We are really pleased to welcome Dr Nikesh Parekh General Practitioner from Seaford Medical Practice, Sussex, UK to Newtown Medical Centre. Dr Nikesh Parekh has been a GP and the clinical lead for care homes in the local primary care network. Dr Nikesh Parekh has moved to Wellington with his family and looks forward to enjoying what New Zealand life has to offer.
We are really pleased to welcome Lynne Gledstone-Brown to the team. Lynne qualified as a Nurse Practioner in 2019 and has currently been working in Primary Health care after 10 years working in the Emergency Department at CCDHB. Lynne will be working on a Monday and Thursday.
Do I need a RAT test to go back to work?
If you have already tested positive, you do not need to have another test before you end your isolation period.
After having COVI9-19, the risk of re‑infection is extremely low in the first month and remains low for 3 months following COVID-19.
Test using a RAT (not a PCR) if there are new symptoms of COVID‑19 up to 3 months following COVID-19 infection. PCR tests have a high false positive rate in the months after infection, due to detection of persisting viral fragments. A positive RAT can be taken to indicate re‑infection.
At 3 months after COVID-19 recovery, revert to usual testing practice.
Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering routine appointments after 5pm through Practice Plus, which you can access through our website. Please note you will not see your regular GP through this service. You will not be able to book a routine appointment through Manage My Health over this period. You will still be able to request your repeat prescription through Manage My Health and through our website.
Practice Plus is available weekdays 5pm to 10pm and weekends 8am -8pm. This service can be accessed here.
Our onsite pharmacy remains open.
If you require:
Urgent medical attention please call the medical centre in the morning to be triaged by a doctor or a nurse.
RAT/Covid swabbing Please ring if you have symptoms or are household contact and you need to be tested. This can be arranged.
Childhood Immunisations will continue as usual.
Thank you for your understanding over the next few weekss while we prioritise our workload. Please be kind to the staff during this time.
Newtown Medical Centre Team
Testing Positive for COVID-19
There are important steps you need to take to protect yourself and others if you test positive.
You must stay home for the amount of time you are told to. You can only leave to get medical care or in an emergency. You cannot have visitors.
Tell people you have COVID-19
Tell people you spent time with from 2 days before you started having symptoms or tested positive.
Monitor your symptoms
For most people symptoms of COVID-19 will be mild.
If your symptoms get worse or you need urgent medical care call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
If you or the person you are caring for have severe symptoms call 111 immediately.
Look after yourself
It is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing as well as your physical health. It is okay to feel stressed or anxious.
Help is available
Your whānau, family and friends are important support during this time. But if you need more help, you are not alone. There are services and support for you.