Dr David Clark
Wednesday, November 22, 20187
The official opening of a new medical centre today in Auckland emphasises the vital role of Primary Care in the New Zealand health system.
The New Medical Centre demonstrates the value of keeping healthcare close to the people who use it.
I grew up in the and my family and were patients of the Beachlands Practice.
As a former patient in this practice, I benefitted from the care and expertise of the healthcare professionals who worked there. Now as Minister of Heath, it is my privilege to return to open a new facility which will benefit thousands of residents.
Beachlands is a fast-growing area of Auckland and the practice currently has an enrolled population of 5900 patients.
The practice has been proactive in anticipating future demand in the area. I want to praise the initiative of the current leaders of this practice for their foresight in taking out a new lease, and then to design and fit out premises around it.
As a result of this forward thinking, today we see a state-of-the-art medical centre, pharmacy, physio practice, lab testing, specialist rooms, podiatrist, psychologist and soon a dentist, all in one place.
It is making it really easy for people to get to see the range of services they need to.
As a pilot practice, Beachlands has taken several mental health initiatives with the Counties Manukau District Health Board.
It holds a monthly clinical meeting with a DHB psychiatrist and team, along with its own GPs and nurses. The DHB psychiatrist can also consult patients in practice rooms.
Additionally, Beachlands is part of a new CMDHB initiative with both Te Rawhiti (adult) and Whirinaki (child and adolescent) mental health nurses being in the practice to consult, advise and integrate care better alternate fortnights.
Beachlands Medical Centre demonstrates the key role primary care plays in both physical and mental health.
About the Medical Centre
The Beachlands Medical Centre facility opened for business in August and represents the merger of two previous practices, Maraetai and Beachlands.
It is one of nine pilot practices working in a collaborative model with CMDHB and its four PHOs to redesign the way general practice delivers its services.
The practice is a member of East Health Trust Primary Health Organisation and has eight GPs, eight practice nurses, four receptionists and a practice manager.
David Clark is Health Minister of New Zealand. He is seen in the picture (supplied) speaking at the inaugural function.