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Prostate screening

As men age, it’s common to have prostate symptoms, and most of the time they are due to problems that are not cancer. However, you should always have them checked out by your doctor. All our GP clinics offer this service.

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Routine screening for prostate cancer in men without symptoms is not recommended in New Zealand. But you can talk to your Local Doctors or White Cross GP about the prostate cancer screening test to see if it is right for you.

Before you do, it’s a good idea to visit the Ministry of Health’s Kupe website. It explains the risks, benefits and implications of prostate testing.

For men with symptoms of prostate cancer, the doctor will do two tests called a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE).

You should see your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • blood in your urine (pee)
  • pain or burning when you pee
  • you are unable to pee when you want to

As you age, it’s common to get these symptoms and most of the time they are due to problems that are not cancer, but you should always have them checked out.

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  • Some clinics have ample parking, while others not so much. Please visit your nearest clinic’s page to find out more. We’ll also let you know if a clinic is close to public transport.

  • Most people in this country have to wait to see their doctor! That’s because people have different health needs and how long it takes to get the right help can be very unpredictable. It’s our long-held philosophy that you should be able to see a doctor on the day you need to – and not have to wait for days.

    The most seriously ill people are seen first. The really good news is that you can now see on the clinic website pages what the expected wait time is at that clinic! That means you can find another clinic near to you with a shorter wait time, if need be, or choose to come another day.

  • ManageMyHealth is a secure website that can receive your health information from your doctor’s system. You can use it to store other health information, too, such as other treatments you have received or other medications that you may be taking. This means you can access your personal health information from any device at anytime, anywhere in the world. If your clinic takes appointment bookings you can do this through ManageMyHealth as well as order repeat prescriptions. Your online Personal Health Record can be made up of:

    • Consultation notes
    • Laboratory results
    • Prescriptions
    • Immunisations
    • Allergies
    • Diagnoses
    • Recalls.

    Just ask the receptionist at your local clinic to sign you up to ManageMyHealth.

  • When you have a blood test, or any other kind of test, your results will be sent to your clinic. If the results are normal, you will not be notified. If they are not normal, the clinic will phone you and discuss next steps. If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal, you can find your results in there, once your doctor has reviewed and filed them. Or, if after two or three days, you are concerned about your results, you can call the clinic to find out.

  • If you have a ManageMyHealth patient portal, you can order a repeat prescription online, otherwise please visit your clinic’s page and phone them.