don't let the flu get you
Flu vaccines are now available! These are free for everyone over 65, pregnant women, and people with certain long term conditions including:
• current invasive cancer
• cardiovascular disease
• respiratory disease requiring preventative inhaler therapy
• renal disease
Children from the age of 6 months can also have the flu vaccine (dosage may vary - check with your practice nurse).
Ask your doctor or practice nurse if you qualify for a free vaccine and make an appointment today.
caring for you & your family
Our GP clinics provide general medical services for the whole family. GPs are available by appointment, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Enrolled patients can access our services at either Bayfair Doctors or Papamoa Doctors as our computers and files are linked. Being able to enrol with our practice and access services seven days a week ensures our patients are not required to pay high casual rates for weekend and after-hour consultations. Our patients receive a premium, professional standard of care from our experienced team of general practitioners, nurses, and reception team.
At weekends we invite patients to visit us at Bayfair Doctors.
walk-in accident & medical
Our accident and medical clinic is available seven days a week at Bayfair Doctors for anyone who needs to visit a doctor, from 8.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 5.00pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
This clinic provides medical services to anyone who requires minor urgent care, has had an accident or requires medical attention outside of normal opening hours. It operates on a 'no appointment necessary' basis with seriously ill patients receiving priority treatment. In the case of an emergency, always call 111.
X-ray services are available close by and many fractures can be plastered on-site.
Please note: we are not able to complete Work and Income forms, Immigration Medicals, Driver's License Medicals or Insurance Medicals in the walk-in accident and medical clinic. These consultations are best completed with your regular general practitioner. Please ask our reception team to book an appointment for you through our general practitioner clinics.
dr desmond thompson
MBBS MSc MFSEM(UK) DRCOG MRCGP FRNZCGP
Desmond joined Baymed Doctors in 2011, having previously lived in London all his life. He trained at Bart's Hospital, qualifying in 1983 and then trained in general practice. His work covered the whole breadth of general practice from new born babies to care of the elderly. Desmond believes that building relationships with patients and their families is the cornerstone of good general practice.
In addition, driven by his own collection of rugby injuries, Desmond completed a MSc. in sports medicine and was Team Doctor to Millwall F.C. for nine years, seeing the team through promotion, relegation and to the FA Cup Final in 2004.
He is keen to use his sports medicine skills for his patients at Baymed. Outside of work, Desmond, his wife Anne and three grown up children are enjoying the outdoor opportunities that NZ has to offer and in addition to honing his fly fishing skills, he hopes to return to scuba diving and learn how to kayak.
healthy heart checks
Our nurses are trained in performing well person's heart checks. You will be asked to have a blood test before the check up to measure your sugar and cholesterol levels. Dietary and lifestyle advice is available. It is recommended that heart checks be completed for:
- All men between 45 and 65 years of age
- All women between 55 and 65 years of age
These age limits are reduced for men older than 35 and women older than 45 if you are:
- Maori/Pacific/Indian, or
- Have a family history of blood vessel disease (eg parents or siblings with diabetes, heart disease or stroke), or
- Have personal risk factors eg hypertension, high cholesterol, current or recent smoker, history of diabetes in pregnancy
- A person with polycystic ovary syndrome, impaired sugar blood tests, or overweight (BMI>=30)
dr inge lempke
Inge was born in Germany and graduated from medical school in 1986. From there she spent four years in the UK specialising in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology. She returned to Germany in 1990 and worked as a family GP in her own surgery.
Her love for England made her go back where she joined a busy surgery in Suffolk. In 2011 Inge wanted a change of lifestyle and what better place to settle but the vibrant and sunny Bay of Plenty. She initially worked in Tokoroa and Matamata general practices.
She is a family GP with all her heart, with a special interest in diabetes care, cardiovascular disease, woman’s health, paediatrics and end of life care. She is fully trained in psychotherapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy herbal medicine and is a dietician.
Her other interests include motorsports, nature walks, sailing and exploring beautiful NZ.
diabetes management advice
Qualified specialist diabetes nurses are available to provide advice and assistance to our diabetes patients.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes you will receive advice, monitoring and education. Early treatment is available to help prevent worsening of the disease or associated complications.
Our doctors and diabetes nurse encourage all diabetes patients to complete an annual diabetes check up with the diabetes nurse. This check-up involves assessment of diabetes control and ensures regular retinal screening and diabetic foot screening.
Some diabetes patients are eligible for our diabetes case management programme. Please ask your doctor or diabetes nurse if this is available to you.
Baymed supports and refers diabetes patients to the local Wellness diabetes self-management programme.
For further information on diabetes, check out www.diabetes.co.nz
Qualified nurse smear takers are able to offer cervical smears under the cervical screening programme guidelines. Nurse-led cervical smear clinics are available at either practice during the day and occasionally on the weekends for women unable to attend the clinics during the day.
Regular cervical smear tests are recommended for women from the age of 20 years until they turn 70 years if they have ever been sexually active. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers. A women’s best protection against developing cervical cancer is having regular cervical smear tests.
For more information on Women's health, check out this website:
beach walk for breast cancer
Well done to the staff from Papamoa and Bayfair Doctors who recently took part in the Papamoa Beach walk for breast cancer.
An ECG is a recording of your heart's electrical activity. Electrode patches are attached to your skin to measure the electrical impulses given off by your heart. The result is a trace that can be read by a doctor. It can give information of previous heart attacks or problems with the heart rhythm.
ECG’s are available at Bayfair and Papamoa Doctors at the request of your GP.