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Counties Manukau Health Infectious Diseases

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Description

Infectious Diseases is the branch of medicine which deals with the diagnosis and management of diseases which involve infection of the human body. These may involve bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. These infections may occur in the community or as a complication of treatment in hospital. Many of these conditions are dealt with by other medical and surgical teams but some require a specialist approach.
 

The Infectious Diseases team is made up of specialists in infectious diseases with a registrar training in the discipline. The team liaises closely with the clinical microbiologists in the laboratory as well as specialist pharmacists, nurses and infection control personnel.

Click on links for information on our bio-containment unit.

For information on Ebola please visit the Counties Manukau Health or  Ministry of Health websites.

Infectious Disease Services Provided by Counties Manukau Health
Inpatient services are provided at Middlemore Hospital and outpatient clinics are held at Manukau SuperClinic™.

 

Patient Safety and Antibiotic Awareness 2018
From 4 to 18 November, Counties Manukau Health will be participating in Patient Safety and Antibiotic Awareness weeks. This campaign is observed around the world and provides an opportunity to learn more about the problem of antibiotic resistance and to think about ways to optimise hand hygiene, prescribing and the use of antibiotics in order to address this significant health problem.

For more information on the Patient Safety and Antibiotic Awareness campaign - see below under Services.

Consultants

Referral Expectations

Acute Patients Middlemore Hospital 
If you are acutely unwell, your GP may refer you to the Acute Assessment and Admitting Service in the Emergency Department at the front of Middlemore Hospital. The Medical team working in the Emergency Care Department will look after you, and if your condition is considered to be an infection, advice may be requested from the Infectious Diseases specialty. You may be admitted to hospital for investigation and treatment.

Outpatients Manukau SuperClinic™ 
If the referral is less urgent and the referring doctor is requesting help in the management of your condition, the doctor will request an appointment in the Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic.  Waiting times for the appointment depend on the urgency of the condition as outlined in the information supplied by your doctor, but vary between 2 weeks and 1-2 months.

In the outpatient clinic you will be seen by a member of the medical specialist team who will ask questions about your illness, examine you and possibly order further investigations. This may involve having, for example, x-rays or blood tests and then returning to clinic when all the results have been received.  Once a diagnosis is made, management of your condition will be outlined to you and you will either be requested to return to the clinic or to see your GP for follow-up.
 
Infectious Diseases outpatient clinics are held at:

Not all referrals are seen in a face-to-face consultation; instead your doctor may receive advice on how to manage your condition or investigate it further.

Services

  • Prosthetic Joint Infections

    The following set of guidelines represent a collaborative consensus from the orthopaedic, infectious diseases, microbiology, infection control and pharmacy departments at Counties Manukau Health (CMH) for the management of adult patients with suspected Periprosthetic Joint Infections (PJIs).… More PDF

  • Spinal Infections

    This guideline addresses the management of adult patients (≥15 years old) presenting to CMDHB with suspected native vertebral osteomyelitis/discitis (NVO).… More PDF

  • Patient Safety and Antibiotic Awareness 2018

    From 4 to 18 November, Counties Manukau Health will be participating in Patient Safety Week and Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018.… More PDF

Charges

There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the Eligibility Directions specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.  If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical treatment you receive during your stay.

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility

For any applicable charges, please phone the Accounts Receivable Office on (09) 2760060.

Contact Details

Middlemore Hospital

South Auckland

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This page was last updated at 12:03PM on October 10, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Infectious Diseases.