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Kia ora koutou,

As 2021 draws to a close, Ruatahi Medical Centre wants to share a heart-filled thank you to all our patients for your support this year. COVID-19 keeps impacting our lives. However, we're getting through together — and we genuinely appreciate our fantastic community's response.

You are probably aware New Zealand shifted to the COVID-19 Protection Framework — or traffic light system — at 11:59 PM on Thursday 2 December. Rotorua moved to Red.

Rest assured, nothing will change regarding our health care services. Our team continues to take precautions against the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and we will remain open at Green, Orange and Red.

Now is also a great time to note Ruatahi Medical Centre's holiday hours.

Thursday 23 December — 8:30 AM to 5 PM (last day for prescription requests)
Friday 24 December — 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Monday 27 December — CLOSED
Tuesday 28 December — CLOSED
Wednesday 29 December — 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Thursday 30 December — 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Friday 31 December — 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Monday 3 January — CLOSED
Tuesday 4 January — CLOSED

Regular hours resume on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Finally, we wish everyone a safe and merry holiday season. Kia pai ngā hararei.

Ngā mihi,
The Ruatahi Medical Centre Team
Dr Anne Dibley
Dr Anne Dibley is stepping away from Ruatahi Medical Centre for a well-deserved break. We are expecting her back at the practice towards the end of January.

During this time, the rest of our clinical team will share the responsibility of providing you care.

We understand you may be apprehensive about seeing a different doctor. However, please take comfort in the knowledge our clinical team will always do their best to familiarise themselves with your medical history and provide a seamless continuation of care. We’re all committed to improving the health of our community.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will do our best to accommodate any of your requests.

We thank you for your understanding.
Funded Shingles Vaccine
The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) protects against herpes zoster (shingles) infection. Shingles is a painful, itchy skin rash that usually appears around your chest and back but can affect your legs or face. It appears on only one side of your body.

About one-third of people will develop shingles in their lifetime, and 50% will develop shingles by the time they reach age 85.

While shingles can get better on its own, the most common complication occurring in up to 3 in every ten people with shingles is pain that goes on after the shingles rash has cleared. This complication is called post-herpetic neuralgia (or nerve pain). Having the shingles vaccine can help prevent shingles and reduce the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia.

In New Zealand, there is funding for one dose of the shingles vaccine for people aged 65 years. People aged 66–80 years can also receive the funded vaccine until 31 December 2021.

Talk to our clinical team if you would like to get your shingles vaccines before the end of the year.
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Ruatahi Medical Centre
Weekdays — 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Weekends & Public Holidays — closed

1271 Hinemoa Street,
Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty 3010
(07) 348 3002

Please dial 111 in emergencies.
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