We encourage our patients to have regular checks to prevent illness developing, or to detect and treat illnesss early. These appointments include advice on smoking, cholestrol, blood pressure, and diabetes. They also include prostate checks for men and cervical smears and breast examinations for women. Relevant blood tests can also be arranged.
If you have not been to your doctor for over two years please make an appointment for a quick health check. This is wise for your health and also ensures that your enrolment and funding subsidy for fees is kept current.
Immunisations: We fully endorse the National immunisation programme for children. We also endorse the influenza vaccine for adults who those who meed the ministry of health criteria (all persons over 65 years of age, or with a variety of other ‘qualifying diseases’ – check with the nurse or doctor). Other non-qualifying persons may also wish to consider the vaccine (i.e. child-care workers, checkout operators etc.)
Whooping cough has been increasingly diagnosed in the community over the last few years. The Ministry of Health is recommending and funding a booster vaccine for expectant mothers over 28 weeks gestation. It is also recommending that close family members of expected newborns be given a booster (not funded however).
Skin cancer screening: We have many years of experience in diagnosing and treating / excising skin cancers. The vast majority of skin lesions can be diagnosed and dealt with ‘in-house’, although occasionally referral to a specialist dermatologist or plastic surgeon may be necessary. Resection of ingrown toenails is also performed where appropriate. We also have liquid nitrogen always available for more superficial skin damage where indicated, and for treatment of warts.
We give advice on all contraceptive methods available. Sexual health: Advice and screening for sexually-transmitted diseases, and treatment when required.
Advice and treatment for men suffering with erectile dysfunction.
Allow up to 3 working days for most results. We will phone or email you ONLY IF your result is abnormal. Please call our nurses after 9.30 if you have any queries.
Sexual health – male impotency
Counseling – As well as good listening skills (!), we also offer specific counseling assistance with weight loss, lipid (cholesterol) management, smoking cessation, appropriate exercise, and a range of other health issues.
Allergy testing: Referrals for investigation and treatment where appropriate.
Palliative care: End of life care, usually in conjunction with the North Shore (or other) Hospice.
Audiology (hearing tests)