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Tuapeka Community Health

Primary Healthcare Service, Community Health


Covid-19 vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Eligible GP enrolled patients only
  • By invitation only

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics are held at Tuapeka Community Health every Thursday evening. Please call (03) 485 9050 to make a booking.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines.

The majority of routine vaccinations can now be administered before, after, or at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccinations. The exception to this is the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine where a 7-day gap before or after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 is advised. If you have any questions, please discuss with your health provider.

Covid-19 testing

GP practice - enrolled and casual patients

This practice provides Covid-19 testing to enrolled and casual patients. Please call the practice for more information.

Testing for Travel

This clinic provides pre-departure testing for people who are travelling. Please call to book an appointment.


Tuapeka Community Health is our community-owned medical centre and rest home in Lawrence. Our dedicated staff provide high-quality medical care and community health services to the Tuapeka community. With personal attention and people you know and trust in the safety and comfort of your community, it really is rural health care at its best!


Tuapeka Community Health - Medical Centre & Rest Home

Manager:  Allana Wallis

Our clinical team is made up of our GP Dr Ruth Alberts (see details below under “General Practitioners”) and:

Nurse Practitioner:  Lorna Scoon

Nursing Team:  Konica Ponsonby (Registered Nurse - Clinical Nurse Lead), Bri Clulee (Registered Nurse - Practice Nurse), Emma Wightman (Registered Nurse - District Nurse) and Terri Martin (Registered Nurse - District Nurse)

Receptionists:  Adele Cotton and Melinda Cummings


  • Dr Ruth Alberts

    General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered & Urgent Care Physician

Enrolling new patients


This practice is enrolling new patients.


Enrolled Patient Fees

Under 14 yearsFree
14-17 years$35
18-24 years$45
25-44 years$45
45-64 years$45
65+ years$45
  • The fees quoted above relate to patients enrolled with Tuapeka Community Health only.
  • The payable fee relates to a standard 15-minute consultation during normal working hours.
  • If the duration of the consultation is greater than 15 minutes, an extended consultation fee will apply.


Casual Patient Consultations (with GP or NP)

 Age Group Patient Co-payment
Under 14 Years $35
14+ - 65+ Years $90
Community Services Card Holders 14+ Years $70
  • The fees quoted above relate to patients who utilise the services of Tuapeka Community Health on a casual basis and/or are registered with a medical practice elsewhere.
  • The fee payable relates to a standard 15-minute consultation during normal working hours.
  • If the duration of the consultation is greater than 15 minutes, an extended consultation fee will apply.


ACC Charges (with GP or NP)

 Age Group Patient Co-payment
Under 14 Years Free
14+ Years - First Visit $30
14+ Years - Subsequent Visits $20
Community Services Card Holders 18+ Years $19.50
  • The fees quoted above relate to any consultations covered by ACC
  • You do not have to be enrolled with Tuapeka Community Health to access services funded by ACC. Therefore, the fees above relate to everyone.


Mon – Wed8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Thu8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm and Thursday 8:30am to 1pm & Late Night Clinic 3:00pm to 7:30pm (the medical centre will be closed every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm).

If you phone (03) 485 9050 outside of these hours your call will be answered by Telehealth, who will direct you to the most appropriate after-hours care.

Please do not come to the medical centre (or rest home) if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. CALL US FIRST and we will let you know what to do.

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Otago Anniversary (21 Mar), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM). Open 21 Dec (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM). Open 22 Dec (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM). Open 23 Dec (8:30 AM – 7:30 PM). Open 24 Dec (8:30 AM – 1:00 PM). Closed 25 Dec — 4 Jan. Open 5 Jan (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM). Open 6 Jan (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM). Open 7 Jan (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM).

Preferred urgent care clinic out of hours: Dunedin Urgent Doctors & Accident Centre.

Languages Spoken


Services Provided

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Eligible GP enrolled patients only
  • By invitation only

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics are held at Tuapeka Community Health every Thursday evening. Please call (03) 485 9050 to make a booking.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you…


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Minor Surgery

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IUCD Insertion

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Travel Advice / Immunisations

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Patient Portal

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Aged residential care

  • Rest home care
  • Respite

We have five permanent beds at our "boutique" rest home at Tuapeka Community Health. These beds are rest home level care.

We have two respite beds available at our rest…


Community nursing

  • Cervical screening
  • Diabetes
  • Palliative care
  • Wound care

End of life care

Home support

  • Meals

We provide a Meals On Wheels service to our community. For $10 ($8 subsidised) you can have a lovely, fresh, home-cooked meal delivered to your door by the friendly Meals…


Wheelchair Access



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43 Whitehaven Street, Lawrence

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43 Whitehaven Street
Otago 9532

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43 Whitehaven Street
Otago 9532

This page was last updated at 10:04AM on November 15, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Tuapeka Community Health.