Family Health Care

Sick Child?

Colds and fever are a normal part of childhood. Sometimes families worry about missing a more serious illness. Knowing your child and seeing a change in their behaviour could be the most important clue to how sick they are.

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Health Navigator

Easy-to-read information on a wide range of health conditions including how to recognise symptoms and tips for prevention, self-care and treatment.

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Immunisations are one of the most important service we provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many high morbidity and mortality diseases.   Babies and children with parental consent, are routinely immunised against pneumococcal diseases, tetanus,  diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B, which are combined in one injection. Also

COVID 19 – Novel Coronavirus

If you are worried about symptoms or exposure, remember ‘Stay at Home and Use the Phone’. View all the latest up to date information and advice from the Ministry’s website.

Plan your next healthcare visit

Planning for your next health care visit and asking questions will help you understand more about your health and treatment for an illness or injury. Your doctor, nurse and others included in your health care want you to ask questions to help you make decisions together. Let’s P.L.A.N. for better care Prepare for your visit

Influenza Vaccinations

Who should be immunised? Influenza continues to be a major threat to public health worldwide because of its ability to spread rapidly through populations. Anyone over 6 months of age can be immunised against influenza. The vaccine is fully funded by PHARMAC for certain groups of people who are considered to be at higher risk of severe outcomes. Who

Well Child Checks

Babies are checked periodically during their first year of life by the GP at the parents’ request. The midwife will check the initial days up until about 4-6 weeks after child birth to make sure things are going well, after which the Plunket nurse will take over the care for the preschool years. The Plunket

Men’s Health Check

Mens Health check-ups are a comprehensive well persons check – specifically designed to help prevent or early detect any detrimental health issues in the future. Talk to us today..


What is a DEXA scan and what does it measure? DEXA stands for ‘dual energy X-ray absorptiometry’. It is a test that measures the density of bones. Density means how much of something there is in a certain amount of space. The denser the tissue, the less X-rays pass through. Air and water are less dense than solid


Who should have a mammogram?   You can have a free screening mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Aotearoa if you meet the following requirements: •  you are aged 45 to 69 years of age •  you have no symptoms of breast cancer •  you have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months

Cervical Smears

Why should you have cervical smear tests? Research indicates that all sexually active females between the ages of 25 and 70 should have a cervical smear test. A year after the first smear women should have another and thereafter every three years. This test detects abnormal cells which, if left untreated, could become cervical cancer. Very often these

Dr John Drake is retiring after a 45 year career in medicine

Original article posted by Janine Rankin - Jun 30 2020 on Forecasts that Palmerston North's GPs are retiring are coming true. New Zealand's GP workforce is ageing, with not enough new recruits coming on, and in Palmerston North the situation is as bad as anywhere. The MidCentral Health district has about 52.4 GPs for every