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    At Amity Health Centre we aim to provide high quality patient-centred health care in an environment where our patients feel comfortable and respected regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or culture.

    We provide a comprehensive range of general practice services to patients of all ages including family planning, child health, overseas travel advice, health assessment and promotion, and care for ongoing medical conditions.

    We seek to:

    • have an advocacy and educational role for our patients
    • provide acute and chronic care when it is needed
    • continually improve the quality of the care and service we provide

     

    Staff
    Our team is made up of GPs (see details below under “General Practitioners”) and:

    Practice Manager: Catherine Daly-Reeve

    Nursing Staff: Karen Findlay, Anna Boyd, Olivia Vickers, Mel Ure, Pauline Mumm, Hilary Hayde

    Receptionist/Admin: Chris Hibberd, Cindy Cosgrove, Tina Watson, Glenys Ross

    Practitioners

    • Dr Susie Lawless

      Dr Susie Lawless

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Jenny Macdiarmid

      Dr Jenny Macdiarmid

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr James Bishop

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Malihah Burke

      General Practitioner
    Adult and Child Medical Care

    Your GP's surgery is far more than a place to go when you are feeling unwell and needing a quick cure. The doctor who sees you has gone through an extensive medical training to equip her or him to help children and adults of all ages with a range of physical and emotional difficulties. GPs are at the centre of the healthcare hub and will be aware of services and expertise that are available locally and further-a-field. GPs are also aware of the link that stress and unhappy life events have on physical health so know when to suggest a talking therapy rather than medication.

    Minor Surgery

    Minor surgery is commonly provided in primary care practices, providing fast, competent removal and biopsies of skin lesions. Other services include cosmetic work such as removal of benign moles and skin tags. Ingrown toenail surgery is also commonly provided. 
    These conditions do not need to be referred to a hospital, perhaps saving you a long wait or a cancelled appointment when a more serious case takes priority. 
    If your doctor is unable to provide the procedure you need, he/she may know a neighbouring GP who does. Otherwise, the PHO will have a list of GPs trained in particular operations.

    Liquid Nitrogen

    Liquid nitrogen is a fast, effective treatment provided in many practices to treat viral warts, sun damaged skin, skin tags and many benign cosmetic lesions. It comes in a container with a nozzle and is usually applied by swab or spray. Often one treatment is all that is needed but sometimes it may need repeating after two weeks.
    Because it cannot be stored for too long, you will often find that your GP will treat a number of patients one after the other. 

    For more information click here.

    Travel Advice / Immunisations

    Another service offered to you at your GP surgery (primary care practice) is advice and immunisation before you go to another country. While you are likely to have the immunisations needed to live in New Zealand, there may be other injections you need to protect yourself before going for example to Africa or South America. In some places you will need protection from rabies or malaria. Yellow fever vaccinations are only available at approved centres; please click here to view the centres in the Auckland region. Your doctor will be able to tell you what diseases you will need to be protected from in any named country and advise you on other medical matters. 

    Repeat Prescriptions

    Each GP surgery or primary care practice will have its own procedure for repeat prescribing but the following rules are common to most, if not all. Patients who are well-known to the practice who have a stable condition like asthma, hypertension or diabetes could be allowed to get a repeat prescription for up to six months. Repeat prescriptions are never given to patients who are not known to the practice and there is probably a blanket ban on repeats for narcotics and other drugs that could be misused as doctors are expected to monitor these drugs carefully.

    Immunisation

    Immunisations are provided at all primary care practices and are one of the most important services they provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including meningococcal B meningitis.

    The National Immunisation Schedule offers a series of vaccines free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Visit the Ministry of Health website http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule to find out what vaccines are on the Schedule and when they are given.  Additional vaccines are provided free for certain eligible groups considered to be at high risk because of other medical conditions; find out more here http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule. These and other vaccines such as travel vaccines can be purchased by other people if they want them.

    Immunisations are given by a practice nurse or doctor, having ensured beforehand that the person is not ill or suffering from allergies. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.

    Children have their own document to keep a record of these injections. Under the age of 5 this is usually their Well Child/Tamariki Ora My Health Book. The immunisation record may need to be shown, for example, when starting school or early childcare. The staff will also record the immunisation details on New Zealand’s National Immunisation Register. This computerised information system holds details of all immunisations given to children here and will alert families when immunisations are due.

    Cervical Screening

    All women who have ever been sexually active should have regular cervical smear tests every three years between the ages of 25 and 69. This includes women who have been immunised against HPV. This test detects abnormal cells which, if left untreated, could become cervical cancer. Very often these cells are made abnormal by a human papillomavirus (HPV) which is a sexually transmitted virus. Regular tests and treatment reduces the likelihood of this sort of cancer by around 90%. 

    For more information about cervical smear tests click on the link to the National Screening Unit website http://www.nsu.govt.nz/current-nsu-programmes/national-cervical-screening-programme.aspx

    Covid-19 testing

    This practice provides COVID-19 testing to enrolled patients following telephone triage. Please phone the practice for more information.

     

    General Public Covid-19 Testing

    People in the Southern district with cold and flu symptoms who are seeking a COVID-19 test should call 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) or their local GP for advice, and should stay at home.  If you are offered a test for COVID-19, please take it.  It will help us ensure we don't have community transmission, and help keep your friends, family and whanau safe.  Regardless of where you are tested, COVID-19 testing is free of charge. 

    Call your GP or 0800 VIRUS19 or (0800 847 8719) to get tested.  If you don't have a GP, or your GP does not offer COVID-19 tests, you can attend a ''designated practice'' for your test.  

    0800 VIRUS 19 Call Centre hours:

    9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday

    9.00am to 12.00pm, Weekends 

    Fee comment

    FEES FOR ENROLLED NZ ELIGIBLE PATIENTS

    The fees listed have been approved by the Southern District Health Board as being within DHB/MoH specified limits. They apply for a standard 15 minute consultation with a doctor. Longer consultations may be requested, and are charged a higher rate. Other fees charged for longer consultations, nurse consultations and additional procedures or tests available on request.

    Eligible Patients Standard Consult ACC
    Under 14 years Free Free
    14 - 17 years $25 $20
    18 years and older $51 $45
    New Patient First Appointment $55  

    FEES FOR NON-ELIGIBLE PATIENTS

    Non-eligible patients are those who are not eligible to enrol with Wellsouth Primary Health Network or not eligible for government subsidised health care.

    18 years and over  NZ Resident
    with Community Services Card
    $80
    $64
    6-17 years old NZ Resident
    with Community Service Card
    Non NZ-resident
    $35
    $30
    $55
    Under 6 years old NZ Resident
    Non NZ Resident
    $15
    $55

    IMMUNISATIONS

    Prices vary depending on our suppliers. You will be advised of the cost for each vaccine at the time of your appointment. Our cost includes the nursing administration charge. We charge an additional fee ($45) if vaccines are required at short notice. Generally non-schedule vaccines need to be ordered at least one week before they are administered.

    NON-ATTENDANCE

    Please note that we reserve the right to charge a fee of $20.00 if you book an appointment but do not attend it.