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Prior to treatment

First specialist appointmentThis appointment is when you will meet your Radiation Oncologist or Radiation Registrar to discuss treatment options, the benefits, potential risks of radiation therapy, and to answer any questions you may have. This appointment will be on Level B1 of the Lomas building. Check in at reception. Patients who reside within the Tairāwhiti DHB will be seen in Gisborne.

If you decide to have radiation therapy, a simulation appointment will be scheduled. You will be contact…

Adults

Have you: 

been referred to an appointment by a publicly funded specialist (not a GP)?
AND

Do you:

have a Community Services Card and travel at least 80km one way? AND/OR;
visit a specialist at least six times in six months and travel at least 50km one way? AND/OR;
visit a specialist twenty two times or more in two months, regardless of distance? AND/OR;
travel more than 350km one way for one specialist appointment?

Children up to 18 years old

Has your child (up to 18 years):

been referred to an appointment by a publicly funded specialist (not a GP)?
AND

Does your child:

have a Community Services Card and travel at least 25km one way? AND/OR;
visit a specialist at least six times in six months and travel at least 25km one way? AND/OR;
visit a specialist twenty two times or more in two months, regardless of distance? AND/OR;
travel more than 80km one way for one specialist appointment?

How do I enrol on the programme or book an appointment?

Freephone 0800 270 200 to enrol and/or book an appointment with BreastScreen Midland.
You can enrol when you visit your GP. He/she may also send you a letter to advise that you may be eligible to join the BreastScreen Aotearoa programme.
Enrol online by visiting the BreastScreen Aotearoa website
If you have been previously screened by BreastScreen Aotearoa you will receive a letter inviting you for another mammogram when you are due.

How do I know my technology will work?

Devices including smartphones, tablets, desktop computer or a laptop can be used to access video appointments. 

The service you have a video appointment booked with will organise a phone call with you to do a Tech Check to make sure your device meets the proper requirements and that you are comfortable using your device.

If your device can't be used for a video appointment, another method will be discussed with you, which could include in-person or over the phone.

When you are referred

A brief outline of how a referral works and what to expect from your first clinic appointment with a hospital doctor or specialist.

ReferralIn most cases, you will be referred to one of our hospital services by a health professional, e.g. your general practitioner (GP), if they want a specialist to see you or if they believe hospital treatment may be necessary.

If you meet the criteria for referral, you will be seen by a hospital doctor within four months.
If you do not meet the criteria for r…

Patient test consults

Test consults are available to ensure patients are able to successfully use SmartHealth, before having their first consultation.

Request a test consult If you are organising a SmartHealth appointment or contact in iPM and you can see that this is the patient's first SmartHealth activity (regardless of the specialty), please request a test consult for the patient.

A test consult should be requested at least 10 working days before the patient's actual SmartHealth appointment or contact…

Paediatric Clinic

A paediatric clinic is a medical review.  The goal of the paediatric clinic is to assess if there are any underlying medical conditions contributing to the developmental problem.

A new paediatric appointment will take approximately one hour, and may be undertaken by a consultant paediatrician, paediatric fellow or experienced paediatric registrar. 
Review appointments are half an hour.