Updates from the Practice Team

Repeat prescriptions for the holiday period

Dec 19 2018

Please ensure you pick up your scripts before we close for Christmas 5pm this Friday 21st. If you can't make it in on time please call and make an arrangement to collect it from one of our local pharmacies. We are open again Thursday 27 December 8am. If you have ordered a prescription before close on Friday 21 December and not collected it please ask at the pharmacy next door as they may have your script there. Note: You can take the script to your usual pharmacy for filling.


Summer newsletter - GP update, holiday season opening hours

Dec 13 2018

Click here for our Summer newsletter summer newsletter for PMC December 2018.pdf

OPENING HOURS ; Christmas / New Year hours:

Friday  21 December close 5pm

Closed: Sat , Sun, Mon, Tues and Wed. Note closure Christmas Eve

Open:  8am-5pm Thurs 27 —Fri 28 December

Closed:  Sat 29   & Sun  30 December

Open:  Mon 31 December  8am-5pm

Closed:  Tues 1 & Wed 2  December

Open:  normal hours from Thurs  3 January 2018


When closed contact : Healthline Tel: 0800 611 116 Or visit After Hours Medical Centre, 17 Adelaide Road, Newtown. ( no appointment necessary)


Staff News : As many patients will know , Dr McCoy has now retired. In May Dr Nicki Pointing left as she and her husband moved to Kapiti.

We are excited to announce that we have recruited Dr Tricia Briscoe a very experienced GP moving down from Rotorua. She will start on Thursday 10 January and will be available to many of Dr McCoy's patients. She will be working Wednesday to Friday.

Some patients will have met Dr Eli Botella Ruiz who is in the process of transitioning to Wellington from Christchurch .  She is working Monday and Tuesdays until 11 February when she will work Monday to Thursday. She will be available for some of Dr McCoy's patients who have already seen her and Dr Pointing's patients.

As we have worked through the recruitment process, we thank everyone for their patience and apologise for the uncertainty this has caused over the last few months.



Fee changes from 1 December 2018

Dec 01 2018

Please see the attached document which gives an update of our annual fee increases. This coincides with the 2 new initiatives by the Government and Ministry of Health also detailed in the attached document;

1. People who are enrolled with us and with a Community Services Card 18yrs and over will pay $18.50 for a standard consult and their dependants aged between 14 and 17 years who are enrolled with us will pay $12.50 for a standard consult. ACC consults for these 2 groups of people will be reduced to $25. 

2. All children aged 13 yrs and under enrolled with us won't be charged a fee for a standard visit with a doctor or nurse. ( This has increased to include 13 yr olds).

Fees for extended consultations , procedures and extra services such as certificates and equipment are still charged for at the usual rates. Repeat prescription charges have not changed. 

Click here for our updated fees and further information about Community Service Cards :  Fees and CSC card update 1 December 2018.pdf


Labour weekend closed Saturday 20 October 2018 and Monday 22 October 2018

Oct 18 2018

We open again Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 8am.

For Emergencies dial 111 or go to A&E at Wellington Hospital

Wellington Accident & Urgent Medical Centre will be open

8:00am - 11:00pm everyday - no Appointment necessary -17 Adelaide Rd Mount Cook 

Peninsula Medical Centre is becoming a Health Care Home Practice

Oct 18 2018

Peninsula Medical Centre has always had a patient centred philosophy,  and has strived to provide health care for our patients  which is appropriate, evidence based and as conveniently as we are able.  In becoming a health care home we are acknowledging that the way we provide health care needs to change in order to continue to provide quality health care in a sustainable way.  

 What is a Health Care Home?

The Health Care Home is a model of care centred on a patient’s individual needs. The model enables patients to access same day appointments according to needs, and allows for further development of ways to access your GP through the patient portal ( Manage My health) . The model involves multi-disciplinary teams which can include not only the general practice team, but hospital specialists and community nursing teams to support patients to maximise their own health.  A key component of this “integrated” health team is that it enables DHBs and Primary Care to work in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and the wider community.  The model results in a more comprehensive and cohesive system of health care that is: proactive, responsive and effective, with members of the general practice team being supported  to provide the best possible care enabling  patients to have more control over their healthcare and also to reduce health disparities.

Patients in a Health Care Home can expect:

The Practice to be a nice place to visit. A calm reception area where reception staff can focus completely on patient needs.

Easier access and more choice. Patients can access the Medical Centre online to book appointments, contact their GP or nurse, view lab results and look at their clinical information. This can save patients time and the hassle of a trip to see us in some situations. Patients can also phone, or make an appointment in the usual way and may be able to speak directly to a GP.

Access to care when it is urgently needed. If you phone a Health Care Home practice, you will be able to get an appointment on the same day if it is clinically necessary. At times you will be able to speak directly to a GP about your care before an appointment is made.

More services. Health Care Home Practices are expanding services so that patients can get additional urgent care thereby avoiding unnecessary trips to the Emergency Department for some conditions.

Better management of ongoing health conditions. Many patients who have ongoing health conditions will find that a Health Care Home makes it easier to plan and manage their health care, and enable them to maintain their quality of life. Practices will work with patients to set goals around health and well being, and plan care to achieve those goals.   A Health Care Home is focused on creating a partnership with patients, ensuring that there is appropriate time with a clinician to manage their health conditions.

Better service at hospital or After Hours. With the use of portals the Hospital and After Hours staff will be able to see patients’ health information, allowing them to provide better and more personalised care.

Health Care Home - Doctor Triage Service - this is one of the first changes you will experience.

What is Triage?

•You will notice that if you phone for an appointment for the same day you may be told the call will be triaged.

•This means that a doctor or nurse will phone you back to assess your needs.

•It may be your problem can be solved over the telephone or by a prescription.

•If your problem is urgent, and you need to be seen that day, triage ensures that you will be seen. It might even mean you will be seen quicker.

Why is Peninsula Medical Centre making these changes?

•In becoming a Health Care Home we are trying to become more innovative and patient focussed - providing care based on need and more locally if possible.   •We are aware that the demand for appointments is on the increase and the range of services we wish to offer will need to increase.  We understand that there is therefore a need to create more capacity in General Practice.  We need to be able to offer you different ways of communicating with us other than always needing a face to face consultation.  This may be by telephone, email or eventually over the internet.

We are excited about these changes and we thank you for your patience while we develop this service. For more information http://www.healthcarehome.co.nz/

20th anniversary Friday 29 June 2018

Jun 27 2018

On the 29 June 1998 the doors opened to a brand-new purpose built medical centre in the heart of Miramar. 20 years on Peninsula Medical Centre is celebrating its contribution to the health of the community in Miramar.  2 of our original GPs : Dr Aine McCoy , Dr Rosemary Dodd and Dr Jeffrey Law are still working here 20 years on.  If you are in the area 11am Friday 29th pop in for a piece of celebratory cake! 

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