Dec 2019

Well Being and other Services

Is it time to address your well-being?
Could the ‘Healthy Weight’ programme, to be ready for summer, be right for you? Dr Cushla Borthwick and Practice Nurse Tracy have flexible options to assist you towards developing a healthy lifestyle.

Email Tracy on hwc@gbmc.co.nz for more information.

AFTER HOURS: (When we are closed)
Care for illness or accident is available at Henderson Westcare/White Cross Clinic at 131 Lincoln Rd, Henderson (24 hours) and at Westcare/White Cross Clinic, 2140 Great North Road Avondale. Our phones are switched over to Home Care Medical (HML) each week day at the scheduled close time. There is further information in our Practice Information Leaflet.

ENROLMENTS: Although our books are officially closed to new patients we regularly have room for family members, living at the same address as our current patients and sometimes for Green Bay residents to join the Practice, as patients move out of the area. Please ask at reception about the application process.

Primary Health Organisation (PHO) ENROLMENT
We are required to have a signed form for each patient to confirm enrolment on our Practice Register. We continue to update these forms as the required information is now more detailed. For those patients born overseas, the Ministry of Health requires us to hold documentation proving eligibility for NZ Health Services; generally this involves producing your passport for us to photocopy, which we keep with your Enrolment (or Update) form. Should you fail to produce the required information you can still continue to be cared for, although charges will be at ‘Visitor’ rates [the standard fee is $75].


VISITORS who wish to be seen on a casual basis: We will see relatives or friends staying temporarily with Practice families for urgent medical care, however generally we do not have the capacity to see casual or transferred patients, so we may direct them to their own G.P.or to a Westcare/Whitecross Clinic.


TRAVEL VACCINATIONS: Dr Deb Mitchell is available to discuss your requirements prior to overseas travel. The cost of the consultation is $60 as it is not funded by the Ministry of Health - this covers the appointment with Dr Deb and the nurse. Please make an appointment and advise the receptionist that it is for travel. If vaccinations are recommended, these are at an additional cost and are preferably given some weeks before your trip so please make an appointment well in advance.

VACCINATIONS FOR OTHER DISEASES: A number of other immunisations are recommended in New Zealand, although not funded in the current programme. These include Chicken pox vaccine for older children, (it is funded at 15 months), Shingles vaccine for those 50 to 64 years, also Meningitis vaccine for students entering tertiary education (or boarding school). Please discuss with your GP.

SKIN CHECKS: Doctors Gina Kaye and Deb Mitchell are now offering dermoscopic skin cancer checkups: a half hour appointment, examining all skin lesions. This is highly recommended for anyone who lives under the harsh NZ sun! In particular, people with a personal or family history of skin cancer. The cost is $100.

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