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Upper Hutt Health Centre to join the Southern Cross Primary Care network

Wednesday, 4 April 2012 by Aimee Bourke

Upper Hutt Health Centre is set to join the Southern Cross Primary Care (SCPC) network.

 SCPC CEO Victor Klap said, “We are really excited about this partnership, our first in the Wellington region. Upper Hutt Health Centre is one of New Zealand’s most progressive practices. Like SCPC and other partner practices, they see scope to develop the role of primary care in their community even further, which is great news for local patients.”

SCPC is an independent business set up within the Southern Cross Healthcare Group to collaborate with GPs on new ideas and opportunities in primary care. SCPC has partner practices in Auckland and Queenstown, and is set to finalise partnerships in Napier and New Plymouth. SCPC is also in discussions with a number of other GPs across New Zealand about joining its network.

Though SCPC shares a common brand, it is entirely independent of Southern Cross Health Society, New Zealand’s largest health insurer.

Upper Hutt Health Centre is a teaching practice with 14 doctors and a large team of nurses and other support staff. The centre provides a wide range of services including injury treatment, minor surgery and after-hours care. It also offers a number of nurse-led clinics that provide on-going support and follow up in specialised areas such as diabetes management, respiratory health, sexual health, and cardiovascular risk assessment.

As an integrated family health centre, there are several other providers on site, including radiology, pharmacy, podiatry and DHB community services.

Julie Yee, Chief Executive of Upper Hutt Health Centre, said the practice will enter the partnership in order to access new ideas and opportunities in primary care.

“There is so much that can be done in primary care to improve outcomes for patients, whether it’s through enhanced prevention, bringing care closer to home, or helping better manage illness to avoid hospital admissions. We see this partnership as part of our overarching goal to continually improve our services for the community.”

Mr Klap said the network brought together like-minded GPs who were eager to share in new ideas, systems and technology that would ultimately help make primary care more effective and efficient.

SCPC’s partnership with Upper Hutt Health Centre is expected to formally commence in late May.