Halswellhealth has been providing general practice services to the community of Halswell from Ensign Street for over 40 years. During that time the practice has expanded on three occasions to meet the needs of the growing population. The 2011 earthquake saw growth in the Halswell and surrounding area accelerate. December 2014 saw the culmination of many years of planning with the newly developed Longhurst Health facility in the Longhurst subdivision. The doctors have been joined in this project by the two local pharmacists and dentist.
We offer a personal, caring service. It is important we get to know you and we would like you to get to know us.
Our Doctors and Nurses work together as a team for you. Consultations are by appointment (except in an emergency). Our practice offers 15 minute standard appointments. We have comprehensive General Practice services available.
Our doctors all have special interests including child health, mental health, minor surgery, men's health and women's health. We also oversee the management of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide range of other medical services. We have expanded our team to cater for the growing Halswell population and we are accepting new patients.
We will help you access other health care when it is needed.
We can access Language Line for patients who are experiencing difficulty communicating in English.
You are welcome to bring a support person along with you when you visit us.
If you have any concerns or complaints, or would like to make a compliment, you are welcome to complete our Complaint and Compliment Form. Alternatively you can email our Practice Manager, ring us or arrange a meeting.
MEASLES OUTBREAK IN CANTERBURY
The Ministry of Health have advised that we are ONLY to vaccinate patients in these priority groups:
Priority 1: Children aged 12 months to 13 years who have never been vaccinated
Priority 2: Children and adults aged 14 years to 28 years who have never been vaccinated
Priority 3: Continue with the routine immunisation programme (15 months and 4 years)
Priority 4: Occupational groups who have frequent contact with children such as EEC,primary and secondary school teachers; residential care managers, heatlhcare workers etc., who have never been vaccinated.
Please be aware that we have only enough vaccines for these priority groups.
One dose of MMR protects 95% of people from developing measles. The reason we give a second dose is to capture the 5% who need this second vaccine to develop immunity. The majority of people who have had one dose of MMR in past and people who have had a single measles vaccine have a good level of protection.
Flu vaccinations will not be available until April. We will update our website when they are available.
Community Service Cards (CSC)/ Under 14s Consultations
The Government has proposed funding changes to reduce General Practice fees to enrolled patients that hold a Community Services Card (CSC). This clinic is not currently receiving any funding to support reducing fees for CSC holders.
Halswellhealth will be adopting the extension of fully funded standard consultations to the Under 14 Age group, with effect from Monday 3rd December. For more information please click here.
We will assist our patients with managing their payments so their healthcare is affordable. Full payment is due on the day of each visit, unless you have an automatic payment. Text reminders or letters are sent if money is owed, and we appreciate prompt payment. For patients who have $200 or more owing, we require payment on the day for each service provided so that this amount does not increase. We may ask for payment on arrival for your appointment.