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Announcements 2017

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS


Extension of Port-a-Cath Services - posted December 2017

As from January 2018, the Port-a-Cath line maintenance service will also be given from Rabat Health Centre. Nurses providing the service have been given theoretical training as well as hands-on practical training and assessment of skills at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Hospital


 
Extension of Blood Glucose Sticks Scheme - posted November 2017

The blood glucose sticks scheme has been extended to all those suffering from type 2 diabetes and are on insulin. It is estimated that diabetes affects around 10% of our population. 

Persons entitled to receive blood glucose sticks will be notified in the coming weeks, by a letter from POYC explaining how they can collect the blood glucose sticks.

For more detailed information about this scheme please refer to Press Release (pr172557).


  
​​​World Diabetes Day - 14th November 2017 - posted November 2017
  
On the 13th and 14th November, blood glucose testing, blood pressure testing and weight and height measurement (BMI) will be available from 7:30am to 2pm in all the Health Centres.
 
On the 13th, 14th and 15th November, blood glucose testing will be available in all the Peripheral Clinics at the usual opening hours. For peripheral clinics opening hours please click here.
 
For more detailed information about diabetes please click here.
                                 World Diabetes Day Poster



​​Seasonal Influenza Vaccine - posted October 2017

 
 
The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine is now available for the year 2017/2018.  Vaccination service is available from all Health Centres from the 16th October . For further details please click here.​
 

​Movement and Physical Activity Programme Launched posted January 2017

Objective of Intervention: Movement and activity classes will promote generalised exercises to decrease stiffness and prevent falls due to lack of balance, mobility and strength. These classes will keep senior citizens mobile and active as well as enabling them to prevent falls which is a major health hazard. The program will also empower the clients and their carers to take initiative in their own care.

InterventionThe client will be given an appointment to assess their level of mobility and fitness. If client is eligible and suitable for the classes he will be invited to join the programme. The programme will comprise of 6 morning sessions which will be delivered in groups of 10 clients over the span of 6 consecutive weeks. The exercises are carried out in sitting and in standing postures and will address flexibility, strength, balance and cardiovascular health. Each session will be around 45minutes to an hour long. 

Criteria of referralClients who are experiencing general decreased mobility and balance of a musculoskeletal origin that has no profound neurological cause. Clients suffering from other musculoskeletal conditions should continue to be referred for physiotherapy treatment.

Method of referralReferrals to determine if client is eligible for these classes can be made by General Practitioners, Lifestyle clinic nurses and Primary Health Care physiotherapists through a formal Ticket of Referral (TOR), or by sending an email on physicalactivity.phc@gov.mt

 
Referrals should include: Name, Identity card number, Relevant past medical history and drug history together with the clinical indications for referral.

Referrals that are done through the formal Ticket of Referral should be left at the respective health centre reception so as to be forwarded by internal post to the Physiotherapy Clinic Birkirkara Health Centre, Triq Tumas Fenech, Bkara.

For further queries one can phone on telephone number 22774407

 

 ​Switchover of Schedule II (Pink Card) Diabetic Patients to Schedule V Entitlement​  - posted January 2017

Diabetic patients (as from 1st of January, ALL diabetic patients, irrespective if they are in possession of Schedule V (Yellow card) for Diabetes or Schedule II (Pink Card), will be entitled to the following:

1. Antibiotics for treatment of Diabetes related infections

2. Free Dental Care - In order to continue promoting Oral Health, all diabetic patients will be entitled to free dental check – ups in the National Public Health Service, including dental fillings and prosthesis so long they are in possession of a valid Schedule V card

3. Free spectacles including frames and lenses - The current entitlement for free spectacles and lenses applicable to patients with Schedule II card will now also be included to ALL diabetic patients with the respective valid Schedule V card for Diabetes

 

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