Women's Health Services

The Practice offers a comprehensive range of women's health services. If you are facing financial difficulties, please talk to our staff and we will help support you.

Listed below are a number of the services we offer.

Services

  • breast cancer

    Please let us know immediately if you have noticed any change in your breasts or have a family history of breast cancer that we are not aware of. 

    Breast Screening is offered to well women who have no significant risk factors or signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Your risk of breast cancer will increase as you age. 

    While It is widely agreed that mammographic screening of women aged 50 to 74 years, will save lives through the early detection of cancer, for women outside these age groups recommendations for breast screening vary both nationally and internationally.  

    For these reasons we believe a more personalised approach to breast screening is useful and now invite all women in their 40th year to come in and see us. This appointment will enable us to address any concerns you have, better understand your personal risk of breast cancer and plan screening for you. A standard appointment is required, and normal fees apply. 

    Our national breast screening service, Breast Screen Aotearoa (BSA), provides an excellent free breast screening for women aged 45 to 69 years inclusive. For more information:

    Time to screen/Breast Cancer

    Health navigator/Breast Cancer

    Women wishing to enroll in Breast Screen Aotearoa please follow this link https://www.timetoscreen.nz/breast-screening/sign-up/ 

    If we do not see that you have had a mammogram, we will contact you three months after your 45th birthday to invite you to join our national breast screening program (BSA). 

    Mammography

    Digital mammography is the traditional mammographic technique that has been used worldwide in the screening for breast cancer and for assessing women and men presenting with a symptom. Screening with digital mammography has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the chance of dying of breast cancer by a third.

    The next generation of breast imaging is mammographic tomosynthesis. Research has consistently shown that using tomosynthesis improves breast cancer detection across all age groups and all breast tissue types and provides greater certainty, thereby decreasing call backs. 

    Mammographic tomosynthesis is suitable for screening and also assessment of those with symptoms. It is not possible to utilize this technology in women with breast implants.

    Traditional digital mammography produces two images of each breast. In some cases, this results in overlapping tissue, which can make it more difficult to detect cancers. Tomosynthesis is performed using a scanner that is very similar to look at and with a similar technique and compression. In breast tomosynthesis the scanner takes many images or ‘slices’ of each breast, reducing the amount of overlapping tissue. The x-ray dose is the same for both tests and remains low. The time taken to obtain the images is also the same for both technologies.

    COST

    There is a price difference given the level of technology and the additional time taken to interpret the many more images.

    Digital mammography is approximately $190.00. Some health insurance policies will fully reimburse this cost. Mammographic tomosynthesis is approximately $289. 

    Southern Cross will pay for members the cost of the  traditional mammogram, as per your policy agreement. If you choose digital breast tomosynthesis, you will be asked an additional charge of approximately $100.00.

    These charges may vary so please check with your provider. Mercy Radiology and Ascot Radiology are two private companies that provide Mammographic tomosythesis.Digital mammography is the traditional mammographic technique that has been used worldwide in the screening for breast cancer and for assessing women and men presenting with a symptom. Screening with digital mammography has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the chance of dying of breast cancer by a third.

    The next generation of breast imaging is mammographic tomosynthesis. Research has consistently shown that using tomosynthesis improves breast cancer detection across all age groups and all breast tissue types and provides greater certainty, thereby decreasing call backs. 

    Mammographic tomosynthesis is suitable for screening and also assessment of those with symptoms. It is not possible to utilize this technology in women with breast implants.

    Traditional digital mammography produces two images of each breast. In some cases, this results in overlapping tissue, which can make it more difficult to detect cancers. Tomosynthesis is performed using a scanner that is very similar to look at and with a similar technique and compression. In breast tomosynthesis the scanner takes many images or ‘slices’ of each breast, reducing the amount of overlapping tissue. The x-ray dose is the same for both tests and remains low. The time taken to obtain the images is also the same for both technologies.

    COST

    There is a price difference given the level of technology and the additional time taken to interpret the many more images.

    Digital mammography is approximately $190.00. Some health insurance policies will fully reimburse this cost. Mammographic tomosynthesis is approximately $289. 

    Southern Cross will pay for members the cost of the  traditional mammogram, as per your policy agreement. If you choose digital breast tomosynthesis, you will be asked an additional charge of approximately $100.00.

    These charges may vary so please check with your provider. Mercy Radiology and Ascot Radiology are two private companies that provide Mammographic tomosythesis.

  • Cervical screening

    For information about our National Cervical Screening Programme please see the Cervical Screening page on Time to Screen, or talk to our nurses or doctors. Please note there will be some changes to our the National Cervical Screening program in 2019.

