The Fono

Health & Social Services

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General Medical Services

We offer full GP and medical services at our Auckland clinics. Our services meet the highest quality accreditations and are delivered by friendly, caring, qualified professionals. Our friendly Doctors and Nurses speak a variety of languages while delivering professional medical services - caring is our culture.   

Accident care
The Fono offers basic accident services including performing procedures such as plastering, suturing and wound management. After initial assessment, more serious cases or in an emergency, you will be referred directly on to another primary health facility with specialists, such as a hospital within your DHB area.

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Bowel screening
New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world. Bowel screening can save lives by detecting bowel cancers at an early stage, when they can be treated more successfully. This is important, as there may be no warning signs or symptoms that bowel cancer is developing.

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Dermatology
There are many conditions which affect the skin and cause various kinds of rashes, such as diseases, allergies and fungal infections. Rashes cause reddening of the skin and can be itchy. The Fono’s GPs can diagnose a range of skin related conditions and recommend appropriate treatments.

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Diving medicals
The Fono offers diving medicals to determine a patient’s suitability for diving. The New Zealand Underwater Association recommends that all divers have a medical review of their suitability for diving on entry to the sport. It is common industry practice that all main dive schools require students to undergo a diving medical prior to starting their dive courses.

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Doctor home visits
At times patients may not be in a suitable condition to visit the clinic. During these times it is possible to arrange for one of our Doctors to visit patients in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. This service is only available under special circumstances.

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Dressings
A dressing is applied to a wound to promote healing and/or prevent further harm. A dressing can have a number of purposes, depending on the type, severity and position of the wound, although all purposes are to promoting recovery and preventing further harm from the wound.

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Driving medicals
For the safety of everyone on our roads, The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) requires all drivers to be medically fit to drive. Once you turn 75 there are a few changes to the process for renewing your driver licence including that your new licence will be valid for only two to five years. You need to present a medical certificate each time you apply and if recommended by your doctor, you will have to sit a 30-minute On-road Safety Test.

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ECG (Electrocardiogram)
An ECG (Electrocardiogram) is a recording of your heart's electrical activity. Electrode patches are attached to your skin to measure the electrical impulses given off by your heart. The result is a trace that can be read by your Fono doctor. It can give information of previous heart attacks or problems with the heart rhythm.

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Flu vaccine / flu shot
The influenza vaccine (commonly known as the flu vaccine or flu shot) is provided free for certain eligible groups but can be purchased by other people if they want them. Reactions to immunisation are increasingly extremely rare following improvements in vaccine research and production.

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General check-up / medical exam / medical consultation (adults)
The Fono’s GP’s can provide a general health check-up which includes things such as questions about your personal and family medical history, height and weight measurements and a blood pressure check.

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Insurance medical – life and/or income protection
If you want to obtain a Life and/or Income Protection Policy, you will not necessarily require a medical examination. Insurance medicals are only required if you have requested a large amount of cover or if you have a medical condition that requires a doctor's input to make a fair assessment. In some cases where you report a medical condition, the insurance company may send a form to your doctor to complete, rather than require you to visit your doctor for an examination.

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Lab results
Sometimes your doctor needs to take a sample of blood or urine either to discover what is wrong with you or to measure something in your blood so that the right medication is given to you. These tests could be anything from blood sugar to a full blood count or a sample of tissue to test for cancer.

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Liquid nitrogen / wart / skin treatments
Liquid nitrogen is a fast, effective treatment provided at The Fono to treat viral warts, sun damaged skin, skin tags and many benign cosmetic lesions. It comes in a container with a nozzle and is usually applied by swab or spray. Often one treatment is all that is needed but sometimes it may need repeating after two weeks. Because it cannot be stored for too long, you will often find that your GP will treat a number of patients one after the other.

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Minor surgery
The Fono offers minor surgery providing fast, competent removal and biopsies of skin lesions. Other services include cosmetic work such as removal of benign moles and skin tags. Ingrown toenail surgery is also commonly provided. These conditions do not need to be referred to a hospital, perhaps saving you a long wait or a cancelled appointment when a more serious case takes priority.

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Pain management
Pain management is important for ongoing pain control, especially if you suffer with long-term or chronic pain from an illness such as arthritis, cancer or multiple sclerosis or musculoskeletal pain disorders such as back pain, neck pain or joint pain.

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Rheumatic fever throat clinics
If your child complains of a sore throat, get it checked straight away. A sore throat can lead to Rheumatic fever if it’s left untreated, which is very serious and causes heart damage. 

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Sexual health and contraception
The Fono provides family planning advice, contraception and sexual health checks. Sexual health screening is offered discretely and the testing and results are fully confidential between you and your GP. A number of screening tests involve the use of urine samples, swabs and a blood test.

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Smoking cessation
The Fono can support you in your journey to quit smoking. Our doctors, nurses and community teams can help you and we have samples of nicotine patches and gum on site at each of our clinics.

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Sports medicine
Sports related injuries and other musculoskeletal problems such as a torn muscle or a ‘niggly’ shoulder may cause you to experience pain or hinder your ability to move. If you suffer from a sporting injury, your doctor at The Fono can do an initial consultation to determine the seriousness of your injury. They can also recommend treatment to help you to be pain-free and moving easily again as soon as possible, or refer you to a specialist or physiotherapist if the injury is more serious or they think you require on-going treatment or rehabilitation.

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Travel vaccines and advice
The Fono offers advice and travel immunisation before you go to another country. While you are likely to have the immunisations needed to live in New Zealand, there may be other injections you need to protect yourself before going for example to Africa or South America. In some places you will need protection from rabies or malaria. Yellow fever vaccinations are only available at approved centres; please click here to view the centres in the Auckland region.

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