Acupuncture is a sophisticated system of energy medicine that is over 3000 years old and involves an external stimulus being applied to different energy points on the skin.
There are a number of uses for acupuncture, The Karori Medical Centre is pleased to be able to offer this service to patients.
Dr Chan Dassanayake (Cert of Acupuncture, Auckland) offers acupuncture as a mode of treatment for sports injuries.
He also uses acupuncture to treat other ailments including:
and Pain Relief in:
- Hormonal Disturbances
Chan is a member of the Medical Acupuncture Society of NZ
To make an appointment call: (04) 920-4562
General Medical Services
General Medical services are the core of our practice.
Karori Medical Centre offers, in line with Ministry of Health guidelines and in conjunction with Capital & Coast DHB
- free Annual Checks to patients who have Diabetes
- free Sexual Health checkups to all patients under the age of 20 years (includes advice, contraception services and STI services)
- free Childhood Immunisations according to the National Schedule
We provide tests and examinations including
- Minor surgical procedures e.g. mole removal
- Lung Function Tests
- Driving Licence Medicals
Immunisation is a way of protecting against infectious diseases. It is a personal choice. There are benefits and risks associated with all treatments. You need to research the issue to ascertain if this is the right option for you.
A vaccine is a preparation which causes the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against disease-causing organisms. These antibodies protect the person against the disease.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) strongly recommend immunisation to protect your child. The immunisations against 10 diseases begin when your child is 6 weeks and can be completed with seven visits to a Doctor or Nurse.
Childhood Immunisations are given according to a schedule of ages and include:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping cough), Polio, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus B (Infanrix-hexa)
- Pneumococcal 13 (PCV13)
- RotaTeq (RV5)
- Haemophilus B (Hib)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (dTap)
There are also vaccines available that are NOT on the childhood schedule, these include:
- Chicken pox vaccine (Varilrix)
- Pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax) from 2 years and adults
- Meningitis vaccines
INFLUENZA VACCINE – Frequently Asked Questions:
Why should you get immunised against influenza every year?
The influenza strains circulating change every year and the vaccine is changed to match. For the best protection, immunisation against influenza is necessary every year.
When should people be vaccinated?
The optimal time for high-risk groups is March to April, in advance of the peak period of influenza activity, (usually between May and September) however outbreaks may commence before or after these months.The vaccine is only free to eligible people until the 30th June.
Can you get influenza from the vaccine?
No. The vaccine has been made from influenza virus that has been concentrated, inactivated, then broken apart. It cannot cause influenza as the vaccine does not contain any live viruses.
Why do healthy people need influenza immunisation?
Being fit and healthy will not protect you from influenza, as it spreads very easily and up to 1 in 5 of us still get influenza every year. By being immunised, you can protect yourself and lessen the chance of bringing it home to a baby, older relative or someone with a medical condition who could develop serious complications from influenza.
- The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC): 0800 466 863 www.immune.org.nz
- NZ Ministry of Health www.moh.govt.nz
- Healthline: 0800 611 116
Physiotherapy services are available through The Village Health Centre, 146 Karori Rd.
B.A. Phty., MNZSP, MNZMTA
Grethe is an independent Physiotherapist who utilises Karori Medical Centre doctors if required
For further information, or to make an appointment, please call Grethe direct on: 476-4423
Sports and General Podiatry – John Sloane
See how the highest level of training and sophisticated equipment can be used to treat your injuries.
After graduating from CIT in 1987, John practiced in London at Guys Hospital and in a private sports clinic. On returning to New Zealand, John completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine at Otago University. With this and a Level 1 biomechanical accreditation complete, he is now completing a Masters in Sports Medicine and working towards a higher biomechanical accreditation.
John is also a provider to the New Zealand Academy of Sport.
“To fully utilise my sports medicine and biomechanical ability, I use a digital motional analysis system and electronic muscle evaluation equipment to diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries from the back down. This process can suit both general walkers through to elite athletes and focuses on muscle balance, core stability and technique changes.”
All general podiatry services are carried out with sterile instruments and by modern standards.
Sports Medicine Facilities :
- Digital Biomechanical Analysis system
- Electromyographic muscle evaluation
- Provider to New Zealand Academy of Sport
- Years of sports medicine experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine
- Biomechanical grade L1
- lower back
- ingrown nails
- Athletes foot
General Podiatry Facilities :
- Sterilised instruments
- Experience in Diabetic clinic at Guys Hospital, London
- Modern Techniques
- Home Visits if necessary
- Nails, corns, general foot pain, difficult foot carehttp://www.kmc.co.nz/wp-admin/post.php?post=148&action=edit#save
For further information, or to make an appointment with John, please call: 04 920 4562
Sport is not just about physical exercise. It incorporates physical and mental wellbeing – Nutrition, Fitness, Psychology, Rapid Injury Recovery and Health Promotion.
To assist in this, Karori Medical Centre offers a Sports Medicine Service:
Dr Chan Dassanayake (Dip Sports Medicine, Auckland) offers diagnosis, investigation and treatment of acute and chronic sports injuries. In addition he can provide advice on sports nutrition and the psychology of sport.
Chan has looked after both local and national sports teams and is a sports doctor for the NZ Academy of Sport in Wellington.
Both Chan and John Sloane (see Podiatry) work in conjunction with local physiotherapists and are ACC Registered.
Chan also practices Acupuncture (see Acupuncture) for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
For further information or to make an appointment please phone (04) 920 4562
Practice Nurses undertake a number of treatments including:
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Cervical Smears
- Hearing Tests
Nurse Clinic Hours are :
- 8.30 am till 5.00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- 8.30 am to 7.00 pm Wednesday
- 9.00 am till 12.00 pm, Saturday morning
Appointment times are for 15 minutes. If you need a longer appointment, please let Reception know at the time of booking.
To make an appointment, or for further information please phone (04) 920-4562
Our Travel Clinic offers up to date information on immunisations, health precautions and latest world trends. We use regularly updated information, along with Ministry of Health guidelines.
A number of our Practitioners have undertaken Post Graduate study in this specialty.
Our team of health professionals understands travel – they have first hand experience and can help you to have a safe and healthy journey.Common Immunisations:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A/B Combined
- Hepatitis A/Typhoid Combined
- Meningitis (Menactra, Meningitec, Neisvac C, Mencevax)
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
For more information, and current fees, or to make an appointment please contact us on 920-4562
The CDC Travellers Health Site www.worldwise.co.nz
The World Health Organisation www.who.int
At Karori Medical Centre we offer pre and post natal care. Although our Doctors no longer offer delivery services, there are independent midwives who operate at our branch surgery, The Village Health Centre, 146 karori Road, Karori.
Need to have a blood test or drop off a specimen? Aotea Pathology have moved to their new premises at 234 Karori Road (on the corner of Raine Street and Karori Road).
Phlebotomy (taking blood) services are available Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 1.00pm.
Tel: 476 7701