Outreach Nursing Service
The Outreach Nursing Service is an extension of your own General Practice and can support practices to do:
- Cardiovascular Risk Assessments in the community
- Diabetes Annual Reviews in the community
- Immunisation recalls
- Cervical screening recalls
- Long Term Conditions Assessments and management in the community
The aim of the Outreach Nursing service is to:
- Identify individuals who have difficulty accessing health care
- Extend the General Practice service by offering a mobile nursing service into the community
- Improve health outcomes of our community
Outreach nurses can meet with you at a location that is convenient to you, for the following:
- Health assessment which can identify your health needs
- Provide health information to enable informed choices
- Facilitate access to appropriate health providers
- Provide support with specialist/hospital appointments
- Self management skills
- Smoking cessation
- Accessing GPs appropriately
- Medication Management
- Assistance with reducing barriers to accessing health care
- Use of Interpreters
Please note: Not all services are available in all areas - contact the Outreach Team in your health centre's area for available services. The identified priority population is Māori, Pacific and low income people.
Who can access this service?
All Māori, Pacific and people on a low income enrolled with one of our Health Centres (or people who do not yet have a GP).
How do I access this service?
Talk to your GP or Social Service Provider, otherwise contact the Outreach Team in your Health Centre's area.
Outreach Nursing Service in Wairarapa
Te Rangimarie Clinic
- The clinic encourages participation of the whole whanau in healthcare
- The service is available to Masterton Medical patients only and who meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- All Māori
- All Pacific Island people
- Non Māori and Non Pacific living in deprivation Quintile 5 (this is based on geographical location please talk to our staff to check if you are eligible).
The clinic hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm and Wednesday 9:00am to 1:00pm.
The Cameron Clinic is based at the Cameron House, corner Church Street and Stewart Crescent, Masterton.
The clinic hours are Tuesdays 12:00pm to 4:00pm with the exception of public holidays, supported by a GP for one hour from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
School Clinics Service
The school based services are provided to young people/rangatahi that require primary health services at Aotea College, Bishop Viard College, Mana College, Porirua College and Tawa College.
The school based service comprises GP and nursing services, screening services, referral, general health education and promotion, advisory, liaison and coordination activities.
A key objective of the services is to ensure Māori, Pacific Island and high need adolescents access free medical and nursing services in a youth friendly environment and that the activities of the health professionals are coordinated and effectively targeted to this group of adolescents.
This service fits in with the overall framework of the Child Health Strategy and is complimentary to the school health curriculum within the school and any other health service contracted to the school.
Diabetes Nursing Service
Diabetes is increasing at a rapid rate in New Zealand. Half the people who have it are unaware, as they have not been checked for it.
Ask your doctor or practice nurse for a Diabetes check if:
- You are Māori, Pacific, Asian or Middle Eastern over 30 years
- You are European over 40 years
- You are overweight
- You have a family history of diabetes
If you have diabetes it is important that you have a yearly check with your doctor or practice nurse to make sure any problems are detected quickly. Your Diabetes Annual Review is a free service.
If you feel that you are having difficulty managing it, or you do not understand why you are unable to keep you blood sugar in the target range, you should discuss it with your doctor. They may think you would benefit from a teaching session with your practice nurse, one of our Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes. They are able to help you gain better control of your diabetes.
Who can access this service?
All people who belong to one of Compass Health's practices (or people who do not yet have a GP) and have diabetes.
How do I access this service?
You can be referred by your GP or practice nurse. Our Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes also support practice nurses and GPs in their management of people with diabetes and can offer education and advice to them via telephone; and also by education sessions. If you are a practice nurse or GP needing advice or have ongoing education needs, please contact the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes in your local area.
Free Six Week Type 2 Diabetes Education Programme
In Wellington and Porirua a free six week education programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes is run in many locations. Space is limited to 10 people, but we will be taking names on a waiting list for future programmes.
This programme was developed to provide people living with Type 2 Diabetes the tools to start self managing their diabetes. By attending the course it is hoped participants’ diabetes control may improve through knowledge and skill development. At the end of the six weeks participants should feel confident in their ability to control their diabetes and have the skills or know where they can access help to achieve good glycaemic control.
This programme will achieve this through a participant centred approach which empowers participants to use the skills gained during this programme. This programme will be an interactive learning tool which aims to build on participants’ diabetes knowledge and help people incorporate these skills into their everyday lives so they can live well with diabetes.
Contact Compass Health on (04) 801 7808 for more information or to enrol with the programme.
Immunisation Coordination Service
Immunisation can protect people against harmful infections, which can cause serious complications, including death. It is one of the most effective, and cost-effective medical interventions to prevent disease.
Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. When an immunised person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond to prevent them developing the disease.
The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Your Practice Nurse or Doctor can explain more about what each immunisation is for and when you or your child should be immunised.
Our Immunisation Co-ordinators Health Centres with their immunisation programmes, assists in maintaining nursing vaccination standards, provides assessment for non-medical vaccinators and assists in the delivery of continuing education. All health professionals who belong to one of Compass Health's practices can access this service.