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Health Ngātea has undergone a $200,000 restoration. Photo: GORDON PREECE

Restorations at Ngātea clinic

More than 100 people checked in for an appointment at Health Ngātea on May 26 for a blessing of its new refurbishments.
Business leader Dwayne Stewart told The Profile the centre, which was rebranded from Hauraki Plains Health Centre in 2021 and is an extension of Health Te Aroha, required an injection of restoration to benefit its staff and patients.

“We came into the building two years ago,” he said.
“One of our main aims was to create a space for both staff and patients alike that’s pleasant and a nice, bright, and bubbly place to come to.”
Dwayne said the more than $200,000 reservation project opened wide in December, 2021, with all patients’ rooms repainted and new ceiling and flooring installed throughout the centre, which is located at the corner of Dent and Rānui streets.
The restorations were stitched in April this year.
“We’ve also created a couple of new rooms, as part of how we run our general practice under the Health Care Home model,” Dwayne said.
“One of the key components of that is to have doctors offstage… where we have medical care assistants [MCA] who should pick up the patients from the waiting room to do some of their basics like blood pressures and a whole lot of health check scenarios before our doctors go into the room.”
“It’s really good for all our quality side of things… and it’s very beneficial for the patients themselves and making sure everything’s up to date.”
The blessing was led by Kerepēhi Kaumatua Ron Edwards, Delphina McCaskill from Kerepēhi Marae and Kerepēhi School principal Moana Te Moananui.