The Doctors Fred Thomas, Takapuna

By now you will have noticed our exciting refresh and that we are now known as The Doctors Fred Thomas. Our satellite clinic The Doctors Hauraki Corner, with whom we share a close relationship has also been refreshed. We are proud to continue providing the same great general practice care we always have and are open all our usual hours.

At The Doctors Fred Thomas we work with you to make your future healthy. And 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.

Each our of doctors have specialist interests ranging from asthma, to child health, obstetrics, sports medicine and travel medicine. We welcome our regular patients as well as casual patients and visitors, week days all year round.

We welcome comments and suggestions on how we can do things better. Talk to us when you next visit, call us on 09 972 9020 or email us on info@fthealth.co.nz.

Patient Portal

Here at The Doctors Fred Thomas we offer the patient portal ManageMyHealth. This gives patients online access to their health information to book appointments, request repeat prescriptions and view laboratory test results. For more information visit www.managemyhealth.co.nz 

Call 09 972 9020 to register. You will need an individual email address [not a family email address]

Our Services

Patient and family centred care is central to our work at The Doctors Fred Thomas. Your GP team places you and your family at the centre of care they deliver to you. Our teams work to ensure continuity of care for you and your family.

Family Medicine

 

Immunisations - childhood to adult

The Doctors Fred Thomas nurses are all certified vaccinators.

The National Immunisation Schedule outlines the free vaccinations for babies, children, adolescents and adults. See the website National Immunisation Schedule for more details.

All infants have their 6 week, 3 and 5 month immunisations with the nurse and included is an additional health check with the doctor. 15 month and 4 year child immunisations are with the nurse only.

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.

FLU Vaccinations

 

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 conditions 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 Vaccines and documents

 

Circle Maternity

In July 2015 we have launched an exciting new offer known as Circle Maternity. The GP, midwife, and where appropriate a specialist obstetrician, work together to support a woman's pregnancy. Together they form a circle of care.

The Doctors Fred Thomas provides the GP care, Kate Sheppard Midwifery provides the midwife care, and Beginnings, provides the specialist care.

There are 2 options to choose from. The Primary Circle offers care by a midwife and GP together, and if necessary a specialist obstetrician. The Specialist Circle involves care by all three, with the specialist overseeing the pregnancy. Circle Maternity is based out of The Doctors Fred Thomas in Takapuna.

For more information call Kate Sheppard midwives on 09 489 1437 or visit their website. You can also call The Doctors Fred Thomas on 09 972 9020.

Visiting Specialists

The following specialists visit our rooms for patient appointments

  • Dr Julian Holland [ ENT - Ear, Nose, Throat ] 
  • Dr Bill Farrington [ Orthopaedics ]
  • Nigel Sallis [ Audiology ]
  • Dr Eva Fong [ Urology ]
  • Dr Kate Ritchie [ Psychiatry ]
  • Dr Patrick Kay [ Cardiologist ]
  • Dr James Hamill [ General & Pediatric Surgeon ]

One-stop shop

Also on site at 2 Fred Thomas Drive are the following affiliated health providers that make our location a one-stop shop!

Unichem Fred Thomas Pharmacy - open the same hours as the medical centre
Mercy Radiology - VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
Accuron Radiology (CT scan)-VISIT THEIR WEBSITE 
Shore Physiotherapy VISIT THEIR WEBSITE 
Cafe Brioche

Helpful Links

Health & Disability Commissioner
Advocacy Service
Blind Foundation
Deaf Aotearoa
NZ Relay Hearing/Speech Impaired
Deaf Aotearoa - Signs for medical situations

Opening Hours

Our address
2 Fred Thomas Drive
Takapuna
Auckland 0622

Satellite clinic: The Doctors Hauraki Corner
308 Lake Road
Hauraki Corner
Auckland 0622

The Doctors Fred Thomas Christmas and New Year Hours
Closed on statutory holidays: December 25 - 26 and January 1 - 2. Our last Saturday morning clinic for 2018 is 15 December. They will resume on Saturday 9 February 2019.
Open from: 8am - 4.45pm on Monday 24, Thursday 27, Friday 28, Monday 31 December and Thursday 3, Friday 4 January

Hours of operation - The Doctors Fred Thomas

8am - 7pm Monday to Thursday
8am - 5pm Fridays
9am - 12:30pm Saturdays (urgent walk-in clinic)

