Summer 2017


Welcome to Dr Jordan Thompson

M.B.Ch.B  DipPaed

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dr Jordan Thompson who is now a permanent General Practitioner with us at Mount Medical Centre. Some may remember him from last year when he was a GP Registrar with us

Jordan grew up Auckland, graduating from the University of Auckland Medical school in 2012. He made the move to Mount Maunganui the following year where he spent three years working at Tauranga Hospital before deciding to work in primary health care.  He has completed a post graduate diploma in Paediatrics and is working towards a Certificate in Travel Medicine.  While interested in all aspects of medicine he has also taken time to travel overseas which remains a passion of his.  Jordan enjoys most outdoor activities and you may find him out mountain biking or surfing in his spare time

 Outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis)

As part of the national pertussis outbreak, Toi Te Ora Public Health is seeing a rise in pertussis cases across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.

Since 1 January 2017, there have been 120 cases of pertussis notified to the Medical Officer of Health. Of these, 82 cases have been in the Bay of Plenty, and 38 have been in the Lakes region.


To stop this disease spreading and to ensure the free pertussis-containing vaccines give the best protection to those most at risk, it is important that infants and children get their immunisations on time at 6 weeks, 3 months, 5 months, 4 years and 11 years of age.

All pregnant women can get a free pertussis vaccine between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy.

Mount Medical Centre actively recommends immunisations for infants, children and pregnant women on time and that catch-up immunisation are offered to those who are overdue for their vaccinations.

Patients diagnosed with pertussis will be required to stay home until they have had 5 days of antibiotics or for up to three weeks if they don’t take antibiotics.


-intense bouts of coughing, which bring up thick phlegm.

-a ‘whoop’ sound with each sharp intake of breath after coughing.

-vomiting after coughing, especially in infants and young children.

-tiredness and redness in the face from the effort of coughing

 Summer is Here

 Its time to remember the following

 Non-melanoma skin cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cells on the skin, the body’s largest organ. There are two type of non-melanoma skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). As with melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer is caused by exposure to UV rays, and is most often found in the parts of the body that come into the most contact with the sun such as the head, face, shoulders, arms and back.

As with all cancers, prevention and early intervention are ones best course of action.

Drs Hilligan (Southern Cross affiliated) and Peckett both provide full skin checks – 30 minute check.

Time for a Skin Check

SCAN your skin and look for a spot or mole that is

S              –              SORE                     a sore (scaly, itchy, bleeding, tender) that doesn’t heal within 6   weeks

C             –              CHANGING        in appearance (size, shape or colour)

A             –              ABNORMAL        looks unusual, feels different, or stands out when compared to                  others

N             –              NEW                  most melanomas and all other skin cancers arise this way

The more of the above SCAN features a spot or mole has the more concerning it may be e.g. A New mole that is Changing in appearance and that is Abnormal (looks different to others) is one that should be checked urgently  Most people have made all their moles by the time they are 40.  A new MOLE after this age is more suspicious and the older you are the more suspicious a new mole is .  There are many other types of spots that may arise which may be quite innocent but you should have these checked by a doctor anyway. Become familiar with the spots and moles on your skin.  You should check you own, and /or your partners skin regularly.


Download the App today on your Smartphone, or on Other internet devices

ManageMyHealth (MMH) is an online secure messaging system that allows you to communicate with your medical centre. With your approval, MMH uploads your personal health information from your medical centre’s computer system. It then allows you to access your personal health information from any internet device at anytime, anywhere in the world.

Key Benefits

Once registered with MMH you can:

Manage your health needs – anytime, anywhere

Book appointments and receive appointment reminders

Request repeat prescriptions

Receive recall reminders

View medical conditions, lab results, immunisation records, allergies & prescriptions

Share health information as required with other healthcare providers

Use online tools to improve health and track progress.

What do you need to do to use this app?

– if you are over 16 years of age and have a unique email address, Download the app from playstore, App store, Google Play, etc.   then come and see us at the Mount Medical Centre and we can register you and activate your account. You do need to be a registered patient with us




                                   Doctors Working Days

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Dr Farrell √     



Dr Hillgan    √  √
Dr Davies  √     √ √  √  
Dr Peckett   √  √    √    √
Dr Ryan   √   √    √  
Dr Thompson  √  √  √    
Dr Trist          
Dr Engle        

 The above chart shows the usual days our doctors work. This can change from time to time.

We understand how important the relationship between patient and doctor is. Unfortunately sometimes when you make an appointment we may not be able to offer you your preferred doctor but another GP within your doctors team at Mount Medical Centre.  We do have a number of excellent GPs working at our practice.


Please phone 5753073 and you will be put straight through to our after hours medical service, Homecare Medical  They will direct you to the appropriate place.  Our phones are now be diverted to Homecare Medical after hours service. This means when you phone us after hours (575 3073) your call will be answered by them. Their nurses will answer your call and offer free medical advice or refer you to the appropriate service.

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