Free General Practice Visits For Children Under Six

Posted by Waikato District Health Board on 03/07/2012

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Waikato District Health Board is reducing barriers to health care for parents of children under six by making visits to their doctor or nurse free during business hours at their regular practice and after hours at nominated clinics across the region.

As of Sunday 1 July, all children under six who need medical care will get it for free, regardless of the time of day. 

Waikato DHB has worked alongside Anglesea Accident and Medical Centre, Midlands Health Network and Hauraki PHO to ensure that whether it’s during business hours or not, children under six will get the health care they need without additional costs for their parents.

“When kids are unwell, it’s important they get medical treatment quickly,” said Waikato DHB Paediatrics clinical unit leader Phil Weston.

“Children under six can be especially susceptible to illnesses and can deteriorate quickly so it’s important they get the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

“During the day that means your GP practice as they know you best, and after hours in Hamilton that means Anglesea Accident and Medical Centre.”

All general practices in the Waikato now offer free care for enrolled children under six years.

To make sure you and your children are enrolled, speak to your general practice. 

Free urgent care after hours for children under six in the Waikato DHB region is available from the following practices

  • Anglesea Accident and Medical Centre
  • Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Thames hospitals
  • Waihi Doctors Surgery
  • Whitianga Doctors Surgery
  • Putaruru/Tirau Family Doctors
  • Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki general practices in Thames and Te Aroha
  • Paeroa Medical Centre
  • Colville Community Health Centre
  • Kawhia Health Centre
  • Hauraki Plains Health Centre, Ngatea