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Child health

All of our GP clinics offer the full range of health care for children from before birth to 17 years. For all children under 18 years of age who are enrolled with one of our GP clinics, consultations in normal hours are free.

How we can help

Well Child checks

All children in New Zealand from six weeks of age up to five years are entitled to free Well Child checks. The Well Child check consists of a series of health visits and support from Well Child Tamariki Ora nurses. Find a Well Child Tamariki Ora provider

The visits cover your child's growth and development, immunisation, early childhood education, development checks and vision and hearing tests.

Find out more about Well Child visits.

Childhood vaccinations 

Free routine vaccinations for children are important to keep your child and whānau immunised against childhood diseases and staying well. Children should have, and are entitled to receive, free immunisations at six weeks, three months, five months, 15 months and five years.

The vaccinations protect against:

Speak to your GP clinic about getting your Well Child checks and vaccinations, and about non-funded but important vaccinations, eg, meningitis.

In an emergency dial 111 and ask for an ambulance

You can also call Healthline free 24/7 on 0800 661 116 for health advice.

FAQs

Local Doctors provides quality, easy to access healthcare through our large clinic network. You can trust our friendly staff to work with compassion and listen to your needs. They are trained to work together as a team to offer high-quality medical care.

  • Some clinics have ample parking, while others not so much. Please visit your nearest clinic’s page to find out more. We’ll also let you know if a clinic is close to public transport.

  • Most people in this country have to wait to see their doctor! That’s because people have different health needs and how long it takes to get the right help can be very unpredictable. It’s our long-held philosophy that you should be able to see a doctor on the day you need to – and not have to wait for days.

    The most seriously ill people are seen first. The really good news is that you can now see on the clinic website pages what the expected wait time is at that clinic! That means you can find another clinic near to you with a shorter wait time, if need be, or choose to come another day.

  • ManageMyHealth is a secure website that can receive your health information from your doctor’s system. You can use it to store other health information, too, such as other treatments you have received or other medications that you may be taking. This means you can access your personal health information from any device at anytime, anywhere in the world. If your clinic takes appointment bookings you can do this through ManageMyHealth as well as order repeat prescriptions. Your online Personal Health Record can be made up of:

    • Consultation notes
    • Laboratory results
    • Prescriptions
    • Immunisations
    • Allergies
    • Diagnoses
    • Recalls.

    Just ask the receptionist at your local clinic to sign you up to ManageMyHealth.

  • When you have a blood test, or any other kind of test, your results will be sent to your clinic. If the results are normal, you will not be notified. If they are not normal, the clinic will phone you and discuss next steps. If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal, you can find your results in there, once your doctor has reviewed and filed them. Or, if after two or three days, you are concerned about your results, you can call the clinic to find out.

  • If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal, you can order a repeat prescription online, otherwise please visit your clinic’s page and phone them.