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Full new born enrolment now available via NCHIP

Pinnacle MHN's Child and Youth Coordination (CaY-C) service team is delighted to announce that whānau from across the Waikato region can easily have their new born fully enrolled with a general practice at birth.

Practices jump on board with lifting the lip early

At June 2017, Ministry of Health data showed that dental conditions were one of the top five ambulatory sensitive (avoidable) hospital admissions (ASH admissions) across all our DHB regions. Read more.


Waikato LMC care over the summer months

LMCs are independently contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide primary maternity services. There have recently been some LMCs exiting practice in parts of the Waikato - leaving a gap that has yet to be filled. For some women this meant it has been difficult to find an LMC.

Update on Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

An article by Dr Jo Scott-Jones, medical director on the Pathlab decision to no longer provide Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) for faecal occult bloods (FOB) from 12 February 2018. 

What we've been reading - January 2018

Interesting articles, clinical stories and learnings related to the primary health care sector we've found this month.


Celebrating a bright new future at Glenview Medical Centre

After nearly two years of planning and one year of construction the team at Glenview Medical Centre are thriving in their newly rebuilt premises.


Meet the team leading our clinical programmes

In our new draft strategic plan we have four priority clinical programmes - get to know the leads and what their programmes are about.


Reintegrating long term mental health patients into general practice

A new service funded by Waikato District Health Board will enable general practices in the Waikato region to help long term secondary care mental health patients transition to primary care.

What we've been reading - February 2018

Interesting articles, clinical stories and learnings related to the primary health care sector we've found this month.

Dengue fever outbreak

Important information about the Dengue fever outbreak from Dr Jo Scott-Jones.

Oto Med GP owner to retire after nearly half a century of practice

Dr Bob le Quesne, owner at Otorohanga-based Pinnacle Midlands Health Network practice Oto Med, is retiring this month after some four and a half decades as a general practitioner (GP).

From sidelines to siblings: Mike Bowen reflects on his life as a GP

Mike has been a firm fixture in the Glenview Medical team since 1974 when he arrived on the 'ten pound pom' scheme.

2018 Rural symposium

Designed for rural clinicians, this FREE event provides an opportunity to consider new approaches to delivering health services in rural communities.

Pinnacle Midlands Health Network recognised for Coast to Coast employee engagement programme

Pinnacle Midlands Health Network has recently been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 2018 New Zealand human resource awards to be held at at SkyCity in Auckland this month. 


Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust: Facility development fund

Upgrading your practice? Learn more about the MRHNCT facility development fund. 

Reconnecting unenrolled patients with primary care for better health outcomes

Pinnacle MHN and Waikato Hospital's emergency department are working together to support unenroled patients into general practice. 

Upcoming Government policy changes - what it could all mean for general practice

Pinnacle MNH chief executive David Oldershaw writes about what the early policy priorities of the new Government and what it could mean for general practice.

Showreel life in your region

And the winners are in! Congratulations to all who participated.

What we've been reading - March 2018

Interesting articles, clinical stories and learnings related to the primary health care sector we've found this month.

School health clinics making a difference in Waikato communities

Annually, thousands of youth struggle to access health care services. Hear about the team of 11 registered nurses and 19 general practitioners (GPs) ready and waiting to fight the access impasse.



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