Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. Please note that we will not be offering phone appointments over the Easter Weekend (10-13 April). 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) until the end of April. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Client Contact Centre launched

Making our services easier to access.

Monday, November 18, 2013

National News

Today we launched stage one of a three stage plan to make our services easier to access.

A Client Contact Centre, based at our Hamilton office, has gone live this morning and is taking calls for the nine Auckland clinics and the clinic in Whangarei.

After just two hours this morning, more than 130 calls had been answered and 50 appointments made.

Chief executive Jackie Edmond says the Client Contact Centre is the first step in plans to make Family Planning services more widely available.

“Planning is already well underway for the next steps which will include a telephone nurse advice service and internet-based appointments,” Ms Edmond says.

Calls to some South Island Clinics will switch to the Client Contact Centre in mid-December with those in the remainder of the North Island switching over in 2014.

“Centralised appointment making has real advantages for our clients. Their calls are answered more quickly and the centre will be open for more hours each day.”

“Some clients told us they preferred to ring after normal business hours. And, for clients in centres such as Auckland, where we have a number of clinics, we're able to offer clients the chance to attend another of our clinics if an appointment is available more quickly,” Ms Edmond says.

“Our focus is particularly on young people and making sure they can get appointments where, when and how they need them.

We have already introduced drop in appointments across most of our clinics so young people can be seen without the need to make an appointment and the Client Contact Centre is the next step in this process.”

Ms Edmond says the organisation&'s decision to invest in making its services more accessible is in line with the Health Select Committee report released this week, which among other things recommends quicker and more widespread access to sexual and reproductive health services.

“Family Planning was 77 years old last month. We have a long history of being a sexual and reproductive health provider. We are very good at what we do, and our challenge is to keep adapting our clinical practises and client services to a rapidly changing environment and customer base.”

Ms Edmond says clients can expect more new developments in 2014.

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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