Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Ingarangi me Kanata nga whakapaparanga mai
Ko Hertfordshire te whenua tupu
Kei Ōākura au e nohu ana
E Mihi ana ki ngā tohu o nehe, o Taranaki e noho nei au
He Tākuta tamariki au i Te Whatu Ora Taranaki
Ko Vicky George taku ingoa
Tēnā tatou katoa
I am an experienced Paediatrician and mother of three wonderful children.
I graduated with my medical degree from Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, in July 2004. My first paediatric job was in the Waikato in August 2005 and I have been working in the Paediatrics ever since.
I am a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Paediatrics and Child Health division.
The Paediatric Department in Te Whatu Ora Taranaki has been where I have been working, since January 2020.
I have worked in General Paediatrics, Neonatal Units, Community and Developmental Paediatric clinics in Hamilton, Jersey (Channel Islands), London, Wellington and New Plymouth. I have specialist interests in Neurodiversity including ADHD, ASD and child development. I have experience in supporting sleep issues and breastfeeding in babies and young children.
Having recently completed some Public Health papers this year at University of Auckland on Māori Health and Population Health. I strive to be a supportive, non-judgemental ally to all.
I look forward to meeting you.
INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR WHANAU
I offer Paediatric clinical assessment which includes history and examination, investigations and planning. For all assessments I send out a history and development questionnaire in order to optimise our time and get some background prior to the appointment. If the issues are developmental or learning based I can also send a questionnaire to the preschool/school in order to get an idea of the levels they are achieving, and the issues their teachers are experiencing. It is helpful for you to find out the email contact of the teacher who is best able to answer these questions, and ask them to look for the email.
For ADHD assessments we send out Conners 4 questionnaires via email to two of the options of school, parents and self (self for older children or those who have left full time education.) These questionnaires cost an extra amount, payable prior to, and separately from the appointment, but enable an objective review of attention and behaviour in different situations. The cost for this is $30 total.
Prior to your appointment I will ask for permission to access your medical records at Taranaki Base Hospital.
Making an Appointment:
Bookings are made via the admin team, email email@example.com Ph 06 753 9505 ext 761. You may need to leave a message. The admin team work Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Appointments are available on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Follow up appointments can be face to face or telephone consults.
At this time I am not able to offer advice over email.
Funding and Payment:
Payment for Conner’s 4 questionnaires, $30, is payable prior to the appointment. Payable to Taranki Paediatrics, Acc No. 03-1566-0081086-003. Use your child’s name as a reference please.
Payment for the appointment is required on the day of the appointment unless a prior arrangement has been made.
If you are a Southern Cross Insurance member Admin will do a pre-approval of your care and let you know if there is any money owing e.g. shortfall or excess depending on the plan you have. If you have medical insurance with another company please check their refund system.
What to bring:
Any previous medical letters from specialists not available through Te Whatu Ora Taranaki.
An accurate list of current medications including vitamins and supplements.
Simple Initial Consultation $400
Simple Follow up Consultation $250
Complex Initial Consultation $580
Complex Follow up Consultation $410
Telehealth Follow up consultation $230
6 week Well Child check $150
Conners 4 questionnaires (ADHD) $30
Admin will advise you prior to the appointment whether your referral classes you as a simple or complex assessment, and whether Conners 4 questionnaires will be helpful.
There are some extra fees for more in depth Developmental and Autism assessments. These will be discussed prior to the appointment as they are not always needed.
ADHD and more complex cases will likely require follow up appointments in order to complete the assessment, prior to discharge to GP ongoing management.
If you would like to discuss significant concerns in your baby check it is better to book a longer appointment so we have time to address these properly.
*fees are inclusive of GST and are accurate at time of publishing, September 2023.