Updates

Dr Natasha Ramathas on Maternity Leave

Dr Natasha Ramathas will be going on Maternity leave from the 4th November 2021 till late 2022. While she is away her patients are welcome to see Dr Jane Booth, Dr Paul Rushe or Dr Susan Bibby.


Level 4 – Covid-19 Update

August 2021

As of 11;59pm Tuesday 17th August the Wellington region will enter into a 3 day lockdown. .

Consultations will mainly be done over the phone over the next 3 days, if you need to be seen face to face please call the medical centre first. Our front door will be locked and everyone will be asked to wear a mask. If you do come into the building please keep 2m apart from each other, wash and dry your hands and sneeze and cough into elbows. If you have cold and flu symptoms, please stay home and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on being tested. 

You may be offered a COVID-19 test. Please say Yes To The Test, the test is free. Continue to keep track of where you have been by using the NZ Tracer app.

We request that you only call the medical centre if you have a need we can assist you with directly. We are experiencing large numbers of phone calls so please be patient if you are calling us. 

All prescriptions can be sent directly to your pharmacy so make sure you let us know who your pharmacy is when ordering.

If you are leaving an order on our script line remember to include who your pharmacy is so we can send the script directly there for you pick up.

This is a great time to join Manage My Health so you can order scripts and see your results online.

At level 4 – How you can help us keep everyone safe

You can also help us with this by:

• Avoiding unnecessary trips to the medical centre

• Calling us before you come in

• Answering our screening questions as you enter the building; we are actively not letting people into the medical centre without screening for COVID symptoms, please be kind to the staff doing this screening, it is to keep us all safe

• Arriving for your appointment at the time arranged; this helps us keep the number of people in the waiting room to a minimum, with social distancing recommended by the Ministry of Health

• Not queuing outside the medical centre, respect the 2 metre rule to keep us all safe.


COVID Vaccination Update: August 2021

Newtown Medical Centre is offering COVID vaccinations to our Group 3 and Group 4 populations, aged 16 and older. Our COVID Clinic’s run on Wednesdays all day. Please ring us on 04 389 9955 or visit reception to book in your appointment. Please note there is no cost for the vaccine.

Getting your second dose

For the best protection, it’s important to get 2 doses of the vaccine. The standard gap between doses is now 6 weeks or more.

Early findings from a small number of well-designed studies show that an extended gap between doses of the Pfizer vaccine gives at least an equally robust immune response.

There will be some exceptions. For example, if you are on a specific clinical treatment plan or are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, you may be advised to have a shorter gap between doses.

The minimum gap between doses will continue to be 21 days.

If you have already booked and the gap between your appointments is less than 6 weeks, you can keep the second appointment or choose to change it. The important thing is to get 2 doses of the vaccine to be fully vaccinated.


Fee changes July 2021

Kia Ora patients and whanau. From Monday 12th July 2021 there will be some fee changes in a number of areas, including consultations, prescriptions, referrals and other forms completed by the GP or Nurse Practitioner.

Please see below for all of the changes:

Doctor or Nurse Practitioner Consultations
Age 25 – 44 (No CSC)      $50.50
Age 45 – 64 (No CSC)       $51.00
  
ACC Consultation 1st and Follow Up 
Age 14 – 17  (No CSC)$20.00
Age 18 +       (No CSC)$35.50
 
Driving Medical
Age 75 +  with CSC$40.00
 
Standard 48-Hour/2 Day Turn-around
Prescriptions (No CSC)    
$22.00
Private Referral Fee $15.00
Off Work Certificate$15.00
Forms Completed Over The Counter/Emailed$20.00
Please note CSC stands for Community Services Card.

Staff Update

Dr Julie Hardy will be leaving Newtown Medical Centre in early June. Dr Nina Sawicki will be going on a sabbatical at the end of May returning in September 2021.

Patients who are registered under Dr Julie Hardy can either be registered under Dr Jane Booth, Dr Susan Bibby, or Leah Gordon (Nurse Practitioner).

Kind Regards

Newtown Medical Centre Team.


Health Care Home Newsletter


Anzac Weekend

Newtown Medical Centre will be closed Monday 26th April 2021. We will re-open on Tuesday 27th April 2021 at 7:45am.


Flu Vaccination

14 April 2021

Great news, we are starting our 2021 flu immunisations on Wednesday 14 April. We are only being supplied vaccines for people who are 65 or older and these immunisations are all fully funded. These vaccines are specifically manufactured to support those who are 65 or older.

There will be three different vaccines this year:

  • FLUAD® QUAD – for adults 65 years or older
  • AFLURIA® QUAD – for children and adults aged 3–64 years.
  • AFLURIA® QUAD JUNIOR – for children aged under 3 years, i.e., 6–35 months.

We do not yet have a confirmed date for any other funded or unfunded vaccines, other than they are expected at some point in May. The availability of these vaccines is centrally managed across the whole country so we will provide an update as soon as we know more.

Thank you
Newtown Medical Centre Team


Easter Weekend

29 March 2021

Newtown Medical Centre will be closed on Friday 2nd April & Monday 5th April. We will re-open on Tuesday 6th April.

Thank you
Newtown Medical Centre Team.


What’s new at Newtown Medical Centre

15 March 2021

Leah Gordon is now qualified and registered as a Nurse Practitioner. You can make appointments with her as you would with a doctor.

We also have a Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) working here Monday to Thursday.  A HIP is a free service available for any person of any age who would like support with

  • Managing stress
  • Overcoming hurdles in daily life
  • Making healthy lifestyle changes
  • Learning strategies to improve your wellbeing.

    Please talk to one of our staff if you would like to make time to see her.

From Monday 15 March there will be a price increase for some of our services. This will include consultation and prescription costs for Otago Medical Students and patients who are eligible for Long Term Condition funding and an increase in the cost of cervical screening.

Also, our Nurse Advice phone consultations will now incur a fee.

Thank you for your ongoing support.
Nga mihi nui.