Albany Family Medical Centre

Welcome to our practice

Our practice has been proudly providing health care and advice in the Albany area for over 30 years.  Together the doctors who work in the practice have over 150 years of General Practice experience. 

We are proud to be Cornerstone Accredited. We're also a teaching practice and are affiliated with the Goodfellow Unit of the University of Auckland which means, with your permission, we may have a medical student present during a consultation. Let us know if you would prefer not to have a student present.

COVID-19 Notice: In Alert Level 1 our  consults will be through phone or video, and in person when you need them. 

Phone 09 415 8959 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. 

We're doing COVID-19 testing, 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.

Our practices nearby are designated COVID-19 Testing Stations

The Doctors Red Beach, The Doctors WaimaukuThe Doctors New Lynn, The Doctors Onehunga, The Doctors Ti Rakau, The Doctors Middlemore

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

Enrolment Form

Ask at reception or download our  Enrolment Form

Complete all sections and email it to us including suitable identification or bring it in to the centre before your first visit.

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 09 415 8959 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

Immunisations

Immunisations: We fully endorse the National immunisation programme for children. We also endorse the influenza vaccine for adults who those who meed the ministry of health criteria (all persons over 65 years of age, or with a variety of other ‘qualifying diseases’ – check with the nurse or doctor). Other non-qualifying persons may also wish to consider the vaccine (i.e. child-care workers, checkout operators etc.)

Whooping cough has been increasingly diagnosed in the community over the last few years. The Ministry of Health is recommending and funding a booster vaccine for expectant mothers over 28 weeks gestation. It is also recommending that close family members of expected newborns be given a booster (not funded however).

Health Promotion

We see our role as one of partnering you with the common goal of optimising your health both now and in the future ( not just in treating diseases if / when they arise ). This is a privilege and we are keen to succeed in this task.

Mammogram Reminder to Women 45-69 – You are eligible for a free mammogram screening every two years. Ask your Doctor or Nurse for a referral or you can phone Breast-screen Aotearoa on 522 4765 to enrol. 

Cervical Smears – all women who are sexually active should be having regular smear tests. The laboratory we use is of international quality. Strict processes are in place. No screening test is perfect, but having a smear test has been shown many times to save lives. You can help yourself to reduce your risk by not smoking and by practising safe sex. Ask your Doctor or Nurse for advice. 

Meningococcal Disease – Meningitis is a serious infection which is highly contagious. It can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed very early. Vaccination appears to be stopping this epidemic. A different strain of meningococcal bacterium ( Meningococcal C ) is particularly affecting young persons in boarding situations. A vaccination against this is available, but not (yet) funded by the Ministry of Health. Talk to your doctor or nurse. 

Health living – exercise and dietary advice

Recall system for cervical smears, immunisations and diabetics

Minor Surgery

Skin cancer screening: We have many years of experience in diagnosing and treating / excising skin cancers. The vast majority of skin lesions can be diagnosed and dealt with ‘in-house’, although occasionally referral to a specialist dermatologist or plastic surgeon may be necessary. Resection of ingrown toenails is also performed where appropriate. We also have liquid nitrogen always available for more superficial skin damage where indicated, and for treatment of warts.

Well Person Medicals

We encourage our patients to have regular checks to prevent illness developing, or to detect and treat illnesss early. These appointments include advice on smoking, cholestrol, blood pressure, and diabetes. They also include prostate checks for men and cervical smears and breast examinations for women. Relevant blood tests can also be arranged.

Family Planning

We give advice on all contraceptive methods available. We are able to fit and remove contraceptive devices including Mirena and Jaydess. Sexual health: Advice and screening for sexually-transmitted diseases, and treatment when required. Advice and treatment for men suffering with erectile dysfunction.

Laboratory Results

Allow up to 3 working days for most results. We will phone or email you ONLY IF your result is abnormal. Please call our nurses after 9.30 if you have any queries.

