Practice nurses doing more for patients

19 April 2012

Health Minister Tony Ryall says Taranaki people have better access to care provided by general practices, thanks to the 58,417 practice nurse consultations performed last year.

“The role nurses play in caring for patients continues to increase and as a result, more New Zealanders are being seen by general practices.”

Nationally, over 2.3 million practice nurse consultations were provided last year.

GP consultation numbers in the Taranaki DHB region have also risen.

“Practice nurses run screening and preventative care programmes such as immunisation and cervical screening. They care for patients with long-term conditions like diabetes and asthma and also have a significant role around care coordination for patients and their families.

“Many practice nurses run their own clinics and have appointment schedules as full as their GP colleagues.

“With practice nurses utilising their full range of skills, GPs have more time to better manage complex patients. It’s a win-win situation for general practice teams and patients.

“General practice teams are now delivering more comprehensive and responsive primary health care to New Zealanders.”

Media contact:
Jackie Maher
021 243 7803 or 04 817 9788

Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health

Last updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012

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