Media Release


Monday 9 September 2019


Queenstown measles update


The total number of confirmed Queenstown measles cases is still 15 in total.


As yet there are no further confirmed measles cases within the Southern DHB region.


Currently we are aiming to contain the Queenstown measles outbreak and stop it spreading into other areas.


Southern DHB’s Medical Officer of Health Dr Susan Jack is asking everyone in the community to do their bit to stop measles spreading and protect people who can’t be vaccinated due to age, allergies and medical conditions.


“If you are a contact of a confirmed case and asked to be in isolation then please follow those instructions. Or, if you suspect you might have measles, you need to isolate yourself until you know for sure. Don’t go to the medical centre or emergency department, call ahead for advice or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.”


She adds that unvaccinated people need to be aware that they could be contagious before they display symptoms, “if you are not vaccinated and have had contact with a measles case, you need to be isolated for 14 days”.


A drop-in vaccination clinic will operate in Queenstown tomorrow (10 September) at:


Lakes District Hospital

20 Douglas Street Frankton

3:30 – 8:00 pm


The clinic is for MMR vaccines for anyone who is unvaccinated or those older than four years old who have only had one vaccination. The clinic will not provide early vaccinations to children younger than 4 years old or 15 months old. The normal vaccination schedule of one MMR at 15 months and one MMR at 4 years should continue to be followed.


The Ministry of Health and PHARMAC put a temporary pause on measles vaccine orders scheduled to be distributed on Monday 9 September while a stocktake of the distribution of vaccines in each DHB region is completed.


The Immunisation Advisory Centre has provided up to date information about measles immunity and the MMR vaccine on their website:



For more information on measles please visit the Ministry of Health website.



For further information, please contact:

Southern DHB Senior Communications Advisor Vanessa Barratt

027 836 4718 or email:



Community Services Card

The Community Services Card (CSC) can help individuals and their families with the costs of health care. It entitles the holder and their family to a reduction in the cost of some health services and prescriptions.

The Community Services Card is administered by Work and Income on behalf of the Ministry of Health.


Applications for a CSC are assessed by Work and Income. Eligible people include:

  • those 16 years or over (not a dependent child)
  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • those who normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
  • those who have or have applied for, refugee or protection status.

They also need to be:

  • on a low income, or
  • living in public housing, or
  • receiving an accommodation supplement.

For more information please visit the Work and Income website or call 0800 999 999.

Some SuperGold Card holders may have a Combo card that includes their CSC details and expiry date on the back of their card.

People who think they might be eligible for a CSC can contact the Work and Income call centre on 0800 999 999.

Repeat Presciptions

If you require a new prescription, phone and talk to our nurses BUT please ensure that you do this at least two days before your medication runs out.If you require a prescription urgently (on the same day), it will cost you more. The charges below are for enrolled patients, the cost is more for casual patients.

Our current prescription charges are:

Collection from us                  $20

Faxed to pharmacy                 $22

Urgent/Same day request        $26

Faxed to pharmacy                 $30

Test Results

Please be aware that if you are calling for your test results that you are to call between 3-5pm for these please. The nurses are too busy in the mornings and have time set aside in the afternoon specially for results. Your help with doing this is appreciated 

Maternal & Maori Health

Here at Kurow Medical Centre e have a real focus for you, on maternal and Maori Health. We have a range of information pamphlets available on maternal health, helping you get the best out of your pregnancy and early days with your new baby.

It is important to be the best you can be during this time, so you can offer your newborn the best possible start to life. It is important to consider your diet, your excercise, your smoking, your support networks and all that encompasses pregancy. We can help you if you have any questions and support you with tests required in the early days, and putting you onto a midwife.

Maori Health, from all angles, is important to us here at Kurow Medical Centre. We aim to support you with all we can, and have loads of resources avaialable to you in Te Reo.  We also have many consultations that are subsidised or free, so ask at reception


Once your new baby is 6 weeks old, you are advised to commence immunisation as per the NZ schedule of registered and funded vaccines to prevent contracting the main and prevalent diseases that affect young children. If your immunisations are over 2 weeks late they become more urgent and we will give you more frequent reminders. So please, if it’s due, contact us to arrange an appointment. It’s in your babies best interests. There are also several others available such as Rotovirus, Chicken Pox and Boostrix for whooping cough. Contact us for more information on any of this 

Public Holiday Closures

We are closed on Public Holidays but have emergency cover 24/7 from our GP's or PRIME Nurses.

Flu Notice 





Now that we are heading into a new flu (influenza) season Kurow Medical Centre and satellite clinics in Twizel and Omarama would like to inform all our patients of the following:

Flu vaccines are now in stock and available to anyone wishing to get immunised. Please be aware that funding for the flu vaccine does not kick in until 1 st April so anyone who is eligible for a free shot wanting to get immunised before 1 st April will be charged a small fee.

Points to note about the Flu:

The flu can be a serious and sometimes life-threatening viral infection!

The flu virus is very easy to catch and can affect anyone - it doesn't matter how fit and healthy you or your child are.

It can spread through the air by coughing and sneezing as well as by hands, cups and other objects that have been in contact with an infected person's mouth or nose.

Regular hand washing, covering mouths when coughing and keeping sick people away from healthy people will also reduce the spread of flu.

All adults and children from 6 months of age can benefit from yearly flu immunisation.

It is especially important, and free for pregnant women, anyone over the age of 65 and adults and children with certain chronic conditions who may develop complications from the flu. If you do not have an eligible condition, you still benefit from an influenza immunisation available, at a small cost.

Make sure your family is ready to prevent the flu each year!

Please contact us to book in or for more information. 

Shingles Vaccine


Now available and eligible for certain patients between 65 and 80 yrs. Please contact us for further information.

Cervical Screening Tests

Many of you women will know that this is one of the most important tests you can get done to help keep in check with your health.

We are lucky to have 3 staff who are qualified to provide these tests for you. If you want to book in and get up to date, or to keep your current regime going then call us to arrange a time.  We are here to provide just a chat too, if you are nervous or wish to know more about it, especially if its your first one.

For more information on these tests check out the national website for up to date information and advice.


Breastscreen Aotearoa

We recently had the Breastscreening team in their bus here at Kurow.  They only stayed for 4 days this time, so we hoped that we were able to make all of you who are eligible for a mammogram aware and screened at this time.

However if you missed out, and you are between 45 - 70yrs of age, please feel free to get in touch and find out how we can help you get up to date, set a recall in place,  arrange a mammogram or keep you informed of the bus's whereabouts as it can often be close by in Oamaru. 

Handy Hint

This is a great tool to use if you are an iPhone user and here is how to use it.  If you have the new iOS8 update go to 'Health' app then click the medical ID down the bottom right hand corner then put your details in and your next of kin and it will be able to be seen even on the lock screen