The Doctors Tauranga

At The Doctors Tauranga, 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, centrally located in Tauranga, with you in mind.

Each member of our large team of General Practitioners brings to The Doctors Tauranga a commitment to quality family health care. Each doctor also has specialist interests ranging from child, womens and mens health, sports medicine, minor surgery, specialist ACC work, immigration medicals, and occupational health. As well as General Practice, we run an array of nurses clinics including; diabetes, immunisation, wound clinic, ear suctioning, biopsies, healthy lifestyle, care plus, asthma, flu and a fracture clinic.

The Doctors Tauranga is a General Practice open 5 days a week for GP appointments and acute “no appointment necessary” care, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. We are not open on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

We welcome comments and suggestions on how we can do things better. Talk to us when you next visit, call us on (07) 928 8000 or email us at manager@centralmedhealth.co.nz

Why choose The Doctors Tauranga?

We provide a modern family practice in a friendly environment. We have on-site many additional services our patients may require, including Pharmacy, X-ray, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, and Bone Density Scanning. We also have plenty of free parking to make your visit as easy as possible.

Booking online

We are excited to be able to offer you an online portal called Manage My Health (MMH) that allows you to:

  • Request repeat scripts 
  • Books appointments with Doctors and Nurses
  • Access test results 

You can download a 2-page instruction guide here showing you how to register and if you click here you will go directly to the portal to register with us.

Our services

Doctors Services

  • Comprehensive patient management/family medical care
  • Women’s and Men’s health
  • Sports medicine
  • Minor surgery
  • Immigration medicals
  • Occupational health
  • Sleep studies
  • ACC specialist
  • Snore-ops
  • GP specialising in skin surgery
  • Fracture clinic

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

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

Hours

General Practice. 8am - 6pm Monday - Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday & public holidays. 
After hours please call our main line for advice 07 928 8000 or go to The Doctors Bayfair, 42 Girven Rd, Mt Maunganui, open till 6pm Monday - Friday and 8am - 2pm weekends and public holidays. 
For acute care, ph 07 572 6800.  Accident & Healthcare, 19 Second Ave, Tauranga, 3110, is open till 9pm, ph 577 0010. 

Patient charges

Appointments are based on a 10-12 minute standard consultation.

A charge may apply for extra time taken with the Doctor or for additional procedures over and above a standard consultation.
Fees are due at the time of consultation unless prior arrangements are made.
  • Enrolled Patients
  • Casual Patients
  • Accidents
  • Prescriptions
  • Nurse Consultations and Services

ENROLLED

Age Fee
0 - 13 years FREE
14 - 17 years $32.00
18 - 44 years $45.50
45 - 64 years $46.00
65+ years $43.00

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

Nurse consultations for all enrolled patients are $20

Effective 1 December 2018.

CASUAL

Age Fee
0 - 13 years $5.00
14 - 17 years $42.00
18+ years $75.00
18+ years with a Community Services Card (CSC) $60.00

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 1 December 2018.

ACCIDENTS

Age Enrolled Fee   Casual Fee Community Services Card International
0 - 13 years FREE   FREE FREE
  $120.00
14 - 17 years $28.00   $38.00 $12.50
  $120.00
18+ years $38.00   $48.00 $18.50
  $120.00

Patients seen in the Acute clinic incur an additional $5 (excluding enrolled under 14 years)

Prices effective 1 December 2018

PRESCRIPTIONS

Service Fee
Repeat Prescriptions $22
Same Day Prescriptions $25
Repeat prescriptions under 14 years $10
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.

Additional Charges

  • 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. 

Our Doctors

We believe your family doctor is your healthcare partner. At The Doctors Tauranga, our clinical team will provide you with all the day-to-day advice, information and support you would expect from your General Practice. At The Doctors Tauranga, your doctor can also draw on a large team of doctors and nurses, each with extensive experience in family medicine and long term condition management along with a variety of special interest skills.

We also have a great team of allied health professionals e.g. Physiotherapists, Radiologists, Pharmacists, and a skilled medical laboratory team all operating within our premises, who all share your interest in shaping a healthy future, and managing any health issues you have.

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Dr Rose Longhurst

MBChB, PGDipOMG, DCH

Rose completed her Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery from the University of Otago in 2013. She grew up locally and is enjoying working back in the Tauranga region. She spent three years in Bay of Plenty hospitals prior to starting her career in General Practice. Special interests include women’s health and paediatrics.

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Dr Dipankar Saha

MBBS, BSc, MRCGP(UK) - Currently in a position to welcome new patients

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.                       
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Dr Shiva Koirala

MBChB

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.
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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..
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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.
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Dr Morné du Plessis

MBChB

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. He then worked in family medicine for Te Manu Hauora, providing primary healthcare for Maori in the Bay of Plenty. Morné’s special interests are surgery, orthopaedics and sports medicine and injuries. His special interest is mainly skin cancer. Morné has a contract with the WBOP PHO for skin cancer surgery up to Advanced plus level. He also has a certificate and diploma in dermatoscopy. Morné is a keen triathlete and has completed 3 half ironman events as well as IronMAN NZ on 1 March 2014.

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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

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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.

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 general Enrolment information.

Download our enrolment form here

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