Practice Information

Practice Hours (by appointment):

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5pm
We are open Saturdays fortnightly from 9-11 am for urgent walk in’s only.

Holidays

We are closed on holidays.

Appointments:

Please ring 384 7576 (option 1 for Pihanga Health) for an appointment. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred time. Emergencies will always be given priority and our reception staff will attempt to contact you if there is any unforeseen delay or your GP has been called away. Longer consultation times are available, so please ask our receptionist if you require some extra time. There will be an extra cost for this. If you or a family member requires an interpreter service, we can organise this for you- please let us know when you make the appointment. If you are registered on Manage My Health you can make your appointments online.

Phone Triage:

If you phone our practice seeking a same-day appointment, our GP or nurse team will triage your health need. You will be told if a GP or nurse will phone you back to triage your health need over the phone.

Walk-In Appointments:

If you arrive without an appointment seeking a routine appointment, you may be asked to schedule a routine appointment. We highly recommend booking routine appointments in advance. We can usually accommodate your request. If you arrive with an acute health need, we will triage your health need. If you need to see your assigned GP on the day, we may not be able to accommodate you but will provide you with options available.

After Hours Care Arrangements:

This practice provides after hours care via a triage system. If you think you need to see a doctor after hours, phone the normal practice phone number and your call will be diverted to a triage service where you will be spoken to by a nurse who will assess your need to be seen by a doctor. If she/he thinks you do need to be seen you will be directed to the duty doctor on call in Taupō.

In case of an emergency call 111 for an ambulance or if unsure call Healthline.

Home Visits:

Home visits are available for regular patients whose condition prevents them from attending the surgery. GPs in the practice may be contacted during normal surgery hours. Your call will be put through to a nurse who will assess your need for a home visit. She will discuss this with a doctor. You will be contacted with an approximate time of the visit. Your call will always be put through to the GP or nurse in an emergency.

Test Results:

The doctor may request that you have some clinical investigations done either routinely or to assist in diagnosis. The results usually take up to 5 working days to come in. We do not routinely contact you with all your results but we will always phone you if your results are abnormal or if you need a follow up appointment. If you have not heard from us, you can phone and request your results from one of the nurses. Please phone after 2pm in the afternoon.
If you are registered on Manage My Health you can check your lab results online.

Services Available:

Checkups, family planning, cervical smears, pregnancy tests, vaccinations, minor surgery, liquid nitrogen freezing therapy, asthma and diabetes clinics, chronic care management, ACC consultations, sexual health consultations, mental health consultations, medicals and home visits if appropriate

Missed Appointments:

Please let us know if you are not going to attend your booked appointment. We may charge for missed appointments.

Unpaid accounts:

If you have an outstanding amount at the end of the month a $5.00 account fee will be added. All outstanding accounts will be sent to our debt collection agency if left unpaid. You will incur extra cost if your account is passed onto the debt collection agency. If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please ask at reception.

Prescriptions:

You are able to phone and request a repeat prescription. Please allow 24 hours for your prescription to be ready. They can be collected after 2pm on the day following your request. There is a charge of $11.00 for your repeat prescription.

If the doctor decides you need to be seen the prescription will not be issued without a visit, you will be contacted by one of our nurses to arrange an appointment.

If you are registered on Manage My Health you can request your prescription online.

If requesting a repeat prescription to be faxed out of immediate Taupō region it is a $5.00 additional charge.

Reminder System:

Our practice is committed to preventive care. We may issue you with a recall letter from time to time offering you preventive health services appropriate to your care. If you would like to opt out of receiving recalls, please let us know at reception. You may be asked to sign a decline form.

Management of your Personal Health Information:

Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorised members of staff.

Your Rights:

In providing a quality health service this practice complies with the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. If you feel your rights have been breached please let us know, we welcome any opportunity to improve our standard of service and uncover any problems.

You may add a comment to our suggestion box or make a complaint verbally or in writing, alternatively should you feel unable to do so you may have the support of an independent advocate from the Health and Disability Commissioners office by phoning 0800 11 22 33.

For more information about our complaints process please ask any member of staff.