Capital and Coast DHBFriday 29 June 2012, 11:56AM
Media release from Capital and Coast DHB
Capital & Coast DHB are reducing barriers to healthcare for
parents of children under six by making visits to their doctor or
nurse in this region free for under-sixes during business hours at
your regular practice, and after hours at three nominated clinics
across the region.
From 1 July 2012 all children under six who need medical care will
get it for free, regardless of the time of day. Capital and Coast
District Health Board have worked alongside Compass Primary
Healthcare Network, Cosine PHO, Ora Toa PHO and Well Health PHO to
ensure that whether it's during working hours or not, children
under six will get the health care they need without additional
costs for their parents.
"When kids are unwell, it's important that they get medical
treatment quickly," said Dr Andrew Marshall, Clinical Leader
Paediatrics, Capital & Coast District Health Board, "Children
under six can be especially susceptible to illnesses and can
deteriorate quickly so it's important that they get the right care,
at the right time and in the right place; during the day that means
your GP practice as they know you best and after hours there are
three clinics across our district in Wellington, Porirua and
"For a GP in the community it's important that I know that my
patients can get the care they need when my practice isn't open,"
said Dr Larry Jordan, Community GP, "Having free urgent after hours
care for kids under six helps the whole community by improving
access to high quality healthcare"
All General Practices in the district now offer free care for
enrolled children under six, to make sure you and your children are
enrolled speak to your general practice. Free urgent care after
hours for children under six is available from the following
• Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre, 17 Adelaide Road,
Newtown ph 04 384 4944
• Kenepuru Accident and Medical, Kenepuru Hospital, ph 04 918
• Team Medical, Coastlands Mall, State Highway 1, Kapiti ph 04 297
If you're not sure if your child needs to see a doctor call
Healthline (0800 611 116). Healthline provides free medical advice
24 hours a day.