Our Health Services
Apart from our doctor and nurse health services, we also offer a range of other important health services.
Tōtara Health Flaxmere is open on weekends from 9:00am - 5:00pm for patients with urgent, same day medical needs only. Please phone on the day for an appointment.
Urgent clinic appointments are also available at both clinics Monday - Friday for patients requiring urgent same day medical care.
Tōtara Health provides a range of medical assessments including Drivers Licence, Insurance and pre-employment Medicals. Please let our Receptionist know at the time of booking, what kind of medical check you need so we can allocate the right amount of time with the doctor or nurse.
Please ensure you bring any relevant paperwork to your appointment. If you are booking a pre-employment medical, please check with your employer if they have any specific documents they require and bring these to your appointment. Costs apply for medical assessments, for more information see the Costs page
Nurse Led Clinics
Totara Health offer the following nurse led clinics. Please enquire with a nurse:
- Blood pressure monitoring
Stop Smoking Clinic
Specially trained stop smoking champions can offer a face to face consultation to assist you with your goal to stop smoking. The consultation and follow up telephone advice is offered free of charge. Stop smoking advice and NRT are also available from your nurse however a standard nurse consult fee of $15 will apply.
Careplus helps patients with chronic illness and/or high health needs by providing longer consultations with your Doctor or Nurse, at a lower cost. There are certain criteria patients need to meet before being enrolled in Careplus.
Please speak to your Doctor for more information on the criteria, and whether Careplus is right for you.
Diabetes consultations with your Nurse or Doctor may be free. Patients must have been diagnosed with diabetes and be enrolled with Careplus. Your consultation can only be about your Diabetes.
Clinics are run on Monday and Wednesday mornings at Nelson Street and Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon at Flaxmere. Referral to a Dietitian is via your Doctor or Nurse.
Most minor surgery will take 30 minutes of the doctor and nurse’s time.
You can expect to pay between $180 and $240 for the surgery including materials. There will be a charge of $15.00 for removal of stitches (including most materials) and $15.00 for any other nurse consultations in relation to your surgery.
The doctor will explain to you why the surgery needs to be done, how he or she is going to do it including anaesthetic, type of wound, stitching up the wound and care after the surgery. Also if there are other options for treatment and other risks such as bleeding, infection, bruising or the wound splitting apart.
Local anaesthetic by injection will generally be used, sometimes with adrenaline to lessen the chance of bleeding. Instruments that are used are sterilised according to approved processes. It is usual to send the skin lesion for laboratory testing.
There will always be some kind of scarring and with any minor surgery there is a chance of infection. The end result may not be what you expected. Some lesions are difficult to remove or may need more surgery to remove a bigger piece of skin or referral to a specialist. The nurse will explain to you how to look after your wound and how to tell if there is infection
Payment on the day is necessary
If you need to make a different arrangement please ask to speak with either Michelle or Sandy who will discuss options with you.