The Doctors Tauranga

Welcome to our practice

At The Doctors Tauranga, we work with you and your family to provide the best General Practice medical care, advice and support you need. We've designed our modern, well-equipped medical centre, centrally located in Tauranga, with you in mind. Each member of our large team of expert General Practitioners also have specialist interests ranging from child, women's and men's health, sports medicine, minor surgery, specialist ACC work, immigration medicals, and occupational health. We have a variety of nurses clinics including; diabetes, immunisation, wound clinic, ear suctioning, biopsies, healthy lifestyle, care plus, asthma, flu and a fracture clinic. There are other on-site services including Pharmacy, X-ray, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, and Bone Density Scanning. We also have plenty of free parking.

Visit us 5 days a week for booked GP appointments and for Walk-in Care “no appointment necessary” services from Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm. Walk-in Care for enrolled or casual patients who experience sudden illness, accidents or injuries that do not appear to be life threatening but can’t wait until the next day.

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

Phone 07 928 8000 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.

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.

Thanks for your patience and continued support.

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

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 07-928 8000 to start your registration

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

Our Services

Our Services

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

Practice Nurse Services

  • Patient management in association with Doctor
  • Diabetes clinics - “Wellness Clinic"
  • Immunisation
  • Wound clinic
  • Ear suctioning
  • Weight management
  • Well women’s clinic
  • Smoking cessation
  • Asthma care

Reception Services

  • Doctor/Nurse appointments
  • Administration
  • Accounts
  • Repeat prescriptions - please phone 928-8000, choose “option 2” and follow prompts to leave message - please allow up to 48 hours

Travel Health Services

The Doctors Tauranga has staff trained in all aspects of travel health services. Click here for our Travel Health Questionnaire.

What does the Travel Clinic offer?

  • NB: We are unable to provide Yellow Fever or Japanese Encephalitis vaccines at this practice.
  • 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

Who gives advice and vaccines?
We have a doctor and a practice nurse, who have had specific travel medicine training

Please contact our medical centre directly for Travel Health services pricing

General Practice with Acute Care

  • Open 5 days a week from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday for General Practice with acute care services. (We are not open Saturday, Sunday or public holidays).
  • Dedicated team of experienced doctors.
  • You don’t need to be registered at The Doctors Tauranga for the acute care services. We welcome anyone who needs medical assistance.
    We have on site Pharmacy, X-ray, Physiotherapy, Pathology Laboratory, Nurse clinics including Diabetes, Women’s Health, Ear suctioning clinics, Wellness clinic.
  • Occupational health.
  • Plenty of free parking

Standard Hours

Monday - Friday 8am – 5.30pm for booked GP appointments
We warmly welcome new patients to enrol with us

Closed weekends and all public holidays. 

After Hours

For after hours care please call our main line for advice 07 928 8000.  Or for walk-in care outside our hours phone 07 572 6800 and go to The Doctors Bayfair 42 Girven Rd, Mt Maunganui, open Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm and Saturday - Sunday 8am - 12pm. Closed public holidays.

Accident & Healthcare, 19 Second Ave, Tauranga, is open until 9pm phone 07 577 0010

If you have a medical emergency, call 111

Patient Fees

Enrolled Patient Fees

Age Standard CSC
0-13 years FREE FREE
14-17 years $35.00 $13.00
18-44 years $48.50 $19.50
45-64 years $48.50 $19.50
65+ years $46.00 $19.50

All patients seen in Acute incur an additional $5 charge excluding enrolled children under 14 years.

Nurse consultations for all enrolled patients are $25

Fees effective from 5 August 2020

Casual Patient Fees

Age Fee
0 - 13 years $5.00
14 - 17 years $42.00
18+ years $80.00
18+ years with a Community Services Card (CSC) $65.00

Nurse consultations for under 14 years are free and $25 for those aged 14+ years

All patients seen in Acute incur an additional $5 charge excluding enrolled children under 14 years.

Prices effective 5 August 2020.

ACC Fees

Age Enrolled Fee   Casual Fee Community Services Card International
0 - 13 years FREE   FREE FREE
  $120.00
14 - 17 years $28.00   $38.00 $22.00
  $120.00
18+ years $39.00   $49.00 $28.00
  $120.00

 

Prices effective 5 August 2020

Prescriptions

Service Fee
Repeat Prescriptions $25
Same Day Prescriptions $30
Repeat prescriptions under 14 years $10

Additional Charges

All patients seen in Acute clinic incur an additional $5 charge excluding enrolled children under 13 years

Nurse Consultations and Services

Nursing services will incur a time based consultation charge.

