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    Servants Health Centre is Dunedin’s only free healthcare clinic. We are a Christian-based, non-profit organisation that operates through the voluntary services of doctors, nurses and counsellors. We are inspired by our faith to provide quality healthcare with love and compassion.

    All services are FREE. We don't want a lack of money to stop anyone from getting basic healthcare. We offer our services to anyone regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.

    We provide additional services through our AlongSider Advocates who connect patients with social services and other ancillary health providers (dentist, optometrist, etc.) AlongSiders work with patients to access WINZ and other services that will address social determinants of health.

    Staff
    Practice Manager: Beth Stitely

    GP Lead: Dr Phil White

    Nurse Manager: Sandy Gorman

    Admin Manager: Debbie Gilder

     

    Practitioners

    • Dr Adrian Hindes

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Susan Macaulay

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Daniel Pettigrew

      Dr Daniel Pettigrew

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Peter Ripley

      Dr Peter Ripley

      General Practitioner
    • Dr Tim Stokes

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Phil White

      Dr Phil White

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    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.

    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.

    Covid-19 testing

    This practice provides COVID-19 testing to enrolled patients. Please call the practice 03 477 7040 for more information.

    Community Testing Centre: People in the Southern district with cold and flu symptoms who are seeking a COVID-19 test can also call 0 800 VIRUS (0 800 847 8719). Testing is free.

    Fee line

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