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Donovan Street Medical Centre

General Practice (GP) Service

Today

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Covid-19 testing

GP practice - enrolled patients only

This practice provides COVID-19 testing to enrolled patients. Please call the practice for more information.

RATs - Community Collection Site - Anyone can access

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) can be collected at this site. Pre-ordering is not required.

Description

We are a family centred surgery offering a full range of high quality general practice services to you and your family. We are committed to the highest possible standards and pride ourselves on continuity of care, preventive medicine, and a pro-active approach to all health issues.

We aim to provide quality healthcare and education on diabetes, weight control and asthma.

A midwife based at National Women's Hospital holds a weekly clinic here.

Commercial diving $380 medical (audiometry and spirometry not included, Doctor will give referral letter).

The Medical Centre is Cornerstone Accredited. This is the highest possible level of accreditation that a medical practice can aspire to, and acknowledges our pursuit of excellence.

Dr Nasim Ali has been practicing medicine for 31 years after graduating from Sylhet Medical College in Bangladesh in 1991. He moved to New Zealand in the mid 90s before undertaking General Practice training in 2007.  He has a special interest in Paediatrics, Neurology, Mental Health, and Emergency Medicine. Nasim is a WorkSafe accredited commercial diving doctor, and is currently undertaking further training in Cannabis Medicine. He also performs skin cancer checks and minor skin surgeries. Outside of medicine, Nasim is an avid cricket fan, loves listening to music and tending to his veggie garden.

Dr Rachel Roskvist is a graduate of the University of Auckland and completed her postgraduate training in Auckland and Northland.  She is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and has a a postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health.  She has an interest in medical education, and clinically, in Women's and Sexual Health.  In addition to working as a GP she works at the University of Auckland as a Senior Lecturer.  Outside of work she has two young children who keep her busy and happy. Having had a long association with Donovan Street Medical Centre, Rachel is excited to join the team here.

Dr Vather (MBBS (AIIMS), MFGP (SA), FRNZCGP) has over twenty five years' experience as a General Practitioner. He is vocationally registered and has previously been Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland. He has been actively involved in the training of 4th, 5th and 6th year medical students from 2000 to 2011. He has also been an examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Vather is currently not practicing.

Managing COVID-19 - Antiviral Treatment
If you are at high risk for becoming very unwell with COVID-19, pharmacies can prescribe antivirals.
You may be eligible for antiviral medication if you are:
  • Aged 65 years or older

  • Aged 50 years or older and are:

    • of Māori or Pasifika ethnicity OR
    • have not had at least two doses of COVID vaccination
  • Any age and are:

    • severely immune-suppressed OR
    • have at least 3 high-risk medical conditions for severe COVID-19 disease

Anti-viral medication needs to be started within five days from symptom onset.
Take lots of fluids , pain killers as needed.

We recommend CareHQ as our preferred GP service for patients, after-hours or when we are unavailable. CareHQ is available 7 days a week 7am - 7pm. Find out more.
Donovan Street Medical Centre patients receive a $10.00 discount on CareHQ consultations. Simply enter the coupon code PRO-1 at the payment screen, to claim your discount. Coupon code: PRO-1. 

Doctors

How do I access this service?

Enrolled patients, Make an appointment, Contact us

Enrolling new patients

No

This practice is not currently enrolling new patients.

Fees

Enrolled Patient Fees With CSC Without CSC
Under 14 years Free Free
14-17 years $46 $49
18- 24 years $56 $63
25-64 years $59 $67
65 + years $59 $59
Non-Enrolled Patient Fees
With CSC
Without CSC
Under 6 years $18 $33
6-13 years $33 $48
13-17 years $65 $65
18+ years $100 $100

SATURDAY SURCHARGE $10  UNDER 14's $5
Some variation may occur. Enquiries welcome.

Hours

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

For Saturday walk in clinic:  We will be closed all Saturdays that are part of a long weekend.  We may also be closed on occasional Saturdays for confrences or personal reasons. 

After Hours: Please dial the Practice number  09 627 1290  and follow instructions. Your call will be transferred to an after-hours service who will direct you.

