Additional Facilities Nearby
Unichem Te Puke Pharmacy
Unichem Te Puke Pharmacy is located within the practice building. They are open
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm Ph 573 5500
Pathlab – Te Puke
Pathlab is located within a short distance from Te Puke Medical Centre.
They are open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm Ph 573 0031
Te Puke Physiotherapy
Te Puke Physiotherapy is located within a short distance from Te Puke Medical Centre.
They are open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm Ph 573 7975
Dr Ian Lord has a special interest in child health and has a Diploma in Child Health supporting this.
All of our nurses are qualified to give immunisations and hold current Vaccinator certificates. Appointments are available Monday – Friday. A user-friendly website is www.immunise.govt.nz or 0800 Immunise. As well as the routine childhood immunisations, the following vaccines are available:
- Varicella vaccine to prevent chickenpox. This vaccine can be given to children from 9 months of age and older.
- Rotavirus vaccine will help prevent the most common cause of severe vomiting and diarrhoea in babies and young children.
- Meningitis C vaccine is currently recommended for young adults living in group situations or hostels such as university students.
- B12 injections
- Shingles vaccines (recommended for patients over 50 yrs)
- Measles Vaccines
- Whooping cough vaccine (recommended for all parents and grandparents expecting a baby in the family)
- Tetanus vaccines (recommended in childhood then at age 45yrs and 65yrs and with some injuries)
- Hepatitis B immunisation
- Pneumococcal vaccine
If you are interested in any of these vaccinations, please ask your doctor or a nurse.
Ear Wax Micro Suction and Ear Health Service
A clinic is held each Thursday
Family & Family Planning
First Trimester Maternity Care
All of the doctors offer 1st Trimester Maternity Care. The patient is then referred to a Lead Maternity Carer (Midwife) for the 2nd and 3rd Trimesters.
Dr Christine Williams performs Mirena insertions. Mirena is a reliable, reversible birth control system. It is a T-shaped intrauterine system (IUS) which, after insertion, releases the hormone levonorgestrel into the womb. It protects you from pregnancy and makes your periods lighter and shorter.
It is as effective as copper intrauterine devices (IUD’s) or oral contraceptives like the pill. For further information visit www.mirena.co.nz
Dr Elaine Pooler performs Jadelle implant birth control.
Jadelle is an effective, reversible contraceptive that protects you for up to five years. Two thin, flexible rods filled with synthetic progesterone are inserted just under the skin of your upper arm.
Jadelle implants release continuously low doses of a synthetic hormone, levonorgestrel. For further information visit
www.medsafe.govt.nz or phone Bayer Schering Pharma
on 0800 233 988
IUD – Insertion and Removal
Dr Christine Williams performs intrauterine device (IUD) insertions and removals.
Heart disease screening/prevention
ECG (heart recording)
Defibrillator on site for cardiac emergencies
Dr Roger Ward has a Diploma in Aviation Medicine (Accredited Medical Examiner).
Driver’s Licence Medicals
Medicals for a driver’s licence require appointments with both a nurse and your usual doctor. Tests will include a Visual Acuity (eyesight testing) and a finger prick to test your blood sugar levels. The nurse usually does these tests before you see the doctor.
The doctor will complete the relevant motor licensing forms, based on your test results.
Scuba Diving Medicals
Medicals for recreational diving can be assessed by all of our doctors. Dr John Almond has a special interest in diving medicine.
Please make a 30 minute appointment with your usual doctor
Annual Health Checks
Prostate examinations and PSA testing
Sexual dysfunction investigation
Minor Surgery and Skin Cancer Surgery
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures. These include
Removal of Moles and Skin Cancers
Toenail – ingrown wedge resection
Abscess – Incision and Drainage
Plastering - Fracture Treatment
We offer a range of services for the treatment of fractures – broken bones. Patients suspected of having a fracture are referred for an xray locally. They then return to the surgery where one of our Doctors will view the xray and determine the best course of treatment. Simple fractures can be treated here saving the inconvenience and expense of travelling to Tauranga. Treatment options include the more traditional plaster casts or the popular colourful fibreglass casts.
For more complex fractures patients will be referred to the Tauranga Hospital Fracture clinic for orthopaedic specialist review.
In addition, we have crutches that we hire out to enrolled patients if required.
Advice and medication for quitting smoking. Referral to free smoking cessation programme.
Travel Vaccination and Advice
If you are planning to travel overseas, you may need immunisations to protect yourself against diseases like Cholera, Polio, Malaria, Tetanus, Hepatitis, and Typhoid (not all overseas travel requires vaccinations). It is recommended you make an appointment with your doctor and bring your itinerary with you to discuss travel advice and immunisation requirements as soon as you have made your travel arrangements. Some vaccines require a course of several injections for full immunity and this takes time.
The doctor has access to a Medical Travel site which is up-to-date with the latest epidemic and vaccine requirements for all countries.
Once the doctor has established which vaccines are required, an appointment is made with the nurse for the immunisations. While many vaccines are held on site, some may have to be ordered in, but most will be available in 1 – 2 days.
Cervical Smears and sexual health swabs
Breast examinations and referral for mammograms