Clinic to treat women up to 30 for free
Women aged 18-30 are being offered free GP healthcare in a new initiative in the Hawke’s Bay.
Totara Health is offering no-cost consultations with doctors and nurses to people enrolled at its sites in Flaxmere and Hastings.
Clinical director Sandra Jessop, who formed Totara Health 15 years ago, said that after 30 years in Flaxmere she had seen countless young woman putting the needs of their wha¯nau first, often at the expense of their own wellbeing.
By removing cost as a barrier, she hoped more young women would have regular check-ups and enjoy the benefits of good health.
“We decided as a business that we needed to do something more than
In supporting young women to be as well as they can be, we support their children.
Sandra Jessop, clinical director
we were already doing — we already have free consults for those under 18.
“In supporting young women to be as well as they can be, we support their children and that is a deeply satisfying thought for all of us at Totara Health.”
The move will have an instant benefit for some 1600 women aged 18-30 currently enrolled at Totara Health.
Health Hawke’s Bay’s Ma¯ ori Health Manager Lillian Ward said it was a “great initiative for young mothers and their wha¯nau as it assists in tamariki getting the best start in life”.
Jessop said there had been an overwhelming response to the offer.
Local councillor Henare O’Keefe believed it would “alleviate a lot of stress for many of our people”.
“We all know the hardship that a lot of families are faced with and Totara Health realises that there are families that just don’t go to the doctor because they can’t afford it. I congratulate them for having the vision and foresight to do that.”