. Automated retrieval of patient details from the central government source.


All data retained on the system must be processed by all users in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Pharmacy of Your Choice (POYC) confirms that the system is secured, and both Doctor and Patient data is processed by POYC in accordance with GDPR


Whilst hoping that this new facility will be made use of by all, please note that any technical issues should be logged with MITA by calling 25992777.


Suggestions or comments are welcome on the POYC Unit’s Facebook page.



Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2018/2019 - uploaded October 2018


The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for the year 2018/2019 will be available from all Health Centres from Monday 15th October.  Persons over 55 years, children between 6 months and 59 months old, and persons of any age suffering from chronic diseases of the lungs, heart, liver, kidney, diabetes, and any immunodeficiency conditions, including HIV and AIDS are eligible for free vaccination. In these cases, the Schedule V Control Card or a recent medical certificate stating the person's medical condition should be presented.


Priority will be given to the above persons until the 27th October. Following this date, the influenza vaccine will be available free of charge for all persons over the age of 6 months until stocks last.


Between the 15th and 27th October the Immunisation Clinics at Floriana, Mosta and Paola Health Centres will be open as follows: 08:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 19:00 on Saturdays.


All other clinics in  Health Centres will open 08:00 to 13:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 12:00 on Saturday.

Flu vaccination from Gozo Health Centre will be available between 10:00 and 13:00 and between 14:00 and 19:00 Monday to Saturday.


From the 29th October onwards the vaccine will be available from all Health Centres between 10am and 5pm.


Persons caring for housebound patients are to phone CommCare on 22589341 to book the Influenza vaccine. 


All persons are to present their I.D. card in order to receive the vaccine.


Parents bringing young children for vaccination should produce the Baby's Book or Vaccination Record.



 Inauguration of the Kirkop Health Centre - uploaded September 2018


The new and modern Kirkop Health Centre was inaugurated on the 14th September 2018. This centre will be offering seventeen different services to over 28,000 residents of Hal Kirkop, Hal-Far, Hal-Farrug, Safi, Luqa, Mqabba, Qrendi and Zurrieq, who up till now have been using the services at the Floriana Health Centre. 


For further details please click here​.



 

Inauguration of the Zebbug (Malta) Berga - uploaded August 2018


 

The refurbished Zebbug Community/Peripheral Clinic (Berga) was inaugurated on the 24th August 2018. Besides the GP clinic services, this clinic will also offer Speech and Language Pathology Service, which will be available on a daily basis between 7:30am and 3:30pm.

 

The GP clinic is available on the following dates:

​          Monday   10:30am - 12:45pm
          Tuesday     7:30am - 10:00am
          Thursday  10:30am - 12:45pm


 

For more details about the Peripheral Clinics in Malta and Gozo please click here​.



 

Inauguration of the Xewkija Berga, Gozo - uploaded May 2018


 

The Xewkija Berga was inaugurated on the 18th May 2018. Besides the daily GP Clinic Services, the Xewkija Berga will be offering 2 new services which include the:

  • Nutrition and Weight Management Programme Service, which will be available forthnightly and
  • Speech and Language Pathology Service, which will be available on a daily basis
  • Blood Donation Unit

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The PHC Weight Management Programme - uploaded April 2018


 

Overweight and obesity are a growing concern among all age groups in the Maltese population. As from March, 2018, the Primary HealthCare has initiated a weight management service that focuses on the prevention and management of overweight and obesity. 


 

The programme consists of two sessions per week for a period of 12 weeks. Each session is of 2 hours duration, various topics relating to healthy nutrition and weight loss are presented and discussions take place in a group setting.


 

All individuals over 18 years of age, who have a body mass index (BMI) of >25kg/m2 can be referred. Clients suffering from a chronic condition might be referred to a dietician by the nutritionist.


 

Referrals by General Practitioners, Lifestyle clinic nurses and dieticians in Primary HealthCare and from Mater Dei Hospital are made by sending an email on "nutritionist.phc@gov.mt". Clients can also self-refer by contacting their local Health Centre.


 

For more information about this programme please click here​​.


 


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Mental Health Association Drop-In Centre - uploaded April 2018


 

Are you caring for a person with mental illness and would like to find a place where you can just drop in for a cup of coffee, relax and perhaps talk to someone who is also a carer and can provide you with peer support?


 

The Mental Health Association is please to announce that it is opening its premises.


 

Venue/Address:    Centru Lucija, 45, Stiefnu Zerafa Street, Marsa

Date:                     Every Thursday except on public holidays

Time:                     From 5:30 to 7:30pm


 

For map details click here​.


 


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Living with Diabetes - Educational and Weight Management Programme Referral - uploaded January 2018


 

The aim of this programme is to increase the participants’ knowledge on diabetes’ care and management as well as to guide them to lose weight and become more physically active.


 

The programme consists of 9 group sessions delivered on Saturday mornings by a multidisciplinary team at Mater Dei Hospital. 


 

The team consists of a diabetes practice nurse, a dietitian, a nutritionist, a resident specialist in diabetes, an oral hygienist, a podiatrist and a fitness instructor. 


 

Clients are also offered a one to one session with a counsellor/ psychotherapist (to facilitate behaviour change).


 

Sessions typically include an educational/discussion part and a short physical activity part.


 

Referral form for this Programme can be downloaded from here.​​


 


 The services of a Dietician has been introduced - uploaded January 2018


 

The services of a Dietician to perform nutrition interventions is available in the primary health care setting. 

The Dietician will be stationed at Rabat and Cospicua health centers and referrals from general practitioners will be vetted so that priority will be given to clients with more urgent needs.

The clinic is run by an appointment system.