Specialised Skills

Bed wetting

Sexual health – male impotency 

Counseling – As well as good listening skills (!), we also offer specific counseling assistance with weight loss, lipid (cholesterol) management, smoking cessation, appropriate exercise, and a range of other health issues.

Allergy testing: Referrals for investigation and treatment where appropriate.

Palliative care: End of life care, usually in conjunction with the North Shore (or other) Hospice.

Ear Syringing

ECG’s (Electrocardiograms)

Audiology (hearing tests)

Spirometry

Weight Loss

Reducing Cholesterol

Travel Health Consults

We offer full Travel Health advice. Please phone reception to book your travel health consult 4-6 weeks in advance of travel. We are unable to accept online bookings for this service. We are authorised as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. For more info about Travel Health at The Doctors medical centres click here.

Skin Assessments

Several of our Doctors have a particular interest and many years experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer, including chemotherapy and surgery when required. If you wish to have a full skin assessment, a separate dedicated appointment is advised. Talk to our reception staff to make an appointment.

Standard Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 6pm 
Friday 8am - 5.30pm

After Hours

Shorecare Urgent Care at Smales Farm, Takapuna Phone: 4867777 Open 24 hours 24/7.
Shorecare Urgent Care at NorthCross, 948 Eastcoast Road: 4867777 Open 8am – 8 pm 7days except public holidays.

If you have a medical emergency, call 111

 

Patient Fees

Enrolled Patient Standard Fees

Standard GP Consultation

8am - 6pm Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays)

Age Fees
0 - 13 years FREE
14 - 17 years $38
18 - 24 years $50
25 - 44 years $60
45 - 64 years $60
65+ years $49

Community Services Card (CSC) fees are $13.00 for 14-17 years and $19.50 for 18+ years

Payment to be made at time of consultation. A billing fee of $10.00 will apply if not paid at time of consultation. Unpaid accounts will incur late payment fees and collection costs. Failure to attend a booked appointment without reasonable notice will incur a $25.00 charge.

 

Non-Resident Standard Fees

Standard GP consultation

8am - 6pm Monday - Friday, Weekends & Public Holidays

 

Child $125
Adult $150

 

Payment to be made at time of consultation. A billing fee of $8.00 will apply if not paid at time of consultation.
Unpaid accounts will incur late payment fees and collection costs.
Failure to attend a booked appointment without reasonable notice will incur a $20 charge.

 

ACC Standard Fees

Enrolled ACC fees

8am - 6pm Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays)

 

 Age Fees
Child <13 FREE
Child >13 $38
Adult $49

 


ACC Surcharge/New/Casual Patients

 

 
8am - 6pm Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays)
 
Age Fees
Children $65
Adult $85
 

Payment to be made at time of consultation. A billing fee of $8.00 will apply if not paid at time of consultation.
Unpaid accounts will incur late payment fees and collection costs.
Failure to attend a booked appointment without reasonable notice will incur a $20 charge.

Medicals

30 min Doctor 15 min Nurse

Well Person Medical $300-375
Gynaecological Smear $76
Driving >65 $70
Driving <65 $80
Insurance Price on Application
Miscellaneous Price on Application

 

Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Adult Fees CSC Fees
Collected $26 $15
Faxed $30 $16
Urgent (within 2 working days & collected) $35 $17
Urgent (faxed, within 2 working days) $38 $18
Visitor   $45

 

Children <13 (collected) No Charge  
Children >13 $15  
Children >13 fax/collected $18  

 

Repeat Prescriptions - nurse@albanydocs.co.nz

 

Referral & Email Letters / Phone Consultations

Referral & Email Letters - From $25

Phone consultations - Standard Consultation Fees apply

Injections & Liquid Nitrogen

Injections - Price on Application

Steroid - $140

Allergy, Antibiotics, Acclasta, B12 - Price on Application

Liquid Nitrogen

  • Warts - $15 per site
  • Verrucas - $40 per site

Home Visits

Home Visits $180-250

Minor Surgery

Excision - Simple/Complex - $350-550
Dermal Shave - $150-180
Biopsy - $200-275

Our Team

Mandeeps Manage  
  • Dr Lee-Chen Gan

    Dr Lee-Chen Gan

    I was born and raised in Malaysia. After completed a medical degree in Taiwan, I immigrated to New Zealand in 2007. Here, I gained a Postgraduate Diploma of Child Health in 2010 and GP fellowship in 2014. I perform minor surgeries. I am able to do ingrown toenail, simple skin lesion excision and steroid injections (shoulder, knee, carpal tunnel, trigger finger etc). I speak fluent English and Chinese. I understand most Taiwanese, Cantonese but am not able to speak them. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing tennis and violin.

