Specialist medical services
To provide you with comprehensive medical services, we regularly have visiting specialists on-site. This allows you to access specialist medical attention without the inconvenience and cost of a trip out of town.
Your GP can provide you with referrals and appointments.
The specialists are:
- S. Brown – General Surgeon
- C.K. Reddy – General Surgeon
General surgery is a branch of surgery that deals with a range of conditions of the abdominal organs, the skin, blood vessels, and the area around the head and neck. They commonly deal with conditions such as varicose veins, appendicitis, and hernias. They also perform diagnostic tests, such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy.
- G. Cowley – Orthopaedic Surgeon
- S. Hardy – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system, whether due to accidents or degenerative conditions. This includes issues with bones, joints, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and other connective tissues. Orthopaedic surgeons perform procedures such as hip and knee replacements, carpal tunnel surgery, and repairs of broken bones and torn ligaments.
ENT specialists (otolaryngologists)
- A. Currie – Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialist
ENT specialists are also known as otolaryngologists, and deal with treating the whole head and neck area. They deal with common ENT problems such as glue ear, hearing loss, sinus disease, sore throats, tonsillitis, and voice and swallowing problems. They also treat head and neck disorders such as salivary gland and thyroid infections, oral ulcers, and some types of cancer.
- J. Dickson – Eye Specialist
Eye specialists, also called ophthalmologists, deal with any disorders related to the eye. After diagnosis, they will either work with the patient to manage their condition, or perform surgery. Common procedures done by eye specialists are cataract surgery and laser eye treatment.
- M. Holmes – Urologist
Urologists specialise in treating the male and female urinary tracts, and the male reproductive organs. Urologists deal with a wide range of conditions, including cancers of the urinary system (including prostate cancer), recurring urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and stress incontinence. Treatments can be either medical or surgical.
- J. Roman – Gynaecology Surgeon
Gynaecology surgeons diagnose and treat problems with the female reproductive system, such as infertility, cancer, and endometriosis. Many of these conditions can be treated through laparoscopy, or keyhole surgery. Gynaecological surgery could include hysterectomy, prolapse repairs, and tube tying.
Additional health professionals
In addition to these visiting specialists, other health professionals are also available through Te Awamutu Medical Centre.
Podiatrists specialise in diagnosing and treating leg, ankle, and foot conditions. These often include sports injuries, but also conditions such as bunions, corns, tendonitis, and skin and nail disorders. Podiatrists perform procedures such as setting fractures, prescribing and fitting orthotics and custom-made shoes, interpreting X-rays, and surgery.
Dietician (on referral only)
Dieticians provide advice on diet and nutrition to help manage conditions such as diabetes. They help educate patients on nutrition, including dispelling food myths, and work with them to design tailored meal plans that meet their health needs.
Audiologists test your hearing to identify hearing loss or suitability for employment, supply service and repair hearing aids, replace hearing aid batteries and offer advice on matters relating to hearing. We have two audiologists visiting us regularly.
Counsellors and mental health workers help patients voice and work through any problems they may be facing. They provide a supportive and confidential environment to help patients cope with their challenges, and find ways to make positive changes if necessary. Counsellors can be helpful for tackling a variety of mental health conditions, such as addiction, depression, and eating disorders, but can also help with many other difficult life experiences.
Midwives provide maternity care for women during pregnancy. As lead maternity carers (LMCs), they’re responsible for the care of a mother and baby throughout the pregnancy, the birth, and for six weeks post-birth. Midwives act as support systems and advocates for the mother, and work with other health professionals when needed to meet any needs the mother and baby have.