ENROLLING WITH A
GENERAL PRACTICE

HOW WE CAN HELP

If you are new to the Whanganui rohe or haven’t been to see your health provider for more than 3 years and are no longer registered, we can help you find a practice.

You can find out which practices are taking new enrolments HERE or call us directly on 06 348 0109 for advice and support.

Benefits for you and your whānau being enrolled with a practice include:

  • Building long term relationships with your health providers

  • Regular check ups and recalls for screening

  • Cheaper visits for you and your family with Community Services Card Community Service Card (CSC) Scheme.

  • Access to your health records at anytime

 

Enrolling is free, can save you money and will help keep you and your whānau well. Your general practice team will work with you and your whānau to identify your needs, provide treatment and management, and also connect you with other community-based health services if needed.

 

As well as having access to face-to-face quality healthcare when you are enrolled with a general practice, they also have available an online patient portal to help whānau manage their own health at home.

ManageMyHealth™ patient portal

The patient portal is a website that allows you secure access to your health information online, from any internet device at any time. This is an easy and secure way for you to communicate with your health provider without visiting or phoning the practice. If you wish to register, just ask at reception next time you visit your practice.

 

Some of the functions on patient portal include:

  • View your doctor’s or nurse’s availability and book an appointment online. 

  • Send messages.

  • View your medications and request repeat prescriptions.

  • Receive information on immunisations and vaccinations.

  • Check your recent lab test results.

 

Please note, each general practice has set up their portal slightly differently, so not all have the same functions available, and some may include a fee.

 

The ManageMyHealth™ patient portal also has an exciting feature called the ‘Shared Care Record’. With the ‘Shared Care Record,’ it allows authorised health providers such as clinicians at Whanganui Hospital, Whanganui Accident and Medical, Hospice Whanganui, Midcentral DHB emergency department and afterhours clinics to access a summary of the health information on your patient portal.

 

The benefit for you as a patient is better care if you ever need to access any of these services.  However, they need to ask your permission to access this information and you may choose to opt out of the shared care function at any time, by ringing 0800 727 664.

 

For further information see https://sehr.org.nz. If you opt out of the shared care function it does not affect your access to your patient portal.