New med­i­cal clinic opens

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - AMY BAKER

Creat­ing a com­mu­nity for both med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and pa­tients alike is one of the aims of a new med­i­cal cen­tre in Up­per Har­bour.

North­care Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal in Rosedale is a new hub of emer­gency, specialist and gen­eral med­i­cal ser­vices. Around 150 at­tended its open­ing, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of Health Jonathan Cole­man, on Au­gust 31.

North­care med­i­cal direc­tor and GP Peter Boot said the fa­cil­ity was not like a typ­i­cal med­i­cal cen­tre and ‘‘less threat­en­ing’’ for pa­tients.

‘‘It’s open, it’s got nat­u­ral light, the smell of the cafe comes through, rather than it be­ing sort of a clin­i­cal sit­u­a­tion like a hos­pi­tal,’’ he said.

North­care is open seven days and of­fers emer­gency fa­cil­i­ties, x-rays, phys­io­ther­a­pists, den­tists and lab­o­ra­tory col­lec­tion. Spe­cial­ists in­clude au­di­ol­ogy, re­nal, res­pi­ra­tory and sleep, spinal and or­thopaedic ser­vices.

A phar­macy and cafe are also on-site, and the foyer fea­tures an il­lu­mi­nated ‘for­est’ of birds and trees which change colour.

Pa­tients are able to book on­line and pre­scrip­tions sent elec­tron­i­cally to the phar­ma­cist all part of the ‘‘mod­ern’’ feel of the cen­tre, Boot said. It is also an ‘‘ex­cit­ing’’ place to work and learn as a doc­tor.

‘‘We have a lot of dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ists com­ing and go­ing. It’s hope­fully a place where there’s a great aca­demic in­ter­est as well as pa­tient con­ve­nience,’’ he said.

North­care Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal is lo­cated at 5 Home Place, Rosedale.

‘‘There's great aca­demic in­ter­est as well as pa­tient con­ve­nience.’’

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The new fa­cil­ity is in­tended to be less clin­i­cal than tra­di­tional med­i­cal cen­tres.

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