Do you need help to ease migraine symptoms and prevent attacks. Find out when to get urgent care for a migraine.

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What are Migraines, and when do you need treatment?

Migraines are a debilitating neurological condition. Moreover, they affect every person differently. A migraine headache can range from uncomfortable to absolutely intolerable. Furthermore, they can interfere with day-to-day life.

It’s common to have symptoms of:

  • a severe headache and discomfort 
  • nausea
  • sensitive to light and sound.

What migraine support can I get from the Urgent Care team

Understandably, relief is the only thing on your mind when a migraine attacks.

Our GPs will assess your symptoms and can prescribe migraine medication if necessary. As there is an after-hours pharmacy onsite, you can pick up your prescription as you leave East Care.

It’s possible your GP will prescribe a funded medication such as: 

  • Metoclopramide
  • Ondansetron
  • Prochlorperazine (the buccal form is only partially funded)

Also, it’s good to have a toolkit to lessen the pain or make the symptoms bearable until your migraine medication starts to work. So check out our first aid tips.

Easily available over-the-counter medication which can help includes:

  • Paracetamol
  • Paracetamol plus caffeine
  • Soluble aspirin

First Aid for treating a Migraine

When a migraine sets in, fast treatment can help lessen the severity and duration of the attack. If you’re waiting for migraine medication to take effect, try these extra steps

  1. HYDRATE: Increasing your fluid intake is a first step. Naturally, water is best, but drink what you have available so long as it is non-alcoholic.
  2. COOL: A cold eye mask can make a huge difference. Choose a gel mask that you can keep on hand in the fridge. Use the mask for 5 to 20 minutes. Find a simple mask at your local chemist, or invest in a gel cap that can be heated as well as cooled.
  3. MASSAGE: Migraine pain can be eased with a neck and shoulder massage to target pressure points. Chat to your physiotherapist or an acupuncturist to help locate the best places to massage.
  4. SLEEP: Ultimately, the best remedy for migraine pain is often sleeping. Try adding magnesium to your diet which should help with pain but also aid quality sleep.
  5. TRIGGERS: Finally, when a migraine comes on, try to make a note of what might have triggered it. Note down unusual food or beverages you’ve consumed, changes to routine or stressors. This information will provide you with a bigger picture to look for a pattern of what triggers your migraine symptoms.
East Care Health Medical Centre urgent care Fees

How to contact us

  • Address: 260 Botany Road, Howick 2013, Auckland
  • Postal: PO Box 38306, Howick 2145, Auckland

Complementary onsite services

At our Botany Road premises, we offer a number of onsite services including a Pharmacy and Radiology to ensure your visit to the Centre is as stress free as possible.

Health care professionals providing advance care plans

Frequently asked questions

To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:

  • NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
  • International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration

On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.

Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.

This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.

Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.

The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:

Age Screening appointment GP appointment Total
0-13 yrs - 15 minutes
15 minutes
13-17 yrs - 15 minutes
15 minutes
18-39 yrs 15 minutes
15 minutes*
30 minutes
40+ yrs 15 minutes
30 minutes
45 minutes

* Note: if you have a chronic condition, please make a booking for 30 minutes.

Payment is required at the time of consultation

You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.

Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.

There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials

We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.

If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.

All consultations are by appointment only.

Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Please give us call on (09) 265 1325 or send us an email at info@ormistonmedical.co.nz, and we can set up your account.

We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).
Under 14 years free
14-17 years $14
18+ years $16
Urgent prescription $27.50
The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.

We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.

For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.

These are consultation prices only.

Under 14 Years - Free 14 - 17 years - $14 18 years & over - $16

Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.

We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.