    If you have any concerns, for example pain, bleeding or discharge, please see us even if you are up to date with your smear. Note some patients may be eligible for a fully subsidised cervical smear in our nurse-led clinics. Ask your GP or practice nurse if you qualify.


  • Emergency Contraception.

    Please see us as soon as you are able if you require emergency contraception. You can make a booking with our practice nurse if your doctor is not available. Up to four fully subsidised sexual health consults per year are available for patients up until their 25th birthday.


  • Fatigue Assessment

    Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness often caused by combination of issues that may include -

-Medical causes e.g. thyroid disorder, heart disease or diabetes.

-Lifestyle-related causes e.g. alcohol or drugs, lack of physical fitness.

-Emotional concerns and stress.

-Sleep disturbance.

-Poor diet.

-Psychological factors.

We will work together to help indentify and improve underlying causes relevant to you.


  • Fertility Advice

    Infertility is defined as not being able to become pregnant (conceive) after one year of trying, or an inability to carry pregnancies to a live birth. Age, general health and past medical conditions can all impact fertility however many couples experience unexplained infertility, which though difficult to comprehend, can have good outcomes with fertility treatments. Infertility presents many challenges for couples. We are here to support you.

    Useful Links can be found below.

    Infertility Health Navigator

    Fertility NZ is a registered charity dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy to people experiencing fertility issues.

    Pre, Post and Early Pregnancy Care

    If you are planning a pregnancy come in to see us. This helps ensure that you have the pre-pregnancy vaccinations and supplementation support that is recommended.

    This is also a chance to discuss any concerns you may have.

    information on prenatal screening

    The prenatal screening programme for Down Syndrome and other conditions has been in place in New Zealand since 2007. The combination of clinical factors, blood test results (serum levels of Papp-A and bHCG) and an ultrasound scan result of the baby (nuchal translucency scanning), gives women in the first trimester of pregnancy, a high quality risk result. The following link provides information about antenatal screening in New Zealand.

    If a woman has a high-risk result (1 in 300 or higher), she can choose to have a more invasive test available in NZ both public ans privice (amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling) to determine whether the fetus has Down Syndrome.

    In addition to these tests a new test Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) provides more comprehensive first trimester screening. There are two private providers that perform this test in New Zealand. Further information is provided on the following-

    Ascot Radiology

    Fertility Associates



  • Heart Health and Blood Pressure Assessment and Monitoring.

    Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is the leading cause of death for both women and men in New Zealand.

    We have provided this link to the NZ Heart Foundation. This site provides a range of information that includes the signs and symptoms of heart disease, preventative measures and the assessment and treatment of heart disease.


  • Mental Health and Lifestyle Concerns.

    We will support you with challenges related to such issues as work stress, relationships, parenting, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use and gambling.


  • Nutrition Advice

    We are able to offer specific support for a range of nutritional problems that include, but are not limited to, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, coeliac disease, iron and B12 deficiency.


  • Sexual Health Consults

    Sexual health consults are offered to women of all ages. Up to four fully subsidised sexual health consults per year are available for patients up until their 25th birthday.


  • Skin Health

    We provide the medical and surgical  management of a range of skin conditions. This includes skin cancer or precancerous lesions. The following link provides reliable information on a range of skin conditions.


  • Sleep problems

    Sleep problems can significantly and adversely impact on quality of life and relationships, yet also can often be improved with successful management within a primary care setting.

    Two useful links relating to sleep health follow. The first is an American site that covers a range of sleep related topics National Sleep Foundation and the second is provided by the NZ Ministry of Health.


  • TRAVELSAFE

    Our TRAVELSAFE service is recommended for all travelers and is available to both members of our community and registered patients. TRAVELSAFE consults provide up-to-the-minute, medical advice specific to your planned destinations, activities and your personal health needs. We aim to help ensure your travels are safe and enjoyable.


  • Urological and Gynecology Assessment and Management.

    We understand that many women put up with problems that can be improved. Common urological and gynecology presentations include menstrual disorders, concerns around menopausal changes, pelvic floor problems, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, cervical changes, polycystic ovarian syndrome and uterine fibroids.


  • Wellness check ups

    Staying Healthy - Age specific screening and preventative medicine schedules are outlined here. We encourage everyone to review and consider these oppotunities . All woman over the age of 55 are encouraged to be seen for a general check up. For our recommendations for age specific screening and preventative medicine opportunities you have any questions about this please discuss this with your Doctor or Nurse. A family or personal history of some medical problems may change these recommendations so keeping us up to date with this medical information is important.