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Our History

The North Avon Medical Centre has been operating in Richmond, Christchurch, for over 60 years.

The North Avon Medical Centre has always been a family oriented medical centre committed to providing the highest standards of care to the local community. The practice cares for around 5000 patients covering a wide area in Christchurch.

The medical centre offers four doctors: Dr Hillary Gray, Dr Oliver Setchell, Dr Geraldine Campbell and Dr Jonathan Trip.

All general practitioner partners are vocationally trained in General Practice and Fellows of the Royal College of General Practice.

Doctors can provide home visits to patients who live in the practice area where this is needed.

“While in most cases a visit to the surgery is preferable and provides access to the facilities of the centre, we understand that sometimes people may be too unwell to come in.”

North Avon Medical Centre is a Pegasus practice and through this membership it provides a range of additional population health services.

It also has a close relationship with district nursing services and nursing specialist services. North Avon Medical Centre provides full nursing services and the practice has an onsite counsellor who works on a Thursday afternoon to provide free brief intervention counselling.

Other services include weight management programmes, sleep studies, maternity care, travel medicine, chronic disease management, accident care and chronic wound care and resthome and hospital care.

B4 School checks is another service offered to all four-year-old children who were born after August 1, 2004.

These checks are designed to identify any potential health, behaviour or learning issues that a child may have and then work along-side the family to enable the child to be as best prepared for school as possible.

The practice has a full range of testing and treatment equipment including an ECG, defibrillator, liquid nitrogen, minor surgical equipment and has a specialist area of sleep testing.

The practice operates as a team and has a strong commitment to providing high quality personal primary care.