Healthy heart checks

Our nurses are trained in performing well person's heart checks. You will be asked to have a blood test before the check up to measure your sugar and cholesterol levels. Dietary and lifestyle advice is available. It is recommended that heart checks be completed for:
  • All men between 45 and 65 years of age
  • All women between 55 and 65 years of age

These age limits are reduced for men older than 35  and women older than 45 if you are:

  • Maori/Pacific/Indian, or
  • Have a family history of blood vessel disease (eg parents or siblings with diabetes, heart disease or stroke), or
  • Have personal risk factors eg hypertension, high cholesterol, current or recent smoker, history of diabetes in pregnancy
  • A person with polycystic ovary syndrome, impaired sugar blood tests, or overweight (BMI>=30)

Diabetes management advice

Qualified specialist diabetes nurses are available to provide advice and assistance to our diabetes patients.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes you will receive advice, monitoring and education. Early treatment is available to help prevent worsening of the disease or associated complications.

Our doctors and diabetes nurse encourage all diabetes patients to complete an annual diabetes check up with the diabetes nurse. This check-up involves assessment of diabetes control and ensures regular retinal screening and diabetic foot screening. 

Some diabetes patients are eligible for our diabetes case management programme. Please ask your doctor or diabetes nurse if this is available to you.

Baymed supports and refers diabetes patients to the local Wellness diabetes self-management programme.
For further information on diabetes, check out www.diabetes.co.nz

Cervical screening

Qualified nurse smear takers are able to offer cervical smears under the cervical screening programme guidelines. Nurse-led cervical smear clinics are available at either practice during the day and occasionally on the weekends for women unable to attend the clinics during the day. 

Regular cervical smear tests are recommended for women from the age of 20 years until they turn 70 years if they have ever been sexually active. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers. A women’s best protection against developing cervical cancer is having regular cervical smear tests.

For more information on Women's health, check out this website:
http://www.nsu.govt.nz/

Electrocardiographs (ecg)

An ECG is a recording of your heart's electrical activity. Electrode patches are attached to your skin to measure the electrical impulses given off by your heart. The result is a trace that can be read by a doctor. It can give information of previous heart attacks or problems with the heart rhythm.

ECG’s are available at Bayfair and Papamoa Doctors at the request of your GP.

Hearing tests (audiometry)

Hearing tests can be completed at Bayfair Doctors. When your hearing is tested it is charted on what we call an audiogram. Your audiogram is a record of the softest sounds you heard during your hearing test, in each ear.

It is common for employers to request hearing tests as part of pre-employment medicals for potential new employees.

Asthma management advice

Our practice nurses work with your GP to provide asthma management advice. The practice nurse can provide help and support to use your inhaler and spacer correctly, cope with your asthma triggers, understand your medicines, measuring how well you can breathe and complete an action plan with GP support.

Care plus

Care Plus is a primary healthcare programme available through our PHO (Primary Health Organisation) Western Bay of Plenty PHO. The programme is designed for people who need to visit their healthcare provider more often due to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory problems. It is also available for people who have acute medical or mental health needs or a terminal illness. 

Care Plus provides funding to subsidise these extra visits to your general practice.

An individualised Care Plan will be developed with you to set realistic, achievable health and quality of life goals. Care Plus visits are available with a specialised nurse in the nurse clinic and/or with your GP. Certain criteria apply, please check with your doctor or nurse for eligibility.

Immunisations

Children are exposed to thousands of germs, some of which are potentially harmful to their health. Immunisation is the most effective way to actively protect your child from preventable diseases, ranging from whooping cough to meningitis and measles.

Our GPs encourage and support parents and caregivers to immunise their children against vaccine preventable diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps and hepatitis B. The practice nurses all complete specific training and certification enabling them to discuss and administer vaccinations. All childhood vaccinations are free of charge.

Adults should have received a primary series of vaccines against tetanus and diptheria. Boosters are recommended at 45 and 65 years of age. 
http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/immunisation
www.immune.org.nz

Skin checks & surgery

Dr Martijn Haitsma is a GP with Special Interest (GPSI) in skin cancer. He has an extensive background in skin surgery and is able to perform publicly funded and private surgeries up to an advanced level.

Regular skin clinics are run at a very reasonable rate and are available to enrolled and non-enrolled patients at our Papamoa clinic.
Biopsies are available on site when needed as well as cryotherapy and diathermy when appropriate.
Don’t let skin cancer bite you: come in for a thorough check.

Specialty nurse led clinics

The nurses working in our nurse-led clinics provide expert nursing care to people experiencing a range of health issues, working collaboratively with your doctor and other health team members where indicated.

There is increasing evidence demonstrating improved health outcomes, cost effectiveness, and quality of life for people attending nurse-led clinics.

Some of our nurses have gained specialty knowledge and qualifications and extended their role to enable caring for people with long-term health conditions.