Patient Portal – “Health 365”


Browns Bay Medical Centre is NOW providing Patient Portal access through the Portal known as “Health365“.

A Patient Portal is a secure website where you can access your own medical information stored on our medical centre server.

Our portal is called “Health 365” and allows you to

  • Make appointments with your GP on line
  • View your regular medications and order repeat prescriptions on line
  • View your test results including specialist letters
  • View your list of medical problems on file
  • Have a secure e-consult with your GP

Please ask your doctor when you are next in for information on the Portal and a consent form to allow us to register you onto the Patient Portal. You will be requested to provide a unique email address and identification for security reasons, to ensure your medical information is kept secure.

Patient Portal Health365 – see below attached information sheet and consent form to join.

Patient Portal Information Sheet
Information Sheet

Patient Portal Consent
Patient Portal Consent

Gardasil 9 supplies postponed to General Practices (HPV Vaccine)

There is a shortage of the HPV vaccine until December 2017. The shortage is due to multiple factors, including demand exceeding the forecast uptake for the vaccine during 2017 and a delay to the scheduled arrival of new stock into NZ as a result of global constraints . Distribution of remaining stock in NZ will be limited to school based programmes only.

For further information please  log onto the Ministry of Health website.


HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine (Gardasil 9), Funded for Girls & Boys from 1 January 2017 aged 9-26yrs

HPV Vaccine funded for 9-26 year olds

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a common virus that can cause HPV cancers in both males and females. The good news is there a vaccine that can help protect young people from HPV cancers.

This vaccine is now free for 9-26 year olds. Children will be offered vaccination at intermediate school, (for more information see ) whilst others can book an appointment with our practice nurse to have it. Unfortunately for those older than 26 years who have not already started the vaccine course, the vaccine will not be funded…. so get in quick!

HPV is so common that 70-80% of us will come into contact with it at some stage of our lives. It is spread by normal sexual skin to skin contact. In most people the virus is harmless and has no symptoms, so they can transmit it without even knowing.

The vaccine has been clinically tested and shown to be effective in helping prevent HPV related cancers e.g. cervical, throat, anal and vaginal cancers. The vaccine is expected to offer life-long protection.

The sooner children are immunised the better and research has shown that response to the vaccine is greater in younger people. For this reason, those under 15 years only need 2 doses of the vaccine and those over 15 years require 3 doses.

For more information on this vaccine please speak with a nurse or your docto

Asthma Nurse Clinics

Asthma is a long term condition affection the breathing tubes (bronchioles), in the lungs. The muscles around the bronchioles become tight and swelling plus mucus develops inside the bronchioles.

 Have you seen one of our asthma trained nurses for an asthma clinic review?

Our asthma nurse can help you and/or your child with the following:

  • Preventing and coping with triggers
  • Using your inhalers correctly – Preventer and Reliever
  • Measuring how well you are currently breathing on your current asthma medications/inhalers
  • Understanding your medications/inhalers
  • Completing an Action Plan so you have control of your asthma

Please take a minute to think about the following questions

  1. Do you wake up at night or early in the morning with a cough, wheeze or tight feeling in your chest?
  2. Do you cough, wheeze or have a tight feeling in your chest on more than 2 days per week?
  3. Does your asthma prevent you from doing activities that you once enjoyed?
  4. Do you use your reliever most days or more than 4 puffs per week?
  5. Have you had a spirometry test in the last 3 years?
  6. Do you currently smoke? Most important do you know what to do in an asthma attack?


Please call the Surgery on 4795422 to make a Free appointment with our asthma nurses.

Zostavax – Shingles Vaccine

Shingles Vaccine – Zostavax

There has been a great deal of advertising about the shingles vaccine alongside the flu vaccine advertising. This vaccine is not FUNDED. The cost is around $230

Zostavax is indicated for:

  • Prevention of herpes zoster (Shingles)
  • Prevention of postherpetic neuralgia
  • Reduction of acute and chronic zoster-associated pain

This vaccine is only licensed for adults from the age of 50 years. It is not for children! The duration of protection beyond 4 years after vaccination with Zostavax is unknown. The need for revaccination has not been defined. The effectiveness of the vaccine reduces as you age.

If you are interested in this vaccine please make an appointment to discuss with your doctor.

We do advise you to read further up on the vaccine and the studies conducted at the different ages.

Zostavax may not be of benefit for all patients and your doctor’s consent is required for the nurse to order it in for you.

Dr Rick Barber – GP Locum

Dr Rick Barber is our permanent locum for all our doctors at Browns Bay Medical Centre. He has filled the shoes of our retired locum Dr David Lane since the start on 2016. Below is a short extract introducing Dr Rick Barber.

Rick is married with 2 young children and lives in Rothesay Bay

He graduated from Auckland Medical school in 1998

He travelled to the United Kingdom in 1999 to pay off his debts and find a wife

In England he completed a Diploma in Child Health and Diploma in Geriatric Medicine and finished his GP training in Brighton, to become a member of the Royal college of General Practitioners

He enjoys the whole variety of General Practice , has a special interest on older peoples health, moles, skin disease and preventative health care

Keeping medical matters in the family, his Mum, Jan Barber was the Practice Nurse Manager here at BBMC 10 years ago. Jan retired but we have managed to ensure she has  returned to be one of our most valued relief nurses.

Where are we moving?

We are being asked alot “where are we moving to?”  The answer is we are not moving any time soon. As you know a developer is planning to build apartments on the site we are currently renting. Unfortunately for the developer we have a lease on this site until 2023. So we are not intending to move unless we have a very good new location to move to. Yes, we have been looking around at possible sites but they are very limited on the flat in Browns Bay. So it is business as usual until further notice at Browns Bay Medical Centre.

As soon as we know, we will let you know.


No charge GP visits and prescriptions for Under 13

From 1 July 2015, children who visit our medical centre for a consultation with a GP, whether medical or ACC will not pay any consultation fees. When you visit the pharmacy prescription charges for subsidised medicines will be zero. There are a few exceptions only – repeat prescriptions for controlled drugs attract a small charge, and there may be some materials and immunisations which are chargeable. Hopefully this government measure will reduce barriers to children receiving medical care when they need it.

Meningitis Vaccine recommended for young adults

Meningitis vaccine is recommended for all hostel/flatting young adults especially 1st year tertiary students. Currently the vaccine of choice (Menactra) protects against Meningococcal strains A C Y W-135.  Menactra is a 1 dose/injection vaccine. There is a charge for this vaccine.