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Vercoe Brown And Associates

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    We are an established medical practice in Invercargill, NZ. We are passionate about general practice, & are committed to resolving medical issues when you are sick & working with you to cultivate wellness. We maintain our skills & knowledge to provide you with the best possible care & evidence-based treatments. We have cared for generations of Southlanders, many cultures & ethnicities & treasure the relationship we have with our patients.

    Please give our friendly team a call if you have any questions. Due to full schedules, consultations are by appointment only. We value patient-doctor confidentiality & support your right to choose who you see. We regret we are unable to enrol new patients at this time.

    This practice was founded after the end of WWII in Morton St, Georgetown.  It changed hands several times until Dr John Vercoe took over in 1981.

    The new surgery buildings were opened at 82 Elles Road in 1994.

    Staff
    Our team is made up of 4 GPs (see details below under “General Practitioners”) and:

    Practice Manager: Jan Jenkins / Juliet Brown

    Clinical Assistant: Andrea Winter

    Nursing Staff:  Rhonda Wahren and Rebecca Birch

    Receptionists: Diana Edwards, Bev Rabbidge and Amy Dale

    Practitioners

    • Dr Steve Brown

      Dr Steve Brown

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Jane Chalmers

      Dr Jane Chalmers

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Amy Mullen

      Dr Amy Mullen

      General Practitioner on extended leave
    • Dr Aidan Smith

      Dr Aidan Smith

      General Practitioner
    • Dr Andrew Costello

      Dr Andrew Costello

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Emma MacCallum

      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 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

    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. 

    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. 

    Fee comment

    FEES

    From 12th April 2021(Inclusive of 15% GST)

      Community Card No Card
    Child under 14 years $0.00 $0.00
    14 - 17 years $13.00 $30.00
    18 - 24 years $19.50 $40.00
    Funded Adult over 24 years $19.50 $46.00

    These fees apply to usual ordinary daytime medical consultations for enrolled and funded patients.

    Extras like referral letters, forms, and procedures may cost more.

    ACC "part payment" $46.00
    ACC if Community service cardholders $20.00
       
    Prescriptions phoned $20
    Steroid Injection $40
    IUCD /pipelle  $40 (plus usual consult fee)
    Jadelle insert $70 (plus usual consult fee)
    Smear by Nurse  $32
     House calls  $85+
    Not enrolled, non-funded patients  $90
    Surgical procedures - cost varies (avg) $220


    Where appropriate we do telephone /video consultations. A fee similar to the relevant face to face  consultation fee applies but may vary depending upon time taken.

    Failed doctors’ appointments, without adequate notice incur a fee of $30. Failed nurse’s appointments incur a fee of $20.

    Childhood Immunisations / Weight / BP / Pregnancy Test - no charge. 

    Subsidised care funding does not include consultations related to accidents, Driver’s Licence examinations, Insurance Company reports, sports related medical certificates.

    We do provide publicly funded subsidised maternity care.

    There is a fee ($20) for telephoned prescriptions for children under 14 years.

    We may charge more if travel, extra materials, or extra time is involved.

    Accounts not settled at the end of the month incur a $5 booking fee

    Flu vaccinations are free for pregnant women, those over 65 and those with certain medical conditions - ask staff re eligibility.