East Tamaki Healthcare patients living in Takanini and surrounds now have access to their GP closer to home. Takanini Medical Centre started operation in October, but was officially opened on 5 December.

The new building is home to a GP clinic, physiotherapist, dentist and pharmacy with other health-minded tenants to come. The GP clinic has one receptionist, a clinic manager, a nurse, one GP and another GP-in-training.

East Tamaki Healthcare director Ranjna Patel says the new clinic was established in response to patient demand. “We have a lot of patients from the area that are registered with us already and this alleviates the pressure at the other centres,” Mrs Patel says.

The Takanini clinic is a satellite of East Tamaki Healthcare’s recently purchased Manurewa clinic. The Manurewa clinic was formerly owned by Maori health provider Raukura Hauora O Tainui. To honor the close ties that remain between East Tamaki Healthcare and Raukura Hauora O Tainui several board members and
representatives attended the opening ceremony on 5 December.

Raukura deputy board chair Tukuroirangi Morgan spoke at the ceremony, along with East Tamaki Healthcare director Rakesh Patel and Associate Minister of Health Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga – who cut the ribbon with Dr Kantilal Patel (pictured). The clinic, open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm. Open Saturdays 8.30am to 12noon.