Southern Cross Healthcare GroupTuesday 02 October 2012, 1:49PM
Media release from Southern Cross Healthcare
Newlands Medical Centre is poised to join the Southern Cross
Primary Care (SCPC) network of partner practices.
The addition of the suburban Wellington medical centre will bring
the number of practices in the SCPC network to six.
Led by GP partners Dr Jim Aubrey, Dr Tim McKenzie and Dr Tony
Jackson, Newlands Medical Centre has 9,000 enrolled patients, 11
doctors and a team of nurses and practice support staff who provide
a range of primary care services including minor surgery, diabetes
management, health screening and accident and injury care.
SCPC CEO Victor Klap said Newlands was a great fit for the SCPC
"What SCPC, Newlands and our other practices share is an
underlying drive to strengthen and expand New Zealand's primary
care offerings. A lot is already being achieved by the
sector, but there is scope for more. We want to help create
efficiencies and innovations to improve patient outcomes and reduce
overall health costs for the country.
"We see these developments being clinician-led, with SCPC
providing resources and support structures to help GPs and
practices reach their goals."
Newlands GP Tony Jackson said the practice was looking forward to
making use of the services facilitated by SCPC such as electronic
claiming for Southern Cross Health Society members, customer
service training and strategic planning.
"We invested in upgrading and enlarging our premises in 2011 with
a view to expanding our services. Joining the SCPC network enables
us to connect with a national network of like-minded GPs and gives
us access to resources that will help us achieve that expansion
SCPC will have a 20 per cent stake in the Newlands practice,
with the other 80 per cent remaining with the current GP
Other practices in the SCPC network are Silverdale Medical Centre,
CareFirst (New Plymouth), Taradale Medical Centre, Upper Hutt
Health Centre and Queenstown Medical Centre. Collectively,
the SCPC network now accounts for around 70 GPs and 70,000 enrolled
Klap said, "Together with our partner practices, we are making
good progress on service development initiatives. At the same time
we are still actively talking to a number of large and progressive
practices who are interested in joining a wholly New Zealand-owned
SCPC's partnership with Newlands is expected to formally commence
in early 2013.