  • Dr Helen Sharp

    Dr Helen Sharp

    I am originally from Christchurch. After spending High School in the UK I returned with the family to NZ and did my medical training at Otago University graduating in 1993. I headed back to the UK where I did my vocational training in General Practice and worked in the NHS for 24 years. We were keen to experience the wonderful Kiwi lifestyle so my husband moved from the RAF to the RNZAF based at Whenuapai and I have been very fortunate in joining the fabulous team at AFMC.

  • Dr Samar Hamid

    Dr Samar Hamid

    I completed my Medical Degree in Pakistan in 1996. I completed my hospital and GP training in NSW and Victoria in Australia. I have recently moved to New Zealand with my husband and three children. I am Vocationally registered. I am fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi.
  • Nurse Alison Payne

    Nurse Alison Payne

    I emigrated from the UK in 2013. I have over 25 years experience of paediatric nursing both in hospital and in the community setting. I have also worked ad a Public Health nurse and was instrumental in commencing an opportunistic vaccination program within the local hospital. I enjoy the diversity of my role as a Practice Nurse and am particularly interested in paediatrics, emergency medicine and vaccination.

  • Nurse Annette O'Sullivan

    Nurse Annette O'Sullivan

    I have been a Practice Nurse since 1995, a large proportion of those years spent at Albany Family Medical Centre. Along with contact with people, I enjoy the vast diversity that Practice Nursing brings, and my areas of special interest are Childhood Vaccination, Wound care, and Asthma and Diabetes Clinic teaching. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, walking and biking with friends.

  • Nurse Anna Wang

    Nurse Anna Wang

    My employment at AFMC started in July 2014 and I am really enjoying working with my kind, funny dedicated colleagues. I feel lucky to be part of this wonderful team.

    I love travelling, and am an enthusiastic foodie. I'm enjoying my New Zealand experiences - particularly surf school at Piha, and I recently learnt to SCUBA dive.

  • Nurse Mary Thuell

    Nurse Mary Thuell

    I started with AFMC in 1997 and have been humbled and privileged to have been able to share so many wonderful people's lives and families. My special interests are now paediatrics, wound care, emergency medicine, and collaborating with my colleagues to provide a standard of care which I believe we can be very proud of. 

  • Dr Grace Beshara

    Dr Grace Beshara

    I emigrated to NZ in 2001. It is a great opportunity to work with the team at Albany Family Medical Centre. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice and my special interests are women's and children's health. In my spare time I enjoy doing activities with my family and two children.

  • Dr 'Harry' Martin

    Dr 'Harry' Martin

    After qualifying as a doctor in the UK, I travelled extensively before settling in Auckland in 1993. Being a GP and working with the team is great! I like all aspects of General Practice particularly children and women's health. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three young adult children, music, cycling, being outdoors and planning future adventures.

  • Dr John Kyle

    Dr John Kyle

    John first started as a General Practitioner in Albany in 1985 working in solo practice  until 2001 at which time he joined Paul and Philip at the current address. For many years he functioned as an examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of GP's and currently is a teaching partner with the Department of General Practice at the University of Auckland. In his spare time (when he gets some!) he enjoys painting, fishing and playing guitar.

  • Dr Philip Gluckman

    Dr Philip Gluckman

    Third generation of NZ doctors - an old family curse. Keen musician, my novel "Harry from the Agency" is available in all libraries. Absolutely love my job and I have a special interest in treating patients with Hyperhidrosis.

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