  • All materials used will be charged in addition to the consultation fee. 
  • Fees are GST inclusive, and may be subject to change.
  • CASUAL PATIENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY PRIOR TO RECEIVING TREATMENT. ALL ACCOUNTS INCUR AN ADDITIONAL $10 NON-PAYMENT FEE. 

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

Mandeeps Manage  
  • Dr Clare Duffett

    Dr Clare Duffett

    MBChB, MRCGP, DCH

    Clare has recently moved to New Zealand with her family from Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated in 1999 from the University of Cape Town. She then worked in the United Kingdom for 5 years and obtained her Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) as well as Diploma in Child Health (DCH). She moved back to Cape Town where she worked in a lovely practice for 12 years before moving to Tauranga in January 2020.  Clare enjoys all aspects of family medicine particularly woman and child health. She is married to Angus and has 3 children. When not at work she loves to run, hike, cook, play the piano and travel.

  • Nurse Practitioner Megan Brebner

    Nurse Practitioner Megan Brebner

    Np, MN (Hons), Post Grad Dip HealthSc, CompRN

    Megan Brebner is a familiar face to our patients and now she has a new qualification. Megan has worked with us at The Doctors Tauranga for 10 years and has been a nurse for 30 years. In 2017 Megan qualified at the highest level of the nursing profession and is excited to be our first ever Nurse Practitioner!

    Nurse Practitioners are advanced nurses who have studied and qualified to enhance their knowledge and skills in patient care. They can prescribe medications and order diagnostic tests including blood tests, x-rays and ultrasound. Megan has booked appointments and works alongside a GP in our walk-in clinic for 2 sessions a week. Megan is also Nurse Leader of the Careplus programme supporting people with long term conditions e.g. diabetes, heart disease, renal and respiratory conditions and continues in her role as a Diabetes Nurse Specialist.

    Megan was inspired to upskill from a desire to do more for her patients. She has completed a Masters in Nursing and has worked alongside Dr Séan Barklie as her mentor and clinical supervisor - “Séan has been a great mentor to me”.

    As a Nurse Practitioner Megan has appointments that allow patients to learn more about improving their health and managing their medical conditions.

  • Dr Dipankar Saha

    Dr Dipankar Saha

    MBBS, BSc, MRCGP(UK)

    Dipankar ‘Dip’ Saha is a UK trained GP.  Having first qualified from The Royal Free and University College Medical School in London in 2003,  he then spent several years undergoing Basic Surgical Training in the North of England as he initially wanted to be a surgeon. However, over time he came to realise that his true calling was not surgery but instead General Practice and being a family physician.  He entered GP training in the UK in 2008 and qualified as a GP in 2011, and in his own words “he hasn’t looked back since”.  Dipankar imigrated to New Zealand in mid 2015 with his Kiwi wife and beautiful baby daughter.  He joined the team at Centralmed in early 2016 as a full time GP.  Dipankar believes that his previous surgical background combined with his GP training makes him a truly general General Practioner with a broad knowledge base in both medicine and surgery.  Whilst thoroughly professional but also completely approachable in equal measure, as well as being happy to discuss his patients’ problems, conditions and diagnosis with them at depth (being a great believer in improving health through improving individual patients’ health education and knowledge of their conditions), he is also equally happy to discuss the finer points of blues/rock guitar playing, Formula One racing, the lastest John Grisham novel or just why in his opinion the HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy is the greatest book ever written.                       
  • Dr Bhuwan Poudel

    Dr Bhuwan Poudel

    MBChB, FRNZCGP

    Bhuwan joined CentralMed in 2014 from Gisborne where he had been practicing for the last 3 years. Bhuwan is vocationally Registered with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
  • Dr David J O’Connor

    Dr David J O’Connor

    MBChB, FRNZCGP

    David has been practising as a Family General Practitioner in Tauranga since 1984. His interests outside of family practice include running a small farm and a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities golf, motor sport and following family sporting and other endeavours. His biggest achievement so far, apart from family, is being involved in the establishment of Aquinas College in Pyes Pa, and the development of Centralmed Health. Medical interests include internal medicine and immigration medicals.
  • Dr Neil BJ Matson

    Dr Neil BJ Matson

    B Sc MBChB (Otago), DipObs (Otago), DipSportMed (Auck), FRNZCGP

    Neil has been in General Practice in Tauranga since December 1981. He has a longstanding interest in sports and musculoskeletal medicine. This has seen Neil involved in team doctoring for Tauranga Sports Rugby, and occasionally for the BOP rugby team, over the last 18 years. Current secretary of the BOP Division of NZMA, Neil was a GP Registrar trainer for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice in early/mid 1990s and has been a Fellow of the College since 1998. Neil was President of the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise for the 2002/03 year. Neil has been involved in marathon clinics, recreational triathlons and touch rugby in the past and is now slowly improving his golf handicap.
  • Dr Santi Lala

