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Cromwell Medical Centre

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    Cromwell Medical Centre is the largest and longest established medical services provider in Cromwell, with highly qualified medical and nursing staff.  We are also a teaching practice for rural doctor undergraduates and trainee nurses.

     

    Staff
    Our staff is made up of five GPs (see details below under General Practitioners) and a team of six registered nurses. We also have a Nurse Practitioner Joanne Dowling Smith working 4 days a week.

     

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    • Anyone currently eligible can access
    • Make an appointment
    • Group 3
    • Māori or Pasifika: age 55 and over
    • Māori or Pasifika: age 12 - 54
    • Group 4: age 30 - 64
    • Group 4: age 40 - 59
    • Group 4: age 50 - 54

    Please use the booking link below or call 0800 28 29 26 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

    If you are getting a flu, MMR or other vaccine, it will affect timing of the COVID-19 vaccination. Please discuss with your health provider.

    Practitioners

    • Dr Anya Beale

      Dr Anya Beale

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Brendon Pauley

      Dr Brendon Pauley

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Emily O'Regan

      General Practitioner
    • Dr Stephanie Das

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Aimi Nishimura

      General Rural GP
    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 Accident Care

    Primary care practices offer a range of services and are able to deal with most minor accident care. If they are not able to deal with an injury they will refer on to the appropriate service.

    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

    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.

    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.

    Vasectomy

    If a man decides he does not want to father children, he may choose to have a vasectomy which is a simple and effective method of sterilisation.
    During this surgical procedure, the vas deferens (the tubes carrying sperm from the testicles to the penis) are cut. A vasectomy can be carried out in a doctor's surgery and takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

    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. 

    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.

    Lab Results

    Sometimes your doctor needs to take a sample of blood or urine either to discover what is wrong with you or to measure something in your blood so that the right medication is given to you. These tests could be anything from blood sugar to a full blood count or a sample of tissue to test for cancer.

    While urine can generally be tested in the surgery, blood and other specimens are usually sent away for testing at a laboratory. Most results come back within 48 hours unless a very rare test is needed which has to go to a specialist lab further away when it might take a little longer.

    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.

    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.
     

    Fee comment

    DOCTOR CONSULTATION - NON ACC  ENROLLED NZ RESIDENT VISITOR OVERSEAS VISITOR
    0 - 5 years (inside SPHO) Free $45 105 
    0 - 5 years (outside SPHO) Free $60 $105
    6 - 13 years Free $60 $105
    14 - 17 years
    - with Community Services Card 14 - 17 years
    $13 week day $75 $105
    18 - 64 years  $48    
    65 years & over
    - with Community Services Card
    $19 week day $90

    $105
    Cromwell Polytechnic full time students      
      - with Community Services Card
    - no Community Services Card

    19.50

    30.00

    $75.00

    $90.00 weekend

     
    DOCTOR CONSULTATION - ACC ENROLLED NZ RESIDENT VISITOR OVERSEAS VISITOR
    ACC Consultation: 0 - 13 years Free Free Free
    ACC Consultation: 14 - 17 years $25 $40 $60
    ACC Consultation: weekend surcharge

    $45 14-17 years

    $50 18 years and over

    $85 14 years and over $150
    ACC Consultation: 18 years and over $35 $35

    $60


    Follow up dressing: $15
    After 6 dressings: Free