View all the latest news and articles from Family Doctors Whangaparaoa.

Latest News Updates

Family Doctors

SLEEP

It was 3 in the morning and I had just heard the most dreaded question of marital life…”Are you awake?” Now I’m not at my best at that time.   I blame biorhythms. Being woken then is like coming up from the depths of a blissful warm nirvana. It’s a relief that we no longer do

Read More »
Family Doctors

Anti-vaxx debate

Another Measles case has hit New Zealand. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease caused by the measles virus. No other vaccine-preventable disease has caused more deaths worldwide. Vaccination programmes prevented global measles deaths by an estimated 2.1 million between 2000 and 2017. Deaths decreased by 80 percent in that time but – thanks to vaccine hesitance – those numbers have started to increase. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/110136209/the-antivaccination-debate-was-built-on-a-lie-why-do-people-still-believe-it. Article

Read More »
Family Doctors

SPECIAL $95 – FULL SKIN CANCER CHECK for March & April 2019

A Full Skin Cancer Check Appointment involves: A consultation to determine your risk of skin cancer. Full body check for skin lesions – including mouth, soles of feet, palms and scalp – sometimes skin cancers can hide! Review of skin lesions using a dermatoscope – this is a specialised skin microscope, the most accurate way

Read More »
Family Doctors

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.

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Privacy

I was contacted recently by a patient who felt she was being unfairly treated by her insurance company.  The problem was that she had had a brief episode of depression some years ago when her marriage was breaking up, and this was recorded in her medical notes.  When applying for cover the patient had not

Read More »
Family Doctors

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

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Addictions

When my grandkids get those boxes of chocolates to fundraise for school, they give them to me.  The assumption is that I will either sell them or eat them, but they don’t really care either way. The problem is that I do eat them, and if I know they are in the house I really

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Self-diagnosis a general practice tool

Brace yourself, general practice is changing and we’re all running to catch up.  For a start about a quarter of our current GP’s are planning to retire in the next five years so there is a workforce crisis looming.  The number of young doctors entering the profession is encouraging but, partly due to poor recruitment

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

General Practice is changing

  Brace yourself, general practice is changing and we’re all running to catch up. For a start about a quarter of our current GPs are planning to retire in the next five years so there is a workforce crisis looming. The number of young doctors entering the profession is encouraging but, partly due to poor

Read More »
Family Doctors

Dr Jenny Park

We are pleased to have Dr Jenny Park working at Family Doctors on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons, and Fridays until Christmas. Jenny came to NZ with her family from South Korea in 2002 and grew up in North Shore before going to University of Otago to study medicine. She graduated in 2012 and has worked in

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Itching

Chronic itch is a very unpleasant condition which occurs often in general practice and can be mysterious and hard to treat.   We call it pruritus, from the Latin word for itch.  On one hand scratching an ordinary itch is one of the great pleasures of life. Who doesn’t like having their back scratched especially if

Read More »
Family Doctors Enrolments
Dr Peter Hall

Let’s talk about sex

“SEX! – the next meeting of the chess club is on Tuesday at 1pm.” This eye-catching sign used to appear on the Med School notice board from time to time. As far as I know, everybody who walked past got the message. It worked very well, just because of the impact of a simple three-letter

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Turning the tables

I had a medical procedure the other day.  I won’t go into details except to say it was undignified, but necessary.  Fortunately it showed that I hadn’t contributed to my family history of bowel cancer. I didn’t enjoy it.  In fact, because I slept through the whole thing it wasn’t even interesting.  Plus the preparation

Read More »
Family Doctors

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

Read More »
Family Doctors

Family Doctors donates to The Salvation Army and All Heart NZ charities

To celebrate 30 years of medical practice on the Coast, Family Doctors wanted to do something for the local community We have partnered with Emma Hall from Earthlings who imports organic and ethically manufactured children’s clothes from India. Due to her generosity we were able to purchase hundreds of clothing items at a very discounted price

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Medication

I know I’m going to get into trouble for this but we have a saying in our house, “Life is for people who can’t cope with drugs.” It’s a joke, OK?  But it means that my children have grown up not afraid of, or unduly fascinated by, drugs. Doctors are often accused of being in

Read More »
Men and mental health
Dr Peter Hall

Older men and mental health

No apologies for returning to the issue of mental health as it constitutes about 15% of my workload and is still severely under-resourced, given the scale of the problem.  The recent focus on youth suicide has been entirely appropriate but there is also an alarming trend in self-harm in older men, and as my practice

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Good medicine considers all the options

Do you have treatment from an acupuncturist, herbalist or a Bowen therapist?  Do you use homoeopathic remedies or dietary supplements?   Have you got faith in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)?  Well, you’re in good company. From Prince Charles to Hollywood stars to your next door neighbour, the use of CAM is widespread and often passionately

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Back in the day

I picked up an old medical biography recently, the life story of Dr G E Waterworth. (People didn’t have full names, back in the day, just initials.)  It gave me in interesting perspective on how far my profession has come. In short, the good old days weren’t. While it might sound exciting to operate on

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Training for Base Camp Mt Everest

If you see an old grey-haired guy wandering up your street, don’t ring the nearest rest home. It’s probably me.  I am, I’m proud to say, in training for a trek to Everest Base Camp in September. This is a long-held dream. I read Edmund Hillary’s Nothing Venture, Nothing Win as a teenager and ever

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Medication

I know I’m going to get into trouble for this but we have a saying in our house, “Life is for people who can’t cope with drugs.” It’s a joke, OK? But it means that my children have grown up not afraid of, or unduly fascinated by, drugs. Doctors are often accused of being in

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Parenting

I’m not an expert on parenting.  In fact I don’t think I was very good at it the first time round, though I’m enjoying the second chance that grandparenting gives you! But after weathering the ups and downs of family life and talking to thousands of parents I have learnt a thing or two. Firstly,

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Complaining

I’ve been a doctor for thirty years now and I remember my failures more than my successes. Even good doctors make mistakes, and how to deal with them poses a major challenge to both doctor and patient.  Certainly it is part of modern medical culture that doctors admit their errors, learn from them and fix

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

After Hours service – a lesson in pragmatism

Will the Hibiscus Coast ever have a 24hour a day emergency medical facility? Sadly the answer is “no”. Every time the medical needs of this community are surveyed this question of afterhours care comes up.  It’s been the same for years now and unfortunately some hard realities need to be faced.   We will never go

Read More »
Worry
Dr Peter Hall

Worry

All Black coach, Steven Hansen, has a great one-liner: “Worry is a wasted emotion.”  It’s so true,  and yet on a daily basis I see patients whose lives are adversely affected by anxiety and apprehension.  Some of these are people in whom you would never suspect it – high achievers and public figures.  Certainly a

Read More »
Family Doctors

Flu vaccinations now available

Influenza, commonly called the ‘flu’, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal.  Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an on-going medical condition.  Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot

Read More »

Portals

Portals. Sounds a bit sci-fi, but they are not about beaming people up or transporting them to parallel universes. A portal is a direct email connection to your general practice medical file. Our system allows you to make appointments, request repeat prescriptions and check your results.   Portals are big news at the moment, with some

Read More »

What is normal?

“Everybody is normal until you get to know them”, or in medicine everybody is normal until you’ve done enough tests to prove that they are not! When talking about blood tests the “normal range” generally means the results from the middle 95% of the population. That is, the 2.5% at either end of the scale

Read More »
Family Doctors

SLEEP

It was 3 in the morning and I had just heard the most dreaded question of marital life…”Are you awake?” Now I’m not at my best at that time.   I blame biorhythms. Being woken then is like coming up from the depths of a blissful warm nirvana. It’s a relief that we no longer do

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Privacy

I was contacted recently by a patient who felt she was being unfairly treated by her insurance company.  The problem was that she had had a brief episode of depression some years ago when her marriage was breaking up, and this was recorded in her medical notes.  When applying for cover the patient had not

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Addictions

When my grandkids get those boxes of chocolates to fundraise for school, they give them to me.  The assumption is that I will either sell them or eat them, but they don’t really care either way. The problem is that I do eat them, and if I know they are in the house I really

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Self-diagnosis a general practice tool

Brace yourself, general practice is changing and we’re all running to catch up.  For a start about a quarter of our current GP’s are planning to retire in the next five years so there is a workforce crisis looming.  The number of young doctors entering the profession is encouraging but, partly due to poor recruitment

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

General Practice is changing

  Brace yourself, general practice is changing and we’re all running to catch up. For a start about a quarter of our current GPs are planning to retire in the next five years so there is a workforce crisis looming. The number of young doctors entering the profession is encouraging but, partly due to poor

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Itching

Chronic itch is a very unpleasant condition which occurs often in general practice and can be mysterious and hard to treat.   We call it pruritus, from the Latin word for itch.  On one hand scratching an ordinary itch is one of the great pleasures of life. Who doesn’t like having their back scratched especially if

Read More »
Family Doctors Enrolments
Dr Peter Hall

Let’s talk about sex

“SEX! – the next meeting of the chess club is on Tuesday at 1pm.” This eye-catching sign used to appear on the Med School notice board from time to time. As far as I know, everybody who walked past got the message. It worked very well, just because of the impact of a simple three-letter

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Turning the tables

I had a medical procedure the other day.  I won’t go into details except to say it was undignified, but necessary.  Fortunately it showed that I hadn’t contributed to my family history of bowel cancer. I didn’t enjoy it.  In fact, because I slept through the whole thing it wasn’t even interesting.  Plus the preparation

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Medication

I know I’m going to get into trouble for this but we have a saying in our house, “Life is for people who can’t cope with drugs.” It’s a joke, OK?  But it means that my children have grown up not afraid of, or unduly fascinated by, drugs. Doctors are often accused of being in

Read More »
Men and mental health
Dr Peter Hall

Older men and mental health

No apologies for returning to the issue of mental health as it constitutes about 15% of my workload and is still severely under-resourced, given the scale of the problem.  The recent focus on youth suicide has been entirely appropriate but there is also an alarming trend in self-harm in older men, and as my practice

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Good medicine considers all the options

Do you have treatment from an acupuncturist, herbalist or a Bowen therapist?  Do you use homoeopathic remedies or dietary supplements?   Have you got faith in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)?  Well, you’re in good company. From Prince Charles to Hollywood stars to your next door neighbour, the use of CAM is widespread and often passionately

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Back in the day

I picked up an old medical biography recently, the life story of Dr G E Waterworth. (People didn’t have full names, back in the day, just initials.)  It gave me in interesting perspective on how far my profession has come. In short, the good old days weren’t. While it might sound exciting to operate on

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Training for Base Camp Mt Everest

If you see an old grey-haired guy wandering up your street, don’t ring the nearest rest home. It’s probably me.  I am, I’m proud to say, in training for a trek to Everest Base Camp in September. This is a long-held dream. I read Edmund Hillary’s Nothing Venture, Nothing Win as a teenager and ever

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Medication

I know I’m going to get into trouble for this but we have a saying in our house, “Life is for people who can’t cope with drugs.” It’s a joke, OK? But it means that my children have grown up not afraid of, or unduly fascinated by, drugs. Doctors are often accused of being in

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Parenting

I’m not an expert on parenting.  In fact I don’t think I was very good at it the first time round, though I’m enjoying the second chance that grandparenting gives you! But after weathering the ups and downs of family life and talking to thousands of parents I have learnt a thing or two. Firstly,

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

Complaining

I’ve been a doctor for thirty years now and I remember my failures more than my successes. Even good doctors make mistakes, and how to deal with them poses a major challenge to both doctor and patient.  Certainly it is part of modern medical culture that doctors admit their errors, learn from them and fix

Read More »
Dr Peter Hall

After Hours service – a lesson in pragmatism

Will the Hibiscus Coast ever have a 24hour a day emergency medical facility? Sadly the answer is “no”. Every time the medical needs of this community are surveyed this question of afterhours care comes up.  It’s been the same for years now and unfortunately some hard realities need to be faced.   We will never go

Read More »
Worry
Dr Peter Hall

Worry

All Black coach, Steven Hansen, has a great one-liner: “Worry is a wasted emotion.”  It’s so true,  and yet on a daily basis I see patients whose lives are adversely affected by anxiety and apprehension.  Some of these are people in whom you would never suspect it – high achievers and public figures.  Certainly a

Read More »

What is normal?

“Everybody is normal until you get to know them”, or in medicine everybody is normal until you’ve done enough tests to prove that they are not! When talking about blood tests the “normal range” generally means the results from the middle 95% of the population. That is, the 2.5% at either end of the scale

Read More »

Family Doctors

Anti-vaxx debate

Another Measles case has hit New Zealand. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease caused by the measles virus. No other vaccine-preventable disease has caused more deaths worldwide. Vaccination programmes prevented global measles deaths by an estimated 2.1 million between 2000 and 2017. Deaths decreased by 80 percent in that time but – thanks to vaccine hesitance – those numbers have started to increase. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/110136209/the-antivaccination-debate-was-built-on-a-lie-why-do-people-still-believe-it. Article

Read More »
Family Doctors

SPECIAL $95 – FULL SKIN CANCER CHECK for March & April 2019

A Full Skin Cancer Check Appointment involves: A consultation to determine your risk of skin cancer. Full body check for skin lesions – including mouth, soles of feet, palms and scalp – sometimes skin cancers can hide! Review of skin lesions using a dermatoscope – this is a specialised skin microscope, the most accurate way

Read More »
Family Doctors

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.

Read More »
Family Doctors

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

Read More »
Family Doctors

Dr Jenny Park

We are pleased to have Dr Jenny Park working at Family Doctors on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons, and Fridays until Christmas. Jenny came to NZ with her family from South Korea in 2002 and grew up in North Shore before going to University of Otago to study medicine. She graduated in 2012 and has worked in

Read More »
Family Doctors

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

Read More »
Family Doctors

Family Doctors donates to The Salvation Army and All Heart NZ charities

To celebrate 30 years of medical practice on the Coast, Family Doctors wanted to do something for the local community We have partnered with Emma Hall from Earthlings who imports organic and ethically manufactured children’s clothes from India. Due to her generosity we were able to purchase hundreds of clothing items at a very discounted price

Read More »
Family Doctors

Flu vaccinations now available

Influenza, commonly called the ‘flu’, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal.  Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an on-going medical condition.  Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot

Read More »

Portals

Portals. Sounds a bit sci-fi, but they are not about beaming people up or transporting them to parallel universes. A portal is a direct email connection to your general practice medical file. Our system allows you to make appointments, request repeat prescriptions and check your results.   Portals are big news at the moment, with some

Read More »

Family Doctors

Flu vaccinations now available

Influenza, commonly called the ‘flu’, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal.  Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an on-going medical condition.  Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot

Read More »

What is normal?

“Everybody is normal until you get to know them”, or in medicine everybody is normal until you’ve done enough tests to prove that they are not! When talking about blood tests the “normal range” generally means the results from the middle 95% of the population. That is, the 2.5% at either end of the scale

Read More »

  • Monday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Closed On Public Holidays

Phone: 09 424 3001

Email: reception@familydoctors.nz

6/651 Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa, 0932 Auckland

Phone us first on 09 424 3001 and your call will immediately transfer to a registered nurse.

For urgent care dial 111

Should you require a chaperone during one of your visits to our surgery this can be arranged, but we will need you to advise us prior to your consultation. Just phone our reception staff and they will be happy to organise this for you.