Ruapehu Doctors/Waimarino Health

The sole general practice in the Waimarino district, covering Raetihi, Ohakune, National Park and surrounds. Cornerstone acccredited, experienced staff.

This is an information page only. Please do not try to contact us through facebook. The best form of contact is through our business phone number provided on this page, this will be the most effective form of contact.

Operating as usual


Offer - 25 discounted flu vaccines - first in, first served. Phone now if you want to take up this offer. There is still the nurse charge of $12 to pay, but the vaccine cost is covered by
WPI, who have donated 25 ‘flu vaccines left over from their recent health and wellbeing programme.


Our workplace has achieved Workwell Bronze status. A great achievement, following the lead of Lilburn Transport and New World Ohakune.


Flu vaccines are here for those aged 3 yrs+. Remember that you need to be well, and must wait on site 20 minutes post vaccination.


100 flu vaccines have arrived today (despite us asking to have none delivered until after the scheduled power outage - see post 28.3.18) So hurry on in! Those we have in stock are for people over 3 years of age.


Katherine is moving on from working with us. She has been a highly valued employee for 20 years. We very much appreciate all she has done in her time with us and wish her well for the future. At the end of April we welcome a new nurse, Caitlin Magee, a local girl currently working in Theatre Recovery at Whanganui Hospital.


Surgery Closure: We will close 9 April from 1pm - 330 pm so that we can attend the Memorial Service of Paul Hays.


Welcome Mel Bass, our 6th year trainee doctor from Auckland University. Mel is with us until 4 May.


Flu vaccine update: These will be at the surgery in April, after the power outage scheduled in the area for April 15th, postponement date April 22.


We are hearing a few whispers that there are going to be no GP and nurse services here after Jim leaves at the end of June. NOT TRUE. As per the Ruapehu Bulletin article in February, the PHO are committed to providing on-going, high quality medical services here. We are working closely with them to make this happen. So, it will be same services from the same place. If you have questions, contact Petra or Frances on 06 3853240.


The computers are working again. Thanks to our brilliant staff for turning up to work each day not knowing if the day forward involved on-going stress and thanks to all the patients that extended understanding.


There has been a tremendous level of disruption this week due to major computer problems. We apologise and reassure you that we have our best minds working on it - locally, from Whanganui and from Auckland. There is no end in sight yet. Please bear patiently with us.


Flu vaccine update. Vaccines should be out early to mid April.


If you have had a SMEAR with us during February, remember to pick up the survey forms before Wednesday to go into the regional draw for a $50 grocery voucher. One of our patients has already won the weekly prize.


Hi to our fabulous community. If you are reading the Whanganui Chronicle today, you will see there is the news that Jim is finishing up as full time GP at the end of June. Medical services will continue, with the PHO we are under guiding things going forward. The Chronicle jumped the gun, unfortunately, as we had timed the announcement to come out in our local paper, the Ruapehu Bulletin, on Tuesday. Thanks to you all for your great support and encouragement over the years. We appreciate you. Petra 04/02/2018

Rural General Practice Team of the Year Award « RHAANZ – Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ

Rural General Practice Team of the Year 2018!
We are once The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa are looking for the best Rural General Practice Team of the Year as judged by the community. Last year one of the patients who nominated us won a great spot prize.

They are looking for stories from patients which demonstrate how their rural general practice team goes “above and beyond” providing health services to their rural communities.

Tell them why we deserve to win this award and both you and the team could win a great prize courtesy of New Zealand Doctor, New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, Health Promotion Agency and Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand.

Entries close 9 March 2018.

There are postcards at the front desk OR fill out the form online


What happens during a smear?

Staff role play what happens when you have a smear.


Smear promo Jan 2018

Staff have made 3 videos relating to cervical smear education and promotion.


Feb 2018 Smear clinic promo


Need a smear? We are opening late on Thursday 8 February (5pm - 630 pm) and there will only be women on site. Join our nurse Sue and Med Students Seini or Siobhan for with a 20 minute appointment. Phone us on 063854211 to book your slot. For some of you this will be free.