    Dr Santi Lala

    MBChB, FRNZCGP, DipObs

    Santi was born in Te Aroha (Waikato) and trained at Otago Medical School. She has been in General Practice for over 29 years and enjoys seeing the babies she delivered now leaving school. Her special medical interests include women and children’s health, pre-preganancy care, contraception, infertility management and menopause. Santi and her family of 3 children and partner Laurie, are keen on outdoor activities, particularly tramping, cycling, skiing and kayaking.
  • Dr Shiva Koirala

    Dr Shiva Koirala

    MBChB, BSc, FRNZCGP

    Shiva is Dr Bhuwans’ wife. Shiva joined the team at CentralMed in 2014. Shiva has worked at Whakatane and Gisborne Hospitals before joining General Practice in Gisborne during 2011. Shiva has a special interest in paediatrics and general skin conditions.
  • Dr Ken Belton

    Dr Ken Belton

    MD. University of British Columbia, Dip Obs (Akl), Dip Child Health Otago

    Ken gained his medical degree at the University of British Columbia as well as training in Wellington and Taranaki. He has worked in a variety of roles which include Clinical Instructor at UBC faculty of Medicine for many years, Hospitalist in Vancouver and also had his own family practice for 20 years in Canada prior to returning permanently to live in New Zealand..
  • Dr Peter Tomkins

    Dr Peter Tomkins

    MBChB, FRNZCGP

    Peter has been working as a General Practitioner in the Bay of Plenty since the mid 1980’s. Having previously been a solo GP for many years, he has been part of the team at CentralMed since September 2012 which he has found to be a new and challenging experience. He finds the “one stop shop” set-up at CentralMed with services such as x-ray and Pathlab all on site, very helpful in providing timely and effective patient care. He cannot lay claim to any particular sporting prowess, however he is keen on the arts in general along with having a go at growing the occasional avocado.
  • Dr Morné du Plessis

    Dr Morné du Plessis

    MBChB, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRNZCGP, DipSportsMed

    Morné completed his medical degree in South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 1997.

    He worked initially as a registrar doing mainly surgery and orthopaedics at Whakatane and Tauranga Hospitals.  After this he started doing family medicine for Te Manu Hauora, providing primary healthcare for Maori in the Bay of Plenty. His special interests are surgery, orthopaedics, sports medicine and injuries.  His special interest is skin cancer, surgery and sports medicine.  Morné has a contract with the WBOP PHO for skin cancer surgery up to Advanced plus level.  He obtained a Masters Degree in the diagnosis and management of Skin Cancer from the University of Queensland in 2017. Morné is a keen triathlete and has completed 7 half ironman events as well as 4 IronMAN NZ events.

  • Dr Andrew Corin

    Dr Andrew Corin

    MBChB, FRNZCGP, BSc Dip Paeds, (Designated Dive Doctor)

    Andrew, a New Zealand trained doctor, has been working in General Practice in Tauranga since 1997 and completed his Fellowship for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2001. Special interest areas include child health, dive medicine, respiratory medicine, and specialist surgery for snoring conditions. He has had medical experience in Ireland, Kenya and the Philippines, including working for emergency relief and mission organisations.

    He has been an owner and director of medical practices in New Zealand since 2000, and has extensive experience in governance roles for health and community organisations. Andrew is on the Pharmac Respiratory subcommittee for PTAC, is a medical advisor to Asthma and Respiratory Management Bay of Plenty, and is a founder of the clinical trials centre Clinical Horizons. Outside of work hours you will find Andrew growing avocados on his orchard and trying his hand at most outdoor pursuits

  • Dr Séan Barklie

    Dr Séan Barklie

    BSc MBChB (UCT), FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med (NZSF)

    Séan trained in Zoology Botany, Oceanography and having worked on the ocean decided to return to the University of Capetown to study medicine. He was born and bred in Zimbabwe. He was conscripted into the army there which in the end assisted him in immigrating to New Zealand and being employed by the NZ Defence Force for a few years. He coached the NZ Army rugby team in Waiouru and travelled extensively within New Zealand before settling in Tauranga.

    He has worked in the past in the UK, Canada and South Africa but is now firmly settled in New Zealand. His current interests are sports medicine which included Team Doctor for provincial rugby team, sleep medicine and skin surgery but also thoroughly enjoys being a General Practitioner and has not given up any aspects of family medicine. Sean’s interests are broad and varied and he would love to share those with any new patients.

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