We offer a small number of urgent appointments each day.
Please call the reception staff on 3488711 and let them know you need an urgent appointment.
Should you be acutely unwell, please call an ambulance by dialling 111.
If you require medical care after hours please just ring our usual number 3488711 and you will be talking directly with a Registered Nurse, they will triage your call, advise you of the best course of action and refer you to the 24hr Surgery or the Emergency Department should they feel you need urgent medical attention.
At Riccarton Medical we want you and your whanau to be as healthy as possible.
Immunisations can play a pivotal role in maintaining good health and in the prevention of potentially serious diseases.
All the immunisations on the NZ National Immunisation Schedule are available at Riccarton Medical. Please see the link below for the schedule’s details. These vaccines are funded for eligible patients.
Individual immunisation plans are offered if needed to catch up to the national schedules program.
Riccarton Medical also offer a range of other vaccines, for example vaccines to help prevent meningitis and various travel immunisations.
Influenza infection can result in serious illness. Flu vaccinations for protection against influenza are available annually, generally from the 1 April.
Annual vaccination is recommended for two important reasons:
- Protection from the previous vaccination lessens over time.
- The circulating influenza viruses can change and the strains in the vaccine change each year in response to the circulating virus pattern.
Funded influenza vaccine is available free of charge, to a wide range of patients who meet the funding criteria.
For patients who do not meet the funding criteria * “flu vaccination is recommended from 6 months of age”, to help reduce the spread of influenza in the wider community and prevent severe illness.
Please contact any of our nurses with any immunisation enquiries.
* IMAC 7/3/23 Flu 2023 Essential information for health professionals. Te Whatu Ora NZ
We also provide travel immunisations – see Travel Medicine (below) for more information.
Bexsero is fully funded for 2 doses and a booster for:
1 a. children up to 12 months of age
b. catchup for 13 months to 59 months available until 31 August 2025 – for those tamariki who were aged under 5 years on the 1 March 23, but have since turned 5 years of age, are eligible for the catch-up programme (this change is reflected in the updated Immunisation Handbook 27 June 2023.
2. Bexsero is funded for 2 dosses for people aged between 13 years and 25 years (inclusive) who are either:
entering within the next 3 months, or in their first year of living in boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence, military barracks or prisons: or
are currently living in boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence, military barracks or prisons, from 1 March 23 until 28 February 2024 as a catch up.
Use for high-risk patients remains unchanged.
We run a minor surgical theatre with very experienced staff, and undertake the following procedures;
- Skin lesion biopsy and excision
- Skin cancer excisions
- Cosmetic excision of lesions
- Insertion and removal of IUDs
- Insertion and removal of Jadelle implants
and a range of other procedures
Our doctors are experienced in dermoscopy and skin checks.
We provide a 30 minute full skin check procedure, and can advise you on sun-smart behaviours as well as the management of common skin problems.
Should you require same day treatment or a planned biopsy or excision, we can undertake that.
Travel Medicine Consultations
Prior to traveling we would appreciate if you could make contact with us 6 to 8 weeks out.
Please advise reception you are traveling and time frame. We will email you a pre-travel form, to complete and return prior to the consultation with the doctor.
This is required to allow sufficient time for us to review the particular requirements of the countries you are traveling to.
We are experienced at providing both pre-travel medical advice and immunisations, and post-travel check-ups. We provide the following immunisations, depending on where you are traveling to:
- Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- Hepatitis A and B
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Dukoral (Cholera)
- Japanese Encephalitis – will refer to Travel Medicine Clinic
- Q Fever -will refer to Travel Medicine Clinic
For more information on Zika Virus, click here; www.cdc.gov/zika
We are able to undertake a variety of workplace medicals for pre-employment. We are also experienced at assisting workplaces in managing injuries.
NZ Defence Force Recruit medicals
Dr Newman is a certified NZ Army medical examiner.
Health Improvement Practitioner
Health Improvement Practitioner
We have a Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) attached to our practice. The HIP works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
We offer a free well being consultation at Riccarton Medical with our Health Improvement Practitioner for any stress, life style or emotional health issues needing support. Please phone reception to make a booking.
A HIP supports individuals experiencing stress or any problem impacting their health and well-being. This may include life style changes, difficulties with sleep, anxious thoughts, low mood, chronic pain, relationships, parenting and addiction. Sessions last between 20 -30 minutes. Some people attend a one-off session, others come back for follow up sessions.
Discuss with your doctor or call reception to book an appointment. Same day appointments are available.
Screening and Recall
As part of our ongoing support of our patient’s healthcare we opt all our patients onto national screening programs.
Please advise if you do not want to be included on to a national program.
National Bowel Screening
For more information, please follow this link to the National Screening Unit: