General Updates

EASTER hours

Family Doctors will be closed: Friday 10 April – Good Friday Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April – Easter Sunday Monday 13 April – Easter Monday For medical advice phone 09 424 3001 FOR URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION please go to  THE DOCTORS RED BEACH (formerly Coastcare), Red Beach Shopping st ApriCentre (8am – 8pm) or SHORECARE, Smales Farm, Taharoto …

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Coronavirus – COVID-19 DUE TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH REGARDING COVID-19, WE ARE NOW REQUIRING YOU TO ONLY COME INTO OUR PRACTICE IF IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Please consider using our Phone, Video or Email Consults if you think you have a virus or in any situation where you do not have to …

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Video Consultations

We are pleased to be able to offer video consultations with Dr Sophie Robinson. As you can imagine these appointments offer the ultimate in convenience for you, however their use is limited to conditions where a physical examination is not required. You can book these online or phone Reception for more information.


What is Measles? Measles is a virus that can make adults and children very sick.  It is highly infectious and can spread quickly and easily through breathing, sneezing and coughing.  If you are not immune to measles, you can catch the disease just by being in the same room as someone who has it. How …

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Firefly Children’s Home

Family Doctors are proud to help sponsor children at Firefly Children’s Home in Nepal.  Dr Peter Hall was able to visit both of their orphanage sites and meet with the children and staff, as well as interviewing Amanda Mckay, founder of Firefly Children’s Home, about the history,  charitable status and financial management of the organisation. …

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Flu Vaccine shortage

At present, there is a nationwide shortage of the flu vaccines in New Zealand.  The remaining stock is prioritised for people with chronic conditions who would normally be eligible for a funded vaccine.  Our Practice nurse will be contacting those who qualify, but unfortunately there is not enough vaccines available for anyone who does not …

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Dr Sophie Robinson

Family Doctors is pleased to welcome Dr Sophie Robinson to our team. Sophie grew up in South West England and qualified as a GP in London. She has an interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine and is currently undertaking a part-time masters. She has sporty extracurricular interests also, enjoying cycling and triathlons in her spare …

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Advance Care Plans

Advance Care Plans.  We used to call them “living wills”. They were never very popular but things change and now they are big news in the medical arena.  We are now proactively engaging patients in a discussion about what their preferences would be if they were incapacitated or approaching end of life. In fact, if …

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