The Doctors Fred Thomas

Welcome to our practice

At The Doctors Fred Thomas we work with you to help make your future healthy. When health issues or accidents happen, we’re there to provide the care, advice and support you need. As your family doctor we’ve designed our modern, well-equipped medical centre with you in mind, centrally located on the North Shore. We also have a satellite clinic The Doctors Hauraki Corner with whom we share a close relationship. 

COVID-19 Notice: while we are in Alert Level 2 our consults will be through phone or video, and in person when you need them. 

Phone 09 972 9020 to book appointments. To ensure everyone gets the help they need, we'll be screening all appointment requests which may involve calling you back with more details.

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We’re providing our service in a new way to ensure you and your whanau remain safe. We're doing our part to support the COVID-19 response so when you phone us or visit the clinic we will ask if you have any cough, cold, or flu-like symptoms or if you're concerned about COVID-19 - let us know. This doesn't mean we think you have coronavirus, it's simply a small step we're taking to ensure we continue to keep our community safe and healthy. 

We're doing COVID-19 testing, our practice is safe to visit

Safety is our priority. We are doing testing for COVID-19 and it's done in your car where possible or in an isolation room if an assessment is required.

This means when you visit us for other medical issues you won’t be exposed in any way. We have strict infection prevention standards in place, meaning staff are regularly wiping surfaces and keeping the practice clean and germ-free.

Our practices nearby are designated COVID-19 Testing Stations

The Doctors Red Beach, The Doctors WaimaukuThe Doctors New Lynn, The Doctors Onehunga, The Doctors Ti Rakau, The Doctors Middlemore

Choice of appointments and how to book them

 
In Person
 
Video
 
Phone

Enrol With Us

We warmly welcome new patients

When you enrol with us, some of the benefits include:

  • Reminders and recalls for important health management
  • Pay less to see the doctor than non-enrolled patients
  • Access to our online patient portal to book appointment, order repeat prescriptions and to view lab test results
  • There is more information here about why it’s great to be enrolled

Enrol Online

There’s no need to come into the clinic, you can enrol online - it’s secure and confidential. The online form will guide you and you will need to upload suitable identification. Get started here: Enrol Online

Paper Enrolment

Paper enrolment forms are available at reception or download here: Paper Enrolment Form

Complete all sections and email it to us including suitable identification or bring it in to the centre before your first visit.

Not enrolled but need an appointment? 

You can still get an appointment even if you are not enrolled with us e.g. if you’re a visitor to the region. Just phone our friendly team for a casual appointment.  Extra charges apply for casual appointments when you are not enrolled.

General information about enrolling with us

Online Patient Portal

Are you registered for the online portal?

When you’re enrolled with us you can register for this portal, called Manage My Health (MMH). Then, any time you like 24/7 you can:

  • book appointments
  • request repeat scripts
  • view lab test results

Phone reception 09 972 9020 to start your registration

Here’s How to Complete Your Registration  and How to Use The Portal

Our Services

Family Medicine

 

Our Services

  • General Health and Wellness
  • Minor Surgery
  • Immunisations
  • Womens Health
  • Chronic Disease Management

Flu Vaccination

 

Women's Health

Health Checks

Contraceptive advice

Our doctors and nurses are able to discuss and cater for most of your contraceptive needs:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Depo Provera injections
  • IUCD (intra uterine contraceptive device) - this includes Copper, Mirena and Jaydess
  • Emergency contraception

Family Planning

Your GP can advise you on all aspects of family planning.

Cervical Screening aged 20-69yrs

You have the choice for a nurse or GP to do this for you at a time that suits you. This can include sexual health screening.

Breast Screening from age 40yrs - funded mammograms age 45-69yrs

Best practice recommends you get your breasts checked with your GP prior to your mammogram.

Early pregnancy

Consult your GP for early pregnancy care under 12 weeks gestation. Also see our services through Circle Maternity.

Menopause

Discuss with your GP how to manage your menopause.

Men's Health

Youth Health

  • Healthy lifestyle choices'
  • Exam stress
  • Vaccinations

Dont Assume You're Immune. If your teen is about to leave school, now is a good time to check they are up to date with their immunisations before they move onto work, further education or travel. Visit the website getimmunised.org.nz for more information.

HPV vaccination:

From the 1st of January 2017, HPV (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine) immunisation will be funded for everyone aged 9 – 26 (inclusive) including boys and young men. The HPV vaccination is a course of 3 injections and is free if the 1st injection is prior to the 27th birthday. The HPV vaccine will be offered to boys and girls as part of the school based programme in Year 8 around the age of 12. HPV immunisation will be available and free through general practices from 9 years of age through to age 26. 

The Doctors at Fred Thomas health are committed to this program and will be contacting eligible patients over the next 12months. HPV viruses are common and cause skin and mucous membrane infection. 4 out of 5 people are infected with HPV during their lifetime usually within the first 2 years of commencing sexual activity. HPV viruses can lead to diseases such as genital warts and HPV related cancers such as cervical, vulval and vaginal cancer, penile cancer and cancers of the tongue and oropharynx.

