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Aurora Health Centre

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    Aurora Health Centre strives to provide accessible, quality healthcare in partnership with our patients. We provide a comprehensive range of services in a professional caring manner to all.

     

    Staff
    Our team is made up of 11 GPs (see details below under “General Practitioners”) and:

    Practice Manager: Sharon Smith

    Nursing Staff: Karyn Grellett, Sue Hewitt, Dianje Strang,Stacey Ellis and Pip Henry

    Receptionist:  Karen, Gill, Debbie, Emma and Lynette

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    • Eligible GP enrolled patients only
    • Make an appointment

    Please note that we are booking for vaccinations on Saturday ONLY from 9.00am to 12.30pm, please call our practice for an appointment.

    Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines

    The majority of routine vaccinations can now be administered before, after, or at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccinations. The exception to this is the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine where a 7-day gap before or after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 is advised. If you have any questions, please discuss with your health provider.

     

    Practitioners

    • Dr Ingrid Crawford

      Dr Ingrid Crawford

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Janice Jensen

      Dr Janice Jensen

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Susan Johns

      Dr Susan Johns

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Lisa Kaan

      Dr Lisa Kaan

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Jill McIlraith

      Dr Jill McIlraith

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Aimee Rondel

      Dr Aimee Rondel

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Liz Williams

      Dr Liz Williams

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Ahmad Abdul-Rahman

      General Practitioner
    • Dr Sartika Broto Suharjo

      General Practitioner
    • Dr Conal Boland-Bristow

      General Practitioner
    • Dr Martin Handley

      General Practitioner
    Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)
    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.

    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.

    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.

    IUCD Insertion

    An Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) is inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. Depending on the type of device, it will need to be changed after between three and five years.  
    One particular brand of IUCD is often used to reduce heavy bleeding during periods. 

    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

    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. 

    Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health Checks – Birth to Three Years

    All New Zealand children are entitled to 11 free health checks from birth to three years. The checks aim to ensure that children are growing and developing as well as possible. Included in the checks are clinical assessment, health education and family/whanau support.

    Baby checks are at birth and then at 24 hours, five days and around 2-4 weeks. Babies are weighed and measured to ensure that they are developing correctly. These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed; difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep for example. They can also be used to discuss immunisations and vaccinations. These checks will be carried out by your lead maternity carer (LMC).

    Between the ages of 4-6 weeks and three years, there are seven core health checks available, typically these are around 4-6 weeks, 8-10 weeks, 3-4 months, 5-7 months, 9-12 months, 15-18 months and 2-3 years. These checks may be carried out by a Well Child Provider of your choice e.g. Plunket, Maori health provider, community nurse, a general practice team (doctor and practice nurse). Your LMC will be able to give you a list of Well Child Providers in your area.

    More information about Well Child services is available on the Ministry of Health website.
     

    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.

    Patient Portal

    A patient portal is a secure online tool provided by GP practices that can allow convenient access to your health information as well as interaction with the practice e.g. booking appointments and requesting repeat prescriptions.

    Covid-19 testing

    This practice provides COVID-19 testing to enrolled patients. Please call the practice for more information.

    People in Otago or Southland seeking a COVID-19 test should call  0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) or their local GP for advice. 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 and whanau safe.  Regardless of where you are tested, COVID-19 testing is free of charge

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

    Call

    0800 VIRUS19 Call Centre.  The call centre hours are as follows;

    9.00am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

    9.00am to 12.00pm, Weekends

    Fee comment

    Consultation times are 15 minutes. If more time is needed, e.g. for drivers licence medical examination or insurance, extra is charged as below:

    ACC surcharge  $31
    Full medical or 2nd opinion (double appointment) $105
    Divers licence - vocational $100
    Repeat prescriptions, letters & forms (collected or fax) $16
    Minor surgery costs $210-$250 (depending on time and material used)

    Fee line

    Under 14 years
    Free
    14-17 years
    $28
    18-24 years
    $40
    25-44 years
    $40
    45-64 years
    $40
    65+ years
    $40