White CrossFriday 21 September 2012, 3:33PM
Media release from White Cross
Health Minister Tony Ryall today officially opened the biggest
White Cross family medicine centre in the country.
The-state-of-the-art Lunn Ave Medical Centre in Mt
Wellington, Auckland, is a 2000m², three-level integrated health
facility offering accident and medical as well as full low cost
family primary care services, with extended opening hours, seven
days per week.
In addition, it offers an integrated service with dentistry,
pharmacy, radiology and allied health on site, with the ultimate
goal to provide full primary and secondary integration at the
"We have a strong desire and the capacity for ADHB to provide
community based secondary services here, including such things as
CT and MRI diagnostics, outpatient clinics, orthopaedics,
midwifery, renal dialysis etc," White Cross CEO Alistair Sullivan
"Of course our vision would have to be shared by the DHB, and we
are currently pursuing dialogue with ADHB about these exciting
possibilities," he says.
"We consider that our vision conforms to the Government's better,
sooner, more convenient healthcare philosophy and, if successful,
this new facility could be a used as a model for the rest of the
In the meantime, White Cross is offering a full and affordable
primary care service, including after hours, under capitation with
ProCare, to the suburb and surrounds.
"White Cross is mapping health care services to the community - in
this case we have moved our Baycare White Cross clinic in Mission
Bay to the much bigger Lunn Ave facility to accommodate a rapidly
Dr Sullivan says the GP fee structure is aligned with other
practices in the area, eg, free consultations for children under
six years of age. And White Cross is open to working with
neighbouring GPs to support their patients after hours, eg, with
subsidised fees, no enrolment and shared notes.
White Cross is also working with local iwi to fill the gap in
services left in Mission Bay.
"Ngati Whatua is extending its Orakei GP practice and we have
facilitated its move in to our former Baycare premises," Dr
The Lunn Ave facility is soon to be home to the College of Urgent
Care (formerly AMPA) and has nearly one entire level (1000m²)
"It is in this space that we would like to accommodate ADHB
services," Dr Sullivan says.
A bronze plaque was unveiled acknowledging the health minister's
role in opening the new facility.