Primary Care

As general practitioners, we recognise the crucial role you play in referring patients to the right specialist and, in turn, the right hospital.

What makes us the ‘right’ hospital? When referring a patient to specialist and hospital care you want to be sure they'll be in the safest hands possible. You want to know they'll be cared for by dedicated, compassionate staff, in modern facilities, with exemplary post-operative management.

Our excellent staff always strive to exceed your patients’ expectations for the short time they are in our care.  We understand that everything matters and an optimal patient experience is imperative.

In this section, you will find relevant and useful information for your referral process; you can also find the latest information about our CME activities for General Practitioners including the Goodfellow Symposium.

Continuing Medical Education

Earn Professional Development Points with MercyAscot and the Goodfellow Unit.

We’re extremely proud to be active supporters of primary care through our work with specialists to provide ongoing MercyAscot Education (CME) sessions.  For further detail about the MercyAscot Education Series

Our Newsletters

Our General Practice Updates are designed to provide you with advance notice of our CME events. In each issue we may also cover other items of interest to General Practice e.g. new services at MercyAscot - especially services which you can directly refer your private patients in to. 

If you would like to receive early notice of MercyAscot CME events, please e-mail your details (name, practice, mobile) to: and you will be added to the distribution list for future CME e-newsletters.

17 July

Malignant Ulcer of the mouth – What you need to know

Dr Muammar Abu-Serriah, Oral, Maxillofacial Head & Neck Surgeon explains the signs and symptoms of mouth ulcers and when it is necessary to refer.

16 July

What is sialadenitis?


Dysfunction of the major salivary glands is common and causes significant morbidity when present.

11 July

Head and Neck Cancer: role of clinical nurse specialist & dietitian

Patients having treatment for head and neck cancer have increased nutritional requirements, especially to aid wound healing.

11 July

Neck Lumps: How not to miss neck cancerCancer

Head and neck carcinoma is on the rise and is now the fifth most common cancer worldwide. In New Zealand between 2000 and 2010....

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider Procedures

Southern Cross Affiliated Providers (APs) are doctors, specialists or medical facilities contracted to provide Southern Cross members with certain healthcare services at agreed prices.

MercyAscot has Affiliated Provider agreements with Southern Cross to provide the following services:


  • Primary Hip Joint Replacement (unilateral)
  • Primary Knee Joint Replacement (unilateral)
  • Total Knee Replacement with Image Guidance (unilateral)
  • Hemi Knee Joint Replacement (unilateral)



  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Valve Replacements
  • Valvuloplasty



  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia repair



  • Adenoidectomy
  • Endoscopic Modified Lothrop
  • Tonsillectomy
  • FESS
  • Septoplasty



  • Excision of Skin Lesion on Face or Body (under general anaesthetic)



  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Polypectomy
  • Sigmoidoscopy



  • Laser Resection of Prostate
  • Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)
  • Transperineal Saturated Prostate Biopsy
  • Transurethral Resection Bladder Tumour (TURBT)
  • Circumcision
  • Nephrectomy (Laparoscopic or Open)



  • Varicose Veins surgery



  • Teeth Extraction (impacted or unerupted only)



  • Carpal Tunnel Release (under local or general anaesthetic)



  • Neck Lump Clinic
  • Vascular Wound Clinic