Frequently asked questions
10. Does my GP run on time?
We do our best to keep to appointment times but we place priority on giving each patient the attention required for their presenting problem. It is often difficult to anticipate how long this will take. Occasionally, the doctors have to look after someone urgently or liaise with the hospital before they can see you
9. How do I find out about test results or reports?
We encourage you to look up your results on ManageMyHealth. We may organise another appointment to discuss these. We do not usually contact you for normal results.
8. Do the doctors do house calls?
We believe we can provide safer and better care when patients come into the Medical Centre. However, we will organise a house call if there appears no other option. This will usually need to be arranged via the practice nurse.
7. Why is there a charge for a repeat prescription?
Producing a repeat prescription involves time by the receptionist, nurse and your doctor.
6. Why do I have to see the doctor for repeat prescriptions?
Repeat prescriptions may be available without having to make an appointment but is at the discretion of your GP. We will usually ask you to make an appointment if you were not seen for your last prescription, if the medication was changed at your last visit, or for such drugs as antidepressants or antibiotics.
5. What happens if I need help after hours?
Please Click Here to view options for After Hours service.
4. Can I bring other people with me when I see the GP?
Yes, if you feel you will be more comfortable having someone with you, please feel free to do so.
3. How much does it cost to see the doctor? Are there any other charges?
Click here to see our standard fees for 15 min appointments. Additional fees and charges may apply for procedures, prescriptions etc.
2. How Can I join the Practice?
Enrolment is where you choose to make us your regular doctor and means you can get subsidised consultation fees. You will need to complete an enrolment form and our receptionists are always happy to help you with this. Please call them on 09 320 4759 or come in and see us. Not everyone is eligible to enrol. The Ministry of Health website has a guide to eligibility criteria (www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility).
11. Can you tell me if my doctor is running late?
We are happy for patients to phone prior to an appointment although the receptionists cannot always predict a delay or if the doctor will catch up, for example due to a late cancellation. Our receptionist is trained to keep patients in the waiting room fully informed of potential delays.
12. Will the doctor talk to anyone about my health matters?
We will not release any of your health information without your permission. We can receive information ,e.g. from family members, but cannot give information out.
14. Do you provide maternity services?
We can provide free care for the first 13 weeks but after this you will need to contact a midwife. We can help you do this.
Covid 19 _Teleconsult Activated
You now have safe and secure access to your GP and nurse for continuity of care.
Simply ring reception on 09 320 4759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will assist you with booking in a Teleconsult appointment which will be done from the comfort and safety of your home, car or workplace.
With our new Teleconsults in place we can remotely review and assess patients request for repeat prescriptions, medical certs (WINZ & ACC18’s) etc. Standard fee for GP/ACC consults apply.
Covid 19_ FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Why are GPs shutting in a crisis?
They’re not – patients requiring in person GP appointments will still get them, but non-urgent, routine appointments will be done via other means if possible. GPs are working differently to try and reduce the spread of COVID, which means conducting non-urgent appointments via teleconsults.
Why can’t I see my doctor?
You can still see your doctor – just in a different way. From Monday, 23 March, GPs are moving to virtual consolations for non-urgent appointments so that we can reduce the number of people in clinics, which helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Will I still have to pay for my appointment?
Your appointment will be treated the same as if you were in the clinic so normal charges will apply. Chat to your usual GP clinic if you’re not sure about costs.
For remote consults during Cvid 19 we do require for patients to complete prepayment before the remote consults can be completed. A copy of the tax invoice will be emailed to the patient for payment. If payment is not sighted on time we reserve the right to release the appointed time to the next patient.
Can I casually email or call my GP anytime?
No, you’ll need to make an appointment just like normal.
How will I get a prescription?
If you need medicine prescribed, then your GP will tell you that during your appointment and can send your prescription straight to the pharmacy that best suits you. You can let them know during the appointment where that is.
Why have these changes been made?
These changes were made in response to COVID-19 and the need to help reduce its spread.
Who told GPs to make these changes?
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners who work closely with the Ministry Of Health. The decision is made on emerging information from overseas and is supported by the Ministry of Health.
Are all GP practices doing this now or just some of them?
All GPs have been asked to move to this way of working from Monday, 23 March. It will take time for some practices to make this available but we are encouraging GPs to start this as soon as they can.
What should I do if I’ve already booked an appointment this week?
Your practice may call you. Otherwise give your GP practice a call and check in to see whether they still want you to come in or whether your appointment will now be by phone, email, or video.
How do I know if the person talking to me is really a doctor?
They will identify themselves when they call you. If you’re unsure still you can check on the Medical Council of New Zealand website.
Can I still get my flu jab?
Yes you can – call your GP clinic as normal and they’ll let you know how this will happen. For example, you might need to stay in your car and have the flu jab there, the practice may use a different area of the practice or a local building if available.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
Your first call should be to the Healthline COVID-19 number on 0800 358 5453. Do not visit your GP unannounced – you need to alert them first and they will tell you what to do.
How will my doctor take my blood pressure?
Your GP clinic will talk to you over the phone about how this will work. Visits in person will still be required for some health issues and these will be arranged for you.
I’m over 70 and am not allowed to leave home – how can I see my GP?
Call them first and then if they need to see you at the clinic, come in. GPs care deeply about looking after your health and have the most up to date information from the Ministry of Health. Your GP will make sure you are safe when you visit them.
Can I just turn up at my local medical centre to get seen?
No. You need to call first so that the clinic can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe and healthy.
Will I have to undress for my doctor on camera?
Your doctor will advise what you need to do in your appointment. Your appointment will be a private consultation between you and your GP – just as you would expect if you were in the clinic. In some cases, you may still need to come in and your GP will advise you about how that will work.
Will my consultation be recorded?
Your GP will take notes for your patient file, which is what they would also do if you saw them in person. They won’t be recording any video sessions.
How will I talk to my GP if I don’t have video calling set up?
You don’t need a video set up. You can talk by phone or chat via email – when you call to make an appointment your local clinic will help you work out what suits you best.
Courtesy of - The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.