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1 December 2018

Changes to primary care subsidies and services

Zero fees for under fourteens

From 1 December 2018, most general practices offer zero fees visits to eligible children aged under 14 for a standard consultation. It also applies to injury related visits covered by ACC. As general practices can choose to provide zero fees services to under 14s, check with your GP to see if they are participating.
After hours care
After hours services are designed for urgent visits when the child’s regular practice is closed and where the child needs to be seen before the practice opens.
Children under 14 years have access to zero fees after hours care at the Whanganui Accident & Medical Clinic situated at Whanganui Hospital. Other after hours services may be available through GPs, check with your GP to see if they are participating in after hours services.
Prescription charges
From 1 July 2015, the $5 charge for each item of prescription medicine no longer applies to children under 13. Pharmacies may charge for extra services such as delivery. Fees for medicines that are not fully funded by Pharmac remain the same. Check with your pharmacist about any additional fees.
After hours prescription charges
A surcharge for prescriptions presented after hours for children under 12 will no longer be charged by Unichem Whanganui Pharmacy at 36 Fitzherbert Avenue, Whanganui.


To view the GP fees for Whanganui DHB region general practices visit: https://wdhb.org.nz/contented/clientfiles/whanganui-district-health-board/files/wdhb-region-gp-fee-schedule-01-december-18.pdf 
Further information is available at: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/primary-health-care/primary-health-care-subsidies-and-services/lower-cost-general-practice-visits 


Notice regarding medical records destruction

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is informing any members of the public who have not received care or treatment since 2007/2008 that their records may be due for destruction.


WDHB clinical records manager Patricia Greer says people who would like to have their records returned to them rather than destroyed need to complete an application form and return it to the Clinical Records Department by 30 December. The form can be downloaded from the WDHB website (click the preceding link or search ‘‘Records for Destruction’’) or by contacting the Clinical Records Department on 06 348 1277.


Mrs Greer says the WDHB reviews its stored general clinical records annually. Any file that contains obstetric and/or paediatric records are retained for 25 years or 10 years after the date of death, but all other general records are disposed of 10 years following a patient’s last date of care or treatment at Whanganui Hospital.

“We must receive requests in writing, however, if someone has a query they are welcome to call us. It’s important people understand the criteria. If someone has had treatment for mental and general health conditions, their general health notes remain on file along with their mental health notes.”