If you would like further information or would like to start the course of vaccinations please contact the Nurses on 09-972 9020.

Long Term Condition Care and Support

  • Diabetics management and checks
  • Insulin starts
  • All respiratory conditions and COPD
  • All heart failure care
  • Care Plus - a lifestyle plan that includes 4 regular follow-ups

Medicals

  • Driver’s licence medicals
  • Insurance medicals
  • Pre-employment medicals

Minor Surgery

Many conditions do not need to be referred to a specialist or hospital. The Doctors Fred Thomas GPs offer fast and competent removal and biopsies of skin lesions, lumps and bumps. Other services include removal of benign moles and skin tags and ingrown toenail surgery. If your insurance company is Southern Cross then we use the "Easy-Claim" process and the insurance company is directly billed.

Respiratory Health

  • Asthma and COPD care
  • Spirometry

Sexual Health and STIs

Confidential consultations

Travel Health Services - Vaccines and Documents

The Doctors Fred Thomas has staff trained in all aspects of travel health services. Contact us 4-6 weeks before setting off, click here for our Travel Health Questionnaire.

What do our Travel Health Services include?

  • Specific travel advice tailored to the travellers needs to plan for a healthy and safe trip
  • General travel advice on such issues as deep vein thrombosis, jet lag, traveller’s diarrhoea, altitude sickness
  • Advice on accident and injury prevention
  • Advice on women’s health issues such as pregnancy and flying and HIV considerations
  • Advice on specific diseases and illnesses relating to the traveller’s destination, including malaria, rabies, hepatitis and more
  • Pre-travel vaccinations - get the right vaccines, medications and advice for the right countries
  • Manage complicated medical issues, families, school groups or business travel
  • Post-travel health needs or illnesses
  • Travel consultations are a non-funded service for both adults and children

Please contact our medical centre directly for Travel Health services pricing.

Ear Suctioning - at Hauraki Corner

Modern ear wax removal is easier than the ear syringing of old, it is safer and considered more comfortable.

Three days before ear suction you will need to apply either waxsol or olive oil - or Na HCO3 ear drops (available on prescription) to both ears three times a day to soften wax.

The cost is $65.00. Please contact us on 09 972 9020 or info@fthealth.co.nz to book an appointment.


FAQs


1. What is ear wax removal by microsuction?

Ear wax removal by microsuction involves an Ear Nurse using a light and microscope to view inside the ear canal. Upon viewing, a thin suction tube is used to vacuum up ear wax or debris. Other instruments may be also be used to expertly pluck wax or debris from your ear.


2. What will happen during my appointment?

The aim of wax removal by microsuction is to safely and gently clear the ear canal of ear wax (cerumen) and other debris.
Your appointment will take approximately 15-30 minutes. Your Ear Nurse will explain the procedure. Please ask questions if you have any.
You asked to recline or lie flat and to remain very still. The nurse will look into your ear canal using a microscope. 
The nurse will direct vision and light using a small cone placed in your ear.
A small metal tube attached to a suction unit will be carefully placed in your ear canal.
The suction will make a windy noise.
Wax and debris will be gently and carefully removed.
Your nurse might use forceps, probes and other equipment if necessary.


3. What is the experience like?

People describe the experience as tickling with windy, squeaky, popping sounds. If your ear canal is sensitive or inflamed due to infection , it may at times be a little uncomfortable. You may feel dizzy momentarily if cold air comes into contact with your eardrum during suction. A light touch of your ear canal during the procedure might cause you to feel like coughing.
If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the microsuction procedure, please let the nurse know so he or she can ensure everything is okay.


4. How often should you have it done?

Every individual produces varying amounts and types of ear wax. Therefore the Ear Nurse will ask you some questions, and advise how often you should have your ear wax removed.

Standard Hours

Monday to Friday:   8am - 5pm - temporary COVID hours

After Hours

For after hours care please visit www.shorecare.co.nz for more information. ShoreCare 24/7 Urgent Care Clinic at Smales Farm. 

Satellite Clinic - The Doctors Hauraki Corner

Address: 308 Lake Road, Hauraki Corner, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
Hours: Monday to Friday:  8.30am - 5pm

If you have a medical emergency, call 111

Patient Fees

Standard GP Consultation Monday - Friday

Age (years) Enrolled Casual
with CSC
Casual
 Non CSC
ACC
Enrolled
 
Child 0 - 13 FREE $65  $65 FREE  
14 - 17 years $37 $80  $85 $36  
18 - 24 years $53 $85  $100 $49  
25 - 64 years $63.50 $85  $100 $53  
65+ years $58 $85  $100 $49  

 

 

Payment is due at the time of consultation. 
CSC = Community Services Card holder

Non Residents, all ages = $125

 

 

Pay Online

Good news, paying online is easy. 

