Disability Information Service

The Disability Information Service, Ratonga Mōhiohio Hauā, is a charitable organisation offering health and disability services, advice and equipment to the people of Otago. They have been serving our community for over 25 years, helping join the dots, source resources and removing barriers to independence. Contact them on weekdays 9:00am to 5:00pm, phone 03 471 6152 or free phone 0800 693 342.

Address: Ground Floor
Dunedin Community House
Corner Moray Place & Great King Street
Dunedin 9016

Website Link: Disability Information Service

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On September 13th, 2017, posted in: news by

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Funding For Laboratory Tests

Many laboratory tests are funded and therefore free to patients, but not all.

To help in avoiding surprises Southern Community Laboratoroes have supplied the information at:

http://www.dnmc.co.nz/services/do-i-have-to-pay-for-my-laboratory-tests/

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On July 4th, 2017, posted in: news by

Navigating services for older people

A free information service for older people funded by the local Health Board is now up and running at: Seniorline

Lots of information to help older people and their families navigate through those very complex decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, home care, day care and rest homes.

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On May 2nd, 2017, posted in: news by

Planning an overseas trip?

Doctor Craig Pelvin at Dunedin North Medical Centre is now an authorised Yellow Fever vaccinator. Be sure to arrange a Travel Consultation appointment with him if your travel plans include any of the countries where Yellow Fever is endemic.

Check out the new information for travellers at: Travel

Take good care of your health to maximise the enjoyment of your trip.

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On March 31st, 2017, posted in: news by

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Flu Vaccine Now Available

The flu vaccine is now available at Dunedin North Medical Centre and for 2017 it will be available right through to the end of the year.

This vaccine is your best protection against the most common forms of the flu.  If you are over 65 years of age, it is free to have this vaccine.

Other people with certain medical conditions may also be eligible for a free vaccine, please check with your doctor or a nurse if you think you may be eligible.

The cost for people who aren’t eligible for funded influenza vaccine is $28.50.

If you would like to have a flu vaccine please book an appointment with the nurse.  You need to allow 20 minutes waiting time after you have had the vaccination so please take this into consideration when booking your appointment.

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On March 9th, 2017, posted in: news by

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Local Food & Drink Retailers Promoting Eating Guidelines

WellSouth, our local PHO, are focused on providing, or procuring the provision of, the right primary health care, at the right place, at the right time for the people of Otago and Southland. It’s common knowledge that eating nutritious food is good for both our physical and mental health, can increase our productivity, and optimise our children’s development.

So WellSouth have extended their attention to food retailing through formation of the WellSouth Everyday Food Retail Network, saying in a media release that “the health sector can encourage the public to eat better, to choose healthier foods, but research shows this approach has minimal impact”. The WellSouth Everyday Food Retail Network is a new approach seeking to improve the food retail environment, strengthening support for healthy everyday food choices.

Nine retailers in three Dunedin neighbourhoods have joined the network and will increase marketing of those foods and beverages we would all be better off eating every day.
For more information visit: http://www.wellsouth.org.nz/wellbeingeverydayfood.php

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On January 31st, 2017, posted in: news by

HPV immunisation free for 9 – 26 year olds from January 1st

HPV (Human papillomavirus) is a common virus that can cause HPV cancers in both males and females. The good news is that there is a vaccine to help protect you and your partner. Better yet,  from 1st January 2017 it’s free for both men and women between 9 to 26 years of age.

HPV is so common that 70 – 80% of us will come in contact with it at some stage of our lives. It is spread by normal sexual skin to skin contact. In most people, the virus is harmless and has no symptoms, so they can transmit it without even knowing.

Free HPV immunisation is the best way to help protect against HPV. The vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (virus fighting antibodies). The vaccine has been clinically tested and shown to be effective in helping prevent HPV related cancers from occurring, and is expected to offer life-long protection.

Like any vaccine, there can be side effects. The most common are injection-site related reactions like soreness, redness, swelling and in some cases mild fever. For the most part these reactions are mild and usually improve or disappear within a few days.

The sooner the better. Get immunised now before you come in contact with any more HPV virus types.
Three injections in the arm over a six-month period is all it takes.
Protect yourself and your partner with the free HPV vaccine.

For more information visit: http://www.hpvvaccine.co.nz/#intro

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On January 17th, 2017, posted in: news, Uncategorized by

Public Holiday Closure Dates

We will be closed on public holidays over the coming Christmas and New Year period. Please keep this in mind when planning regular checkups or prescription renewals to make sure you don’t get caught out.

Apart from our usual weekend closure we will be closed on:

Monday  – 26th December

Tuesday –  27th December

Monday – 2nd January

Tuesday – 3rd January

If you need medical assistance on the days we are closed please phone The Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre on 479 2900. Our phones are automatically diverted to them when we are closed so if you do phone us when we are not here you will reach someone who can help.

In the case of a medical emergency – please phone 111.

For medical advice – please phone Healthline, a FREE 24hr phone advice service on  0800 611 116.

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On December 6th, 2016, posted in: news by

Staff Changes for Dunedin North Medical Centre

Dunedin North Medical Centre announces changes of doctors on staff. After 33 years of dedicated general practice Dr Mark Bevin is reducing his roster. Dr Tim Bolter, who many will know from recent locum work, will take on a permanent role with additional consulting sessions.
For further information:
Letter from Dr Mark Bevin:      http://www.dnmc.co.nz/?page_id=895
Introducing Dr Tim Bolter:      http://www.dnmc.co.nz/?page_id=897

 

 

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On October 20th, 2016, posted in: news by

Shared Knowledge – better, safer care

HealthOne is a new development in the way health information is shared between healthcare providers and it is coming to our region including to Dunedin North Medical Centre. The underlying benefit is better, safer care achieved through better information sharing.

Additional information at: http://www.dnmc.co.nz/?page_id=826

Or visit:  http://www.healthone.org.nz/

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On September 8th, 2016, posted in: news by