Standard doctors appointments and general consultations are scheduled for 15 minutes and can deal with one or two problems. If you think you will need longer, please book a longer appointment, and remember that this will generally incur an extra fee. Please be aware if you have booked a 15 minute appointment we may not be able to deal with all of your issues and oftentimes a follow-up appointment is required.
If you are unable to attend your appointment we ask that you ring and cancel as this enables someone else to take your slot. If visits are booked and not cancelled, or not attended, a cancellation fee will be charged. Likewise if you are late for your appointment, it may not be possible to see you when you finally arrive. This is because the doctor is booked at the later time and already seeing that patient. Sometimes the doctor or nurse may be able to accommodate a late arrival but please do not be offended if they can not. Regrettably you may also be charged for the “missed” appointment.
Medical procedures for minor surgery, IUCD insertion & removal, insurance and immigration medicals and “all over check ups” require at least half hour appointments.
Whilst we make every effort to run to time there are occasions when unexpected emergencies, or a consultation running over time, may cause delays. Naturally we can not predict emergencies, or important health matters causing delays, so please be understanding if the doctor or nurse runs late.
For those people who come in without an appointment, URGENT problems will be dealt with immediately, or you may be offered the first available appointment. This may not necessarily be with the doctor of your choice. If the doctors are fully booked, you may be asked to returned at a later time. Previously booked appointments do take priority, except in urgent situations. Please do not be offended if we ask you to make an appointment at another time for non-urgent matters. Sometimes you will be seen by a medical professional, not necessarily a doctor, as a nurse may triage you first and determine whether you need to see the doctor.
Please note – our new on-line Patient Portal service, Health365 is now available. To contact the Practice on-line please register for Health365 with reception next time you visit. You will then be able to make appointments on-line, order repeat prescriptions, ask a non-urgent question, obtain test results and generally manage your health at your convenience. The Patient Portal service is accessible through http://www.health365.co.nz once you have registered for the service.