HEALTH ADVICE & SERVICES

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If your condition is serious or life-threatening, phone 111 for an ambulance immediately.

If you or your whanau are feeling unwell, we recommend that you contact your GP. If you’re not currently enrolled with a medical centre, you can search for one below.

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HELPFUL HEALTH LINKS

The following links can help you with health information and services. Please note that these websites provide general guidance only and we cannot verify their accuracy. You should speak to your GP before following health advice from the internet.

WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY PRIMARY HEALTH ORGANISATION SERVICES

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WBOP PHO HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES

Our Health and Wellness Services centre offers a wide range of services to support general practices to care for their patients. These services are delivered at no cost or subsidised.

They include:

  • Cervical and breast screening
  • COPD
  • Diabetes nurse education
  • Community clinics
  • Self-managing groups
  • Dietitians
  • Mauri Ora
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • Insulin services
  • Nurse practitioners

You can visit Health and Wellness Services at 154 First Ave West, Tauranga, or phone 07 571 2100.

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CERVICAL AND BREAST SCREENING

If you’re a woman, then it’s very important that you get regular cervical smears and breast cancer screening checks.

Cervical screening services are free at your medical practice for Maori women between the ages of 20 and 69.

Breast cancer screening services are free for all women aged 45 to 69. BreastScreen Aotearoa is NZ’s free national breast screening programme and offers a free mammogram every 2 years.

Find out more by contacting your medical practice or our Health and Wellness Services on 07 571 2100.

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CAREPLUS

This programme aims to support and coordinate care to help people with high health needs. 

It is available for people who are enrolled with a general practice where a doctor or nurse thinks they will benefit from regular visits to talk about their health.

To enrol, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • 2 or more chronic conditions
  • a terminal illness
  • 2 or more acute admissions to hospital for a health problem in the last 12 months (not including surgery)
  • visited your doctor, the after-hours clinic or emergency department 6 times or more in the past 6 months
  • your condition is being monitored for eligibility for surgery

CarePlus lowers the cost of some of your visits to your doctor or nurse.

If you think you are eligible for this, ask at your general practice.

*Places in the CarePlus programme are limited.

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IMMUNISATION

Immunisation helps you and your whanau to avoid getting sick. It usually involves getting a simple injection.

It can help prevent serious diseases including some that are deadly. We strongly urge you to take advantage of immunisation services for you and your whanau. This calendar shows when you should consider immunisation.

Contact your general practice or phone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) for more information.

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QUIT SMOKING

We can help guide you on your journey towards quitting.

Your general practice can enrol you in a free WBOP PHO Smoking Cessation Programme to support and partner with you on your quit smoking journey.

To find out more contact your general practice.

Another stop smoking support service available Bay of Plenty wide is Hāpainga, who can work with you to create a quit plan, with free support and free nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.

To find out more about the Hāpainga service, phone 0800 427 246 or click the button below.

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As well as the WBOP PHO Smoking Cessation Programme the PHO offers the Ūkaipō smoking cessation programme.

Ūkaipō is a free, marae-based, four-day wānanga supporting hapū māmā towards a smokefree future while learning how to weave wahakura from local weavers.

To sign up for the next wānanga contact Health Promotion Coordinator Tiana Bennett (07) 577 3190.

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DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT COURSES

Diabetes self-management courses are free of charge and available morning, afternoon or evening in different localities, including local marae.

The main facilitators are NZ-registered dieticians, but additional support is provided by practising diabetes nurse specialists and clinical pharmacists.

Hundreds of people with diabetes complete these courses each year and the feedback from patients is excellent.

For more information, contact your family doctor or our Health and Wellness Services at 154 First Ave West in Tauranga (07 571 2100).

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GENERAL PRIMARY HEALTH RESOURCES

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HEALTH NAVIGATOR

Health Navigator is a website run by New Zealand health professionals that provides information on a wide range of health topics.

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HEALTHPOINT

For a comprehensive list of other health care services in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, visit the Healthpoint website.

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BAY OF PLENTY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) is our primary partner for ensuring that funding is available for primary health care initiatives in our region.