General Practice

General Practice

General Practice at Apollo Medical

Located in Albany, on Auckland's North Shore, we pride ourselves on the extensive range of primary care health services we offer our patients.

When we are closed our patients can receive health care and advice from the following providers:

  • Overnight you can get advice from Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • Overnight you can receive urgent medical and accident treatment from Shorecare (Smales Farm location)

The cost of primary health care for New Zealand citizens is subsidised to varying levels by the government. To access these subsidies we encourage you to enrol with Apollo Medical. Note you can only enrol with one General Practice at a time. If you are not eligible for NZ funded healthcare, you will be charged at the Non NZ rate.

On arrival please check-in at reception.  If you are feeling very unwell, in pain, have chest pains or are bleeding please advise reception and you will be attended to urgently.  

If more than one family member is unwell, and you are all enrolled with our practice, you will need to book an appointment for each person to ensure sufficient time with the Doctor. 

If your preferred doctor is unavailable you will be offered an alternative doctor for your appointment. 

Standard appointments are for 15 minutes and we ask that you appreciate the need for the doctor to keep to time.   If you need longer than 15 minutes we recommend you book a double (or 30 minute) appointment, or return for a second appointment another day.  If you have a number of problems to discuss you may wish to complete our Patient Visit Sheet which many patients have found useful.  To do so please click here.

Specific medical examinations such as immigration or insurance medicals will require specific appointments to be booked, so please advise reception when booking these services.  In addition the completion of health-related documentation, such as WINZ certificates and insurance requests need to be booked into specific appointments, so please contact reception to ensure this is done correctly.

The NZ Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors. This insurance cover is comprehensive but does not meet the full costs of primary injury management so an ACC surcharge applies. For further information, please click here and refer to the question about ACC surcharge.

Alternative Medicines, Medicines not available in New Zealand, Naturopathy, Homeopathy

At Apollo Medical Centre, all our clinicians (doctors and nurses) have been trained in traditional Western Medicine. We are registered with the New Zealand Medical Council and the New Zealand Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Nursing Council of New Zealand. These councils direct the services we are able to provide. Our protocols, guidelines and systems are all grounded and based on Western Medical science and principles. The investigations which the NZ government fund are based on these guidelines, as are treatment programs and medications. We only prescribe medications which are available in New Zealand, and have therefore been through a quality control process. 

This means:

  • Apollo Clinicians (doctors and nurses) are not trained in naturopathy or homeopathy, and we cannot support our patients with laboratory tests or prescriptions for these items as they sit outside our scope of practice.
  • Apollo Medical Doctors do not authorise the import of medications through NZ Customs, as we cannot be responsible for the import of drugs of which are outside of the NZ quality control processes.

Dr Lynne Coleman
Apollo Medical Director


Online Enrolment

Apollo Medical is now accepting online enrolments for patients eligible for NZ funded healthcare.  Please click here to go through the online enrolment process.  If you are not sure if you are eligible, please phone and talk to our receptionists on 09 477 3700.   Thank you.


Long Term Condition Management (Repeat Prescriptions)

The Apollo Medical Centre Long Term Condition Medication Management Process is based on researched safe practice.   It is designed to ensure that you, and all our patients, receive the most appropriate treatment and are given the best advice in order to optimize your health and wellbeing.

If you have not read our Process before please read it before requesting a repeat prescription, by clicking here.

The ordering of online repeat prescriptions can now only be accessed via our patient portal called ManageMyHealth.  
Registration to ManageMyHealth needs to be with the practice staff, and you may be asked for a photo identification and a current email address. Alternatively you can phone the receptionist on 09 4773700 to order your repeat prescription. You will need to provide your name date of birth, contact phone number and the medications you require.

Charges: (please note we do not offer an urgent repeat prescription service - if you need your prescription in less than three working days you will need to come in and see a doctor to get it).  All prescription requests for patients 14 years and older are charged based on the time taken for the doctor to review and prepare your prescription and are charged at a flat fee of $25 per patient.  Patients not eligible for NZ healthcare funding will incur a slightly higher fee.
You can pick up this prescription from our reception, once you have received notification that it is ready to be collected, or you can request it be faxed to your local pharmacy at no additional cost.
 

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