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Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Pikiao breaking down barriers to cervical smears

Championing Talei Morrison's #SmearYourMea campaign, and in her memory, Te Runanga O Ngati Pikiao health service in Rotorua recently held a free all day Saturday smear clinic. 

Open to the public and promoted mainly via social media, 25 wahine (women) took the opportunity to attend, and for many it was because it was held at a convenient time, it was on the weekend, and it was women only. 

"The day was a total success, we all felt Talei's presence here on the day " says Angela Earl, Health Services practice manager. "We opened the free clinic to all women, regardless of whether they were enrolled with us. We also offered free transport on the day if it was needed." 

Thanks to local sponsorship, a number of prizes were up for grabs during the day, including gym passes, a gift hamper, and all women who had their smear on the day were offered a free head and shoulders mirimiri (massage) by the health service's Rongoa Maori practitioner Whaea Rena, onsite at the clinic. 

"Whaea Rena did more than 10 mirimiri on the day", says Angela. "It was a a added bonus for all the ladies."

Enrolled women who had already been in to have their smear that month and throughout the rest of the month, also went in the draw for a donated gift hamper.

Te Runanga O Ngati Pikiao's commitment to the cause is strong and their cervical smear numbers were already tracking very well prior to the event.

"Cervical cancer is preventable, so we are doing all we can to help prevent this terrible disease!"

Te Runanga O Ngati Pikiao is currently welcoming new patients. Their GP, nurse practitioner and nurses offer comprehensive and compassionate healthcare services to treat illness, disease or injury. The clinic offers low fees, while providing a professional holistic experience complemented by their range of services which support the mind, body and soul.

Photo credit: Te Runanga o Ngati Pikiao Facebook page.

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