OR
We recommend CareHQ as our preferred GP service for patients, after-hours or when we are unavailable. CareHQ is available 7 days a week 7am - 7pm. Find out more. 

This summer enrolled patients with CSC cards who book through https://book.unifyhealth.co.nz/

will be charged the usual fee. Simply register then click on the orange CareHQ See A GP Now button. CSC cardholder discounts are automatically calculated, and patients with no CSC card will automatically receive a $10.00 discount on CareHQ consultations when booking through Unifyhealth.


Donovan Street Medical Centre patients recieve a $10.00 discount on CareHQ consultations. Simply enter the coupon code PRO-1 at the payment screen, to claim your discount. Coupon code: PRO-1. 

For medical attention outside of these hours, please visit or call the following practices:

White Cross Urgent Care & GP - New Lynn
Phone: (09) 828 8912
Open Monday - Sunday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(Including Public Holidays)
White Cross Urgent Care & GP – Henderson 24/7
Phone: (09) 836 3336
Open 24/7

 

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (29 Mar), Easter Sunday (31 Mar), Easter Monday (1 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), King's Birthday (3 Jun), Matariki (28 Jun), Labour Day (28 Oct), Auckland Anniversary (27 Jan).

Preferred urgent care clinic out of hours: White Cross New Lynn - Urgent Care & GP.

Languages Spoken

English, Hindi

Services Provided

Adult and Child Medical Care

Your GP's surgery is far more than a place to go when you are feeling unwell and needing a quick cure. The doctor who sees you has gone through an extensive medical training to equip her or him to help children and adults of all ages with a range of physical and emotional difficulties. GPs are at the centre of the healthcare hub and will be aware of services and expertise that are available locally and further-a-field. GPs are also aware of the link that stress and unhappy life events have on physical health so know when to suggest a talking therapy rather than medication.

Your GP's surgery is far more than a place to go when you are feeling unwell and needing a quick cure. The doctor who sees you has gone through an extensive medical training to equip her or him to help children and adults of all ages with a range of physical and emotional difficulties. GPs are at the centre of the healthcare hub and will be aware of services and expertise that are available locally and further-a-field. GPs are also aware of the link that stress and unhappy life events have on physical health so know when to suggest a talking therapy rather than medication.

Minor Accident Care

Primary care practices offer a range of services and are able to deal with most minor accident care. If they are not able to deal with an injury they will refer on to the appropriate service.

Primary care practices offer a range of services and are able to deal with most minor accident care. If they are not able to deal with an injury they will refer on to the appropriate service.

Minor Surgery

Minor surgery is commonly provided in primary care practices, providing fast, competent removal and biopsies of skin lesions. Other services include cosmetic work such as removal of benign moles and skin tags. Ingrown toenail surgery is also commonly provided. These conditions do not need to be referred to a hospital, perhaps saving you a long wait or a cancelled appointment when a more serious case takes priority. If your doctor is unable to provide the procedure you need, he/she may know a neighbouring GP who does. Otherwise, the PHO will have a list of GPs trained in particular operations. Skin cancer assessment and management by surgery if necessary.

Minor surgery is commonly provided in primary care practices, providing fast, competent removal and biopsies of skin lesions. Other services include cosmetic work such as removal of benign moles and skin tags. Ingrown toenail surgery is also commonly provided. 
These conditions do not need to be referred to a hospital, perhaps saving you a long wait or a cancelled appointment when a more serious case takes priority. 
If your doctor is unable to provide the procedure you need, he/she may know a neighbouring GP who does. Otherwise, the PHO will have a list of GPs trained in particular operations.

Skin cancer assessment and management by surgery if necessary.

Repeat Prescriptions

Each GP surgery or primary care practice will have its own procedure for repeat prescribing but the following rules are common to most, if not all. Patients who are well-known to the practice who have a stable condition like asthma, hypertension or diabetes could be allowed to get a repeat prescription for up to six months. Repeat prescriptions are never given to patients who are not known to the practice and there is probably a blanket ban on repeats for narcotics and other drugs that could be misused as doctors are expected to monitor these drugs carefully.

Each GP surgery or primary care practice will have its own procedure for repeat prescribing but the