Updates from the Practice Team



May 01 2018

Winter’s on its way with shorter days, colder nights and the usual round of winter colds and illnesses.




If you or a family member gets asthma, check you have a ready supply of your preventer medication and inhalers. If you need a refresher on how to use an inhaler, one of our practice nurses can show you what to do.

Here are some other tips for keeping well in the countdown to winter.

·       Keep active, get lots of fresh air and drink plenty of water.

·       Wash and dry your hands thoroughly to keep any germs away.

·       Eat lots of fruit and vegetables – they’re a great source of vitamins!

·       Avoid slips, trips and falls – clear paths and steps of moss that could become slippery when frosty.

·       Keep you and your home warm – stock up on firewood and check doors and windows for gaps that could cause draughts.


VISIT www.healthnavigator.org.nz for more information and tips.

Zostavax Vaccination

Apr 26 2018

From April 1st Zostavax (shingle vaccine) has been funded for patients aged 65-80.

Due to the pressure on our nurses’ appointments, with the flu vaccine arriving late, we have decided to concentrate on ensuring everyone who is eligible can get their flu vaccination in a timely manner. We will be starting the Zostavax campaign in earnest in June and we will be getting extra supplies of the vaccine in to cope with demand.

 Zostavax is a live vaccine. There are some health conditions e.g. If you are under the care of a specialist, are immunosuppressed or have had recent treatment for cancer it may mean vaccination is contraindicated or should be delayed.  Everyone, who wishes to have Zostavax, is required to complete a screening questionnaire before you can be vaccinated to ensure it is in your best interests to be given this vaccine.

Please contact us on 2327193 in early June if you think you are eligible.

A Message from Dr Kevin Fitzsimons

Mar 23 2018

To those of my patients whom I have not seen in person, I wish to advise that from the end of March 2018 I am retiring as a partner at Tawa Medical Centre. After 37 years here this is quite a wrench. I have been most fortunate to have known so many wonderful people as patients and workmates during that time.

The relationships that I have formed with my patients has meant a great deal to me and will not be forgotten. I thank you most sincerely for the trust you have placed in me and for the real privilege of sharing in your lives. I will miss you.

The departure is eased by the confirmation of an outstanding replacement. Many of you will have met Dr Cat Rourke, who has been with us for the last ten years. I recommend her to you and I know that she will provide you with care of the very highest standard.

You might still see me about on occasions as I will fill in when required.

My best wishes to you all.


Christmas Hours

Dec 27 2017


Christmas Hours

Closed Monday and Tuesday 25th and 26th December.   Open 8am-5pm Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December 2017.

Closed Monday and Tuesday 1st and 2nd January.   Open 8am-5pm Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January 2018.














Mana Island Excursion

Dec 27 2017




2nd December

On Saturday morning some of the TMC staff and friends travelled over to Mana Island with a “Friends of Mana Island“ excursion to discover the treasure we have on our back doorstep.  Mana Island is a wonderful place to destress after a busy week and to get away from Christmas bustle–a meandering stroll with a guide for some, or for those who felt like it, a brisker paced self-guided explore.

Sunhats and sunblock lotion were the order of the day as summer had turned on her best for us - we certainly managed to refill our bodies' Vitamin D stores.  We took the opportunity for a healthy picnic lunch and of course bottles of water were a must.

A great day was had by all and we would thoroughly recommend it as a chance to reconnect with nature and with each other.




Blue September - men it's time to get checked

Sep 18 2017

Onesie day 2017

Sep 12 2017

On Friday 8th September, Tawa Medical Centre showed it support for Wellington Free Ambulance by participating in Onesie day. This is a fun day and a good way to raise some funds/donations for WFA - who provide a valuable service to the Wellington Community.

Donations made at the centre, and 'fines' gathered from staff have been paid to WFA - with thanks

Elita McDonald Speech and Language Therapist

Sep 12 2017

Elita McDonald Speech and Language Therapist

Qualifications: BSLT., ATCL Performance Voice., LSVT Loud Accredited Practitioner.

Communication is key! My role as a Speech and Language Therapist means I am to blend my love of helping people, science, creativity and communication everyday.

I work with both children and adults. Areas of my practice include: Articulation and speech sound delay, voice disorders, stroke and neurological rehabilitation e.g stroke recovery and Parkinsons Disease, swallowing difficulties and acquired language impairment called Aphasia.  

Whilst completing my Speech and Language Therapy Degree at Canterbury University, I performed in various Opera and Musical Theatre productions, and I continue to perform as a soprano soloist for weddings and events here in Wellington. 

Clinic appointments, or home visits are available with Elita. emcdonald.therapy@yahoo.com

027 329 0569.

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