You can pay securely using a credit or debit card or internet banking (Account2Account payments) - just click below to make a payment.  Payment is due on the day of your appointment. In addition to paying online you can pay in person at the centre with cash, eftpos and credit card.

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Our Team

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  • Dr Jonathan Coleman

    Dr Jonathan Coleman

    Dr Jonathan Coleman knows the North Shore community well, and has an interest in all aspects of family medicine. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Auckland and also has a Diploma of Obstetrics.

  • Dr Alice Vermunt

    Dr Alice Vermunt

    Dr Alice Vermunt join The Doctors Fred Thomas at the beginning of August 2020. She completed her medical degree at The University of Auckland and she has worked in hospitals throughout Auckland. She is currently completing her 3rd and final year of GP training. Recently, Alice completed a Diploma in Palliative Care at Harbour Hospice, which is her special interest area, along with women's health

  • Dr Dr Oliver Allfree

    Dr Dr Oliver Allfree

    MB ChB (Auckland) GPEP2 Registrar

    Oliver is a GPEP2 registrar who joined us in January 2020. He is a local to the North Shore having grown up and completed his training here and has just moved back from a practice in Waiuku. He takes pride in being a generalist but especially enjoys cardiorespiratory health, mental health, children’s health and dermatology with a special interest in skin cancer and dermoscopy.  Away from work he is a keen musician and multi-instrumentalist, an avid follower of cricket and a boardgame enthusiast.

    He can be found working across both Fred Thomas and Hauraki Corner practices

  • Dr Miriam Jobson

    Dr Miriam Jobson

    MBChB (Otago), Dip Paed (Auckland), GPEP registrar

    Miriam is a GPEP2 registrar returning to Fred Thomas in August 2018 having completed the first half of the GPEP1 year with us. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has a particular interest in women’s and children’s health. She completed her Diploma in Paediatrics (Auckland) in 2015.

    Outside of work Miriam can be found playing or watching netball, at the gym, having coffee with friends, or curled up with a book.

  • Dr Arthur Young

    Dr Arthur Young

    MB ChB (Otago); Dip Obst (Auckland); FRNZCGP

    Dr Arthur Young’s special interests are family medicine and minor surgery. Dr Young has been in practice on the Shore for over 30 years and is a Fellow with the Royal NZ College of GPs. He is currently working 3 days a week at Hauraki Corner. 

    On his days off he enjoys his golf, family, his granddaughters and wine tasting.

     

  • Dr Upeksha Settinayake

    Dr Upeksha Settinayake

    MB ChB (Auckland), PG Cert Women

    Dr Upeksha Settinayake has special interests in family medicine, women's health, geriatrics and palliative care. She has also previously worked as a high school doctor and enjoys working with young people.  She obtained Fellowship of the Royal NZ College of GPs in 2016.  In her spare time she enjoys creative writing and travel.

  • Dr Tracey Opperman

    Dr Tracey Opperman

    MB ChB (Auckland), FRNZCGP Family Medicine

    Dr Tracey Opperman has special interests in family health, children and women's health, and care of the elderly. Tracey has been in general practice since 2000 and is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs. She has two teenagers and enjoys gardening in her spare time.

    Currently not taking new patients.

  • Dr Beverley Howcroft

    Dr Beverley Howcroft

    MB BS (UK), DRCOG (UK), FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Minor Surgery, Travel Medicine, IUCD (Mirena) insertion

    Dr Beverley Howcroft’s special interests include family medicine, women’s health, family planning, paediatrics, travel medicine, skin cancer surgery and care of the elderly. As well as being a GP, Beverley undertakes Fellowship Assessments for the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. This involves visiting general practitioners and medical practices throughout NZ. She is also a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

    Beverley is an avid traveller and in her spare time can be found at spin class, kayaking or occasionally playing golf.

    Currently not taking new patients.

  • Dr Veronica Lamplough

    Dr Veronica Lamplough

    MB ChB (Auckland), Dip Obst (Auckland), FRNZCGP

    Dr Veronica Lamplough is vocationally trained as a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs. Her expertise is in all aspects of Family Medicine: women's health, paediatrics, care of the elderly and minor surgery.  In addition to her role as a GP, Veronica serves on Professional Conduct Committees convened by the Medical Council of NZ, and she is an educator and examiner for the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. In her spare time Veronica is a keen gardener and enjoys Pilates and paddle boarding.

    Phone 972 9020 for an appointment.
    Currently not taking new patients.

  • Dr Rowan Waters

    Dr Rowan Waters

    MB ChB (Auckland), Dip Obst (Auckland), FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Geriatrics

    Rowan is passionate about all aspects of family medicine with a special interest in care of the elderly, women’s health and mental health. Rowan has practised on the Shore for over 30 years and she is a vocationally trained Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Rowan is a sailor, gardener and busy grandmother. Rowan is based solely at Fred Thomas and is unable to take on new patients at this stage.

    Currently not taking new patients.

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