UHHC services & programmes
Read about the key services we offer. If you require further information about these or other services, please do not hesitate to contact us.
A team of nurses, led by a Diabetes Speciality Nurse help patients with diabetes to self-manage and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Due to their expertise, they are able to care for our patients in the community, where once they would have had to attend hospital clinics.
For further information on diabetes, go to www.diabeties.org.nz .
Our LTC programme is aimed at helping patients with long-term health issues to maintain independence, self-manage and achieve best health outcomes.
Each year patients on the LTC programme will receive a free consultation with a registered nurse, a subsidised consultation with their GP and a free prescription.
Working together with your doctor and LTC nurse, you will develop a plan for your care which may involve setting goals to manage your health and minimise complications. They will ensure you are aware of other community services and supports which can enhance your health and wellbeing.
If you think you may be eligible for the LTC programme, please ask your doctor or nurse.
Our registered nurses are qualified and experienced smear-takers. Patients can have a cervical smear with either their GP or a nurse.
Some patients are eligible for a FREE smear with a nurse, please ask the nursing staff if you are eligible for this.
Immunisation is one of the most effective ways of protecting yourself and your children from infectious diseases. The nurses at UHHC are all trained vaccinators and will provide this service for you and your family.
Scheduled childhood vaccinations are free of charge.
We encourage people to have a flu vaccine to protect against influenza, commonly called "The Flu". This can be a severe and sometimes life threatening infection, regardless of how fit and healthy you are.
In people 65 years and over, there is a higher risk of developing serious complications from flu such as pneumonia. Flu vaccination is free to those 65yrs and over and for some with ongoing medical conditions. If you are under 65yrs and have a long-term health condition, check with your doctor or nurse as you may be eligible for a free vaccine.
The shingles vaccine (zostavax) is now free for those aged 65yrs-80yrs.
Boostrix (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough) is free and recommended for pregnant women from 28-38 weeks gestation to protect their newborn baby.
For more information on immunisations, visit http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation.
Cardiovascular risk assessments
Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of hospital admissions and deaths worldwide, so a healthy heart is a valuable asset.
Perhaps the most important indicators for cardiac risk are those of your personal health history. Age, hereditary factors, weight, cigarette smoking, blood pressure, exercise history, and diabetes are all important factors in determining your risk.
A heart check is recommended for people once they reach a certain age. The doctors and nurses at UHHC can advise you if you need a heart check and carry out a heart assessment for you.
A number of our doctors are skilled in minor surgical procedures. Removal of skin lesions and ingrown toenails, insertion of contraceptive devices, and steroid joint injections are examples of surgical procedures available. Please discuss any of these with your doctor so appointments can be booked appropriately.
For the safety of everyone on our roads, all drivers must be medically fit to drive. You have to prove that you are medically fit every time you apply for, or renew, or replace your drivers' licence.
Driving medicals are carried out by the GPs at UHHC. Some examples are private, commercial and heavy traffic.
Please ring and make an appointment for your driving medical. Standard consult fee applies for a private driving medical. The commercial driving medical will cost $70.
For more information, go to http://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/getting-a-licence/medical-requirements/.
Ferinject is iron given by IV infusion and is used to treat iron deficiency anaemia. We provide this treatment for those who meet the eligibility criteria and are referred by their doctor.
Aclasta is used to treat osteoporosis. It can prevent additional fractures in vulnerable men and women, as well as Pagets disease. We offer IV Alcasta infusions for patients, and this is arranged on the request of your doctor.