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

Dr Drake continues to attend to the needs of the two rest homes  currently. 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


Immunisations are one of the most important service we provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including, most recently, meningococcal B meningitis.   Babies are routinely immunised for tetanus, polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B, which are now combined in one injection. Immunisation for measles, mumps

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 to ensure that they are developing correctly. The first appointment with us is usually at six weeks. The midwife will check the initial days after child birth for issues after which the plunket nurse will take over the care. Babies are weighed and measured to

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


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