Strength in numbers in Horowhenua


Clinical staff, formerly from Heart in Health, have joined forces with the team at Horowhenua Community Practice. General Practitioner, Dr Bente, and her nursing team have shifted into Horowhenua Community Practice in Levin.
The physical shift under the roof of the Horowhenua Health Centre makes for easier ways of working under the COVID-19 protocols. The move also offers enhanced patient service by way of wider clinical support and complementary services of pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services available adjacent to the practice.
Horowhenua Community Practice Practice Manager, Elizabeth Lea says, “The demands of COVID-19 have brought collegiality to the forefront of General Practice and we are pleased to be extend a warm welcome to Dr Bente, the nursing team and all Dr Bente’s enrolled patients.”
With larger premises and a larger team, activities such as flu vaccine and child immunisation clinics can be more easily managed away from unwell people needing to visit their GP, Nurse Practitioner or nurse in person. The larger team also reduces the possibility of interruption to care should health staff require self-isolation.
THINK Hauora has provided support to Horowhenua Community Practice and Dr Bente and her nursing team to minimise disruption to enrolled patients during the physical and administrative transition.
THINK Hauora Chief Executive Chiquita Hansen says that the community can be assured of a continuity of quality primary care across the district.
“We are encouraged by the collaboration taking place across the Horowhenua and hope any inconvenience with the changeover will be short lived. We ask that all our communities support our valuable front-facing administrative and clinical health workforce as they, in turn, do the best to support our communities.”

Patient information:
From 1 April Dr Bente and her clinical nursing team formerly from Heart in Health will operate as part of Horowhenua Community Practice.
Horowhenua Community Practice is located within Horowhenua Health Centre at 62 Liverpool Street, Levin.
The contact number for Dr Bente and all clinical services is now 06 368 8065.
People who used Heart in Health’s patient portal have been contacted by email with instructions on moving to a different portal app.