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Capital & Coast DHB Primary Care

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Primary health care is all those services which you use most in the community.

Primary health care services are those services that are provided in the community as a point of ‘first contact’ - services such as general practice, nursing services, other community health services such as pharmacy, family planning, sexual health services, physiotherapy etc. GP fees for these services can be found here.

Primary health care also includes how health professionals work with community groups to improve the health of the people in communities, preventative services, health education and disease screening.

The ‘health promotion’ aspect of primary health care involves health professionals working with families and communities on broad issues that affect their health. Examples of this are local programmes to reduce road accidents and other injury prevention; how the harm from gambling can be minimised; ensuring opportunities for recreation and sport for all children etc. Health promotion activities within primary health care generally involve partnerships with communities and other agencies such as public health, voluntary organisations and local government.

Referral Expectations

Every department has its own criteria for acceptance. Many conditions can be appropriately managed in general practice. Assistance is sought from the hospital (secondary care) when appropriate.

A well written, informative referral to secondary care makes prioritising the case more efficient.


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Contact Details

General Enquiries: (04) 385 5999
Fax: (04) 385 5856

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (04) 385 5999

Wellington Hospital
Riddiford Street
Wellington 6021

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Wellington Hospital
Riddiford Street
Wellington 6021

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Wellington Hospital
Private Bag 7902
Wellington South

This page was last updated at 10:22AM on October 16, 2014. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Primary Care.