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Low-cost GP service set to extend once again

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Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust’s low-cost GP service is set to extend once again.

He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre, which is run by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, has opened its doors to a brand new pharmacy, which is set to open early September.

The pharmacy is a joint initiative between Nga Kete and community pharmacists Steve Jo, Tae Song and Terry Son. Mr Jo said he had always dreamt of opening a pharmacy within a medical centre to enable medical professionals to work seamlessly together to look after whanau.

He and his business partners began searching for potential sites and approached Nga Kete’s CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha with the idea of opening a pharmacy on site if space allowed. Mrs Wright-Tawha was immediately on board with the idea.

Mr Jo said "we chose here because of the philosophy, the core values, and the willingness to work together. There is also a hub of services here that strengthen the total care of people, so the addition of a pharmacy will only strengthen our services and the entire team."

Tracey Wright-Tawha is looking forward to its opening, and said it would be a great addition to the service and its aspirations to build a hub the whole whanau can use.

Mrs Wright-Tawha said she was excited to be involved in a collaborative initiative with such a progressive team of entrepreneurial medical experts who work within the same values as Nga Kete - "patient and family-centered, and committed to providing efficient, friendly, quality access to our patients and community."

Work is currently being carried out on the pharmacy.

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