Updates from the Practice Team

Men's Health

Jun 28 2015

Men's Health Week (8 - 16 June 2015) is over for another year, but it's still worth thinking about your health year round.  Men's Health Week was about encouraging men to be proactive about their health.  Taking preventative action can reduce the danger of major health risks like testicular cancer, heart disease, strokes and depression.

Our doctors recommend regular Well Man checks.  These include prostate and testicular checks, a skin check and a general discussion about your health status.   We usually arrange in advance for you to have some routine laboratory tests if they're due, and you can then discuss these with your doctor at your Well Man check appointment.

Please ring our receptionists to book your appointment.  (A normal consultation fee applies).

New Zealand Immigration Medicals

May 20 2015

Please note that from the end of May 2015, we will no longer be providing NZ Immigration Medicals.

Go to www.immigration.govt.nz and click on Onshore Panel Physician Network to find a list of providers.  (Please note that The Terrace Medical Clinic is listed: this is not us.  Although located along the corridor from one another, we are completely separate entities).

Changes to the Shared Care Record

Mar 26 2015

Since 7 April 2014, a summary of your health records has been immediately available to hospital clinicians and afterhours GPs, as the electronic Shared Care Record was launched in Wellington, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast.

From 20 April 2015, there will be some changes to the Shared Care Record.  In brief, this means:

  •  GPs will be able to access the Shared Care Record for casual patients seen in their practices.
  •  GP access to the Shared Care Record will be extended to include the Hutt Valley region.

The Shared Care Record lets authorised health care providers, such as after hours GPs and hospital doctors, access a summary of information from your GP.

Information such as your test results, medical conditions, allergies and prescribed medications will be shared. The information will be available at any time, even if our medical practice is closed.

The information is stored securely in New Zealand and all access to the information is recorded and routinely audited.

You can choose to withhold some or all of your information. However, if you choose to withhold your information, health professionals involved in your care, for example in an emergency or after hours situation, may not immediately have information available and this could delay appropriate treatment and mean additional tests are needed.

If you don’t wish other health providers to have access to your Shared Care Record, you can opt-out by calling us on 0800 727 664, telling your GP, or sending a letter to the freepost address below:

Freepost Authority Shared Care Record
Compass Health
PO Box 27380
Marion Square
Wellington 6141 (No stamp required)

For more information on the Shared Care Record Project, click here.

Long Term Conditions

Feb 18 2015

In October 2014 Care Plus ended and was replaced by our Long Term Conditions programme (LTC). Our Primary Health Organisation provides funding for our Long Term Conditions programme, to enable us to work together with those who are living with one or more long term health conditions.

Our LTC:

  • Is designed to be flexible - unlike Care Plus, it's not based on having appointments every three months.
  • Provides one free appointment per year with your GP and practice nurse - to focus on managing your long term conditions.
  • Allows for some additional free appointments - according to your individual needs. Your GP will discuss your LTC schedule with you.
  • Please note: repeat prescriptions are not funded under our LTC - so when requested between appointments, our usual prescription charges apply.

If you want to know more about LTC, please talk to your GP at your next visit.

Text messages

Feb 10 2015

From February 2015 we can send you a text to remind you about, for example, immunisations and regular examinations, or to let you know that your test results are back. We'll also remind you about your appointment time by text.

If you'd prefer not to receive text messages, please let us know, and we'll continue to contact you by phone or mail rather than by text.

Whichever contact method you prefer, we always appreciate your keeping us up to date with your current contact details.

Minor surgery information

Jan 30 2015

Our doctors provide minor surgery for mole removals, correction of ingrown toenails and removal of cysts and other small growths. You'll need a 15 minute appointment first so that an assessment can be made whether minor surgery here is appropriate or if referral to a specialist is required. At this first appointment, your GP will be able to give you a quote for the likely costs of surgery and will advise you about the procedure and potential risks. You can then arrange an appointment; please let our receptionists know that it’s for minor surgery so that they can allow 30 minutes of time.

Minor surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and should not be unduly painful. You can take paracetamol afterwards for any pain once the anaesthetic has worn off (after about an hour). If you're having a procedure involving your feet it’s a good idea to bring open sandals to wear home over the dressings. We'll book follow up appointments for you with our nurses for any changes of dressing and for removal of stitches (usually seven to ten days after surgery, as advised by your doctor).

In most cases, specimens are sent to the laboratory for analysis, and results are usually available after about a week. We'll contact you about important results and those requiring follow up. Results are often available by the time you come in for removal of stitches, and our nurse or your GP can discuss them with you then.  If you haven’t heard from us after two weeks and want to know your results you can ring to request them.

Our home page photograph

Jan 28 2015

In case you're wondering, our home page photo is a detail of the beautiful panels which once graced the front facade of 44 The Terrace,  from 1987 until their removal in July 2016.

When they were installed under the Wellington City Council (WCC) art bonus scheme, the 402 panels of coloured and leaded glass comprised the largest single public space glass art work in the southern hemisphere, measuring 55 metres by 5 metres.

Called Northern Lights, the panels were designed by Philip Trusttum (b. 1940), and made by Suzanne Johnson and Ben Hanly of The Glassworks in Auckland.  "Said to be inspired by an Indian necklace, the work bears Trusttum's trademark bright palette and forms that hover between abstract and naturalistic".  Sutton, Frances Art and About: A Pocket Guide to Wellington's Public Art, Steele Roberts Ltd, 2008  pp 80-81

We're hopeful that the WCC will be able to find a new location for the panels, which have been carefully stored in the meantime.


Rocky has had a total hip replacement

Jan 28 2015

For over thirty years, our young patients have enjoyed riding our rocking horse in the waiting room.  Thanks to Ann's husband Bill, Rocky has now had a complete hip replacement (as well as a face lift and body resurfacing) and is back in service.  He remains as popular as ever, as you can see from this photo of Rocky with Laura's son. Rocky.JPG

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