Ladies - if you wish to take advantage of having your smear done by someone you don't know, Seini and Siobhan are with us daily until the 7th of February. Don't forget that for some of you, your smear will be free.


Another new addition to our team is Bill. He may be contacting some of you by phone in relation to smoking cessation. Along with Jhan, he will usually be here on Fridays.


We have been joined by Seini and Siobhan, 2 Medical Students, so there are 2 extra staff here daily to help you out.


Phones are back on. Thanks Chorus.


Phone fault: Vodafone have still not diverted our phones, so if you are having trouble getting through to us, please come in person to the surgery.


Phones not working properly. We are having trouble with our phones. We are sorry to do this to you, but please come in to make an appointment.


We have 2 new Med students starting with us this week. Welcome to Seini and Siobhan. 07/12/2017


Need help? The following services are available anytime.

· 1737, need to talk?’ is New Zealand’s new national mental health & addictions helpline number. The 4-digit number is free to text or call anytime to talk with a trained counsellor


· CALM- Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

· Mental Health Foundation website Depression and anxiety affects us all differently, but you can find your own way to a better place. You can learn what is happening to you and how you can get help for anxiety or depression.


Thanks to our wonderful community for 30 years of encouragement and support. Jim and Petra and family


You may already be aware that New Zealand is in the early stages of a national outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis). Babies aged up to one are particularly vulnerable to whooping cough.

It’s important to raise awareness of timely immunisations as a crucial way for parents/whānau and pregnant women to protect their babies and children against whooping cough. Babies are at greatest risk when they are very young. When pregnant women are vaccinated, they pass their immunity on to their baby, protecting them until they are able to be immunised at 6 weeks.

From 1 January–10 November 2017, a total of 1315 cases of whooping cough were notified around the country. Of these cases, 82 were babies aged less than one year old. Half of these babies were hospitalised.

National whooping cough resources are available through HealthEd. More information aimed at the public is available on the Ministry’s webpages: Whooping Cough, hand washing, good hygiene.


Dr Corbett’s Christmas Holiday Hours
Dec 22 Closed at 1 pm
Dec 23 – 26 Closed & all afterhours go to Whanganui
Dec 27 – 29 Open (emergencies only)
Dec 30 – Jan 2 Closed
Jan 3 – 5 Open (emergencies only)
Jan 8 Open for normal business
Phone 063854211 for support


Want to talk to someone about vaccinations? There is a free phone line - 0800 IMMUNE (466 863), available Monday to Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm. You are welcome to call to find out any information you need, the advisors are qualified nurses with extensive immunisation and vaccine-preventable disease knowledge. There is also access to doctors with specialised knowledge, should that be needed.

Recent studies have shown that the HPV vaccine does not causes infertility in humans. Another study showed that the aluminium in vaccines doesn't cause autoimmune disease. (


We have a new physio in town: Anel from Physio Direct will be at Waimarino Health Centre in Raetihi between 1-3pm on Fridays. Call 0800 55 55 123 to book yourself in.



All pregnant women are eligible for a FREE Boostrix vaccination - This protects you and baby against whooping cough.
You can get this vaccination between your 28th and 38th week of pregnancy.

All pregnant women are eligible for a FREE flu vaccination at any time during their pregnancy.
We highly recommend this as your body's immunity reduces so that you can grow a baby inside of you.
You are more prone to getting infections, and a flu vaccine can protect you and your baby from potential serious harm.

If you have any questions, feel free to discuss this with a nurse or midwife today.


The Breastscreening Bus has had a poor turnout this time round. Please turn up before Wednesday if you want to make use of this service.


The Staff Hangout space taking shape.

Videos (show all)

What happens during a smear?
Smear promo Jan 2018
Feb 2018 Smear clinic promo




38 Seddon St

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm
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