Hours of operation - The Doctors Hauraki Corner
8:30 am - 5pm Monday to Friday

After-Hours
ShoreCare 24/7 Accident and Medical Centre VISIT THEIR WEBSITE


Standard GP Consultation Monday - Friday

Age (years) Enrolled Casual
with CSC
Casual
 Non CSC
ACC
Enrolled
ACC
Casual
Child 0 - 12 FREE $26  $26 FREE $25
13 - 17 years $48 $56  $71 $47 $51
18 - 24 years $49 $66  $76 $47 $51
25 - 64 years $59.50 $71  $86 $51 $71
65+ years $54 $71  $86 $47 $71

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

Standard GP Consultation Saturdays

Age (years) Enrolled Casual
with CSC
Casual
 Non CSC
ACC
Enrolled
ACC
Casual
 0 - 12 years $25 $38   $48 $25 $45
13 - 17 years $60 $68  $83 $59 $63
18 - 24 years $61 $78  $88 $59 $63
25 - 64 years $71.50 $83  $98 $63 $83
65+ years $66 $83  $98 $59 $83

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

Our Doctors

Your family doctor is your healthcare partner. At The Doctors Fred Thomas, your family doctor will provide you with all the day-to-day advice, information and support you expect from your GP.  Your doctor can also draw on a large team of doctors, each with specialist family medicine interests. We also have a great team of complementary health professionals – nurses, physiotherapists, radiologists, sonographers, CT Scanning, nuclear radiology, pharmacists, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, midwife and a skilled phlebotomy team.  They all share your interest in shaping a healthy future and managing any health issues you have.

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Dr Lia uit de Bosch

MB ChB (Auckland) GPEP2 Registrar

Dr Lia uit de Bosch is a GPEP2 registrar joining Fred Thomas from December 2018. She has a keen interest in women’s health, children’s health and eyes. She is an avid traveller (being of half Dutch descent) and outside of work can be found reading, going to the gym or spending time with family and friends.

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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.

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Dr Adam Perley

MB ChB (Otago), PG Cert CPU, GPEP3 Registrar

Dr Adam Perley completed his GPEP1 training with us in 2017 and now joins us full time at Fred Thomas. He has worked for 5 years as a surgical registrar and passed his Surgical Part 1 Exams so has an interest and skills in skin lesions and minor surgery. He also has an interest in Urology and Men’s Health.

Outside of work he enjoys playing cricket & soccer, travelling, volunteering and eating chocolate!

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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. You can book appointments with him at both Fred Thomas and Hauraki Corner. 
On his days off he enjoys his golf, family, his granddaughters and wine tasting.

 


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr John Russell

BSc, BMedSc, MB ChB (Otago), Dip Obst (Auckland), MBA (Massey) FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Skin Surgery, Vasectomy

Dr John Russell has special interests in family medicine, men’s health, sports medicine, travel medicine and minor surgery for skin cancer, vasectomy and neonatal circumcision. John is local to the Shore, born in Narrow Neck. He became a local GP 40 years ago and is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs. When he is not seeing his patients he has a keen interest in his family, viticulture, pressing olives from his olive grove and vintage cars.

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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.
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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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Dr Renate Tolks

Aerztin/Hamburg, FRNZCGP Family Medicine, Women and Children’s Health, Holistic Medicine and some Homeopathy

Dr Renate Tolk’s special interests include family medicine, women and children’s health, holistic medicine and some homeopathy. Renate works as a locum across The Doctors Fred Thomas and The Doctors Hauraki Corner. Renate is also available alternate Saturday morning at The Doctors Fred Thomas.

Enrol now

We warmly welcome new patients.  Being enrolled has many advantages:

•    We send you reminders and recalls for important health management
•    Pay less to see the doctor
•    Pay less for prescriptions (for subsidised medicines prescribed by your doctor)
•    Appointment bookings

Simply ask at reception or download our enrolment form below. Complete all the sections and send back to us by email, post, fax or bring it in with you.  You may need to bring in an original ID document (e.g. Drivers’ License, Birth Certificate, Passport) before your first visit - call our team to find out.

You do not need to be a patient with us to be seen by one of our medical team. If you’re a visitor to the region and need medical care, you’re also welcome. Please call our friendly team for an appointment.  All visitors and casual patients, please be aware that extra charges can apply when you are not enrolled.

There are many more benefits to enrolling, click here for Enrolment information.

Download and print our enrolment form here and see the checklist of acceptable identification documents here

Latest news

Dr John Russell trials retirement

This Christmas, I am leaving general practice on the North Shore for at least six months.  This is the first full summer I will have to enjoy, without work, since the age of 15.  At the end of six months, I will decide if I enjoy retirement, or if I would like to do some locum work.

The North Shore is where I was born and grew up.  I am the fourth generation of our family to live on the North Shore.  I attended Browns Bay Primary, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Westlake Boys High before going to the US for a year, and returning to attend the Universities of Auckland and Otago. Next year it will be 50 years since I started at Otago Medical School.

I have been a general practitioner on the North Shore for 42 years.  During that I have delivered more than 2000 babies and performed more than 6500 vasectomies.  My practice has changed from young families and mostly women, to older people and more men. 

Over the years, there were wonderful times and sad times.  You have let me into your lives and health needs.  It has been an absolute privilege to be involved.

We have a team of really good staff at The Doctors Fred Thomas who are ready to continue to care for your health needs.  Dr Lia uit de Bosch is taking over the care of my patients.  We also have two other young doctors, Dr Miriam Jobson and Dr Adam Perley, and of course the more senior staff who are also available to help.

I will miss you all but the time has come for me to move on with my life.  To spend more time with my wife Anne and our family, including four grandsons.  I have many interests and aspirations to accomplish outside medicine. Time is short to complete these.

Thank you once again for being part of my life and our medical practice throughout the past 42 years.

Regards, John R

Dr John M. W. Russell

New Practice Nurse - Iris Shi

The best practice techniques adopted at The Doctors Fred Thomas motivates an aspirational member of the clinical team to excel in her role.

Practice nurse, Iris Shi joined The Doctors in June 2018 and she says the consistent use of proven clinical techniques ensures all patients receive high standards of care, all the time.

“The nursing team works with highly qualified and experienced doctors, and we are all supported to do what we are best at,” says Iris.

Her role includes immunising patients for general population health as well as administering vaccines to people travelling to international destinations where there are health risks.

Iris and the charge nurse carryout smear tests for cervical health, which takes the pressure off busy doctors and it is slightly cheaper to see a nurse for this routine procedure.

The nursing team can also change dressings and use liquid nitrogen to treat small skin lesions and growths, such as warts.

In fact, Iris’s day can include anything from ear syringing to remove wax, to carrying out electrocardiography (ECG) to monitor the electrical activity of a patient’s heart.

“A great day is when I see a patient for one routine procedure, such as a smear test.

“They are generally healthy and we may seldom see them, so this is an opportunity to check other health indicators, including blood pressure, stress levels and weight.”

It is like a mini check-up and if a health concern arises, Iris refers patients to their doctor and their improved well-being is a positive outcome that she feels good about initiating.

Iris developed her varied professional skillset throughout four years of practice nurse experience at a Remuera medical centre and prior to that, she was a nurse at a rest home hospital.

She studied nursing at The University of Auckland and has undertaken professional development throughout her career.

Recently Iris got married and the couple bought their first home, located on the North Shore.

Her free time is spent renovating and enjoying simple activities, like watching movies or walking so they can save money for further décor improvements.

 

Please click here to read our Summer 2017-2018 Newsletter

To all patients of The Doctors Fred Thomas and The Doctors Hauraki Corner

GP Update

Dr Adam Perley will be on leave from 24th September, returning 15th October.

Dr Tracey Opperman & Dr Upeksha Settinayake will both be away the week starting 1st October.

Dr Beverley Howcroft will be away the week starting 8th October. 

We will have locum doctors covering but if you wish to see your GP in particular, please book soon to ensure you get an appointment as required.

Dr Mogens Poppe has now finished with us. If you were enrolled with Dr Poppe/Dr Railton/Takapuna Health Care, and you have not chosen a new doctor, your enrolment has automatically transferred to Dr Miriam Jobson. 

We are working hard to find a replacement for Dr Bennett. In the meantime, patients who were previously enrolled with Dr Bennett or Dr Rax have now been transferred to Dr Miriam Jobson. This is to ensure continuity in managing your health care until we find a new doctor. You can visit Miriam at Fred Thomas, or any of the locum doctors we have working at Hauraki Corner.

Labour Weekend

Please also note that we will be closed on Saturday 20th October and Monday 
22nd October for Labour Day. If you require urgent care over this period, please call our number 09 972 9020 to be diverted to our after-hours nurse advice line; or present to Shore Care at Smales Farm, Takapuna.

Manage My Health

Our online patient portal called Manage My Health gives you secure access to your individual health information. It enables you to make appointments, access your lab results, order prescriptions, message your doctor or nurse and update your personal details online. 

If you would like to sign up, please email your date of birth and the email address you would like to use for the log in process to info@fthealth.co.nz and we will email you the activation instructions.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please call us on 09 972 9020 
or email info@fthealth.co.nz

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