Eketahuna Community Health Centre
1 Bengston Street
Tel: (06) 375 8188
Fax: (06) 375 8187
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 12.30pm then 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Lee-Anne Tait RN
The Eketahuna Health Centre aims to provide services to promote a healthy community through affordable health services, community participation and education.
- Plunket Nurse: Tel: (06) 376 8362 Fortnightly clinic or home visits
- Karitane Nurse: Home visits as required
- Physiotherapy: every Wednesday from 1pm (Physiotherapy patients need to book through Physiotherapy in Pahiatua
- Free Family & Child counselling: fortnightly on a Thursday (please phone Clinic for details)
- Public Health Nurse: Tel: 376 7444 ext 4
- Arthritis Exercise: available at Pahiatua fortnightly
- Whanau Ora Nurse: Rangitane o Tamaki nui a Rua (please contact clinic)
- PHO Heartbeat team: will visit by self referral. Incluses diabetes, dietician, podiatrist, exercise tutor, nutritionist.
History:The Eketahuna Health Centre was formed in March 1988 due to the resident Drs (Dr Iyengar) intention to move over seas and the Eketahuna county council inability to attract a replacement. Dr Iyengar in association with her two practice nurses and support from Eketahuna County Council and Palmerston North principal Public Health nurse, development an alternative model of primary health care service creating a community nursing service backed up be the Pahiatua Drs. It was the only nurse based health centre of its kind in the country at the time and opened 1st April 1988. It was perceived the health centre as having the broad goal of improving health awareness and illness prevention within Eketahuna and surrounding areas while ECC were committed to providing assessable primary health care services for the communities and ratepayers.
The Eketahuna Health Centre is now managed by a trust, whose members volunteer their time and energy. It is made up of 9 elected members from the local community and surrounding districts. The Centre is the only provider of primary health services within 30kms for the local population and outlining areas.
The Trust employs 2 registered nurses whose services are free to the people who access the centre. The services provided with no cost to the client include, blood pressure, child immunisations, blood tests, dressings, including acc cases, weight, diabetes and heart disease management. Women may have free smears and also support and advice of all other health issues that may arise. Home visits are made where necessary for urgent consultations are also made where clients are unable to attend the clinic. There is also access to free family counselling,( provided by a registered counsel or) free budget advice, food bank, with petrol assistance when required.
The 2 registered nurses along with the Health centre co-ordinator run regular classes and courses eg exercise class, walking group and a monthly meeting for the over 65 year olds cooking demonstration, self awareness and many more.
We also provide a community base for the district with the provision of REAP courses and accommodate a visiting Doctor Plunket, physiotherapist, and government agencies (IRD WINZ)
The Eketahuna health Centre became an incorporated charitable in December 1991. Our premises are leased at 1 Bengston St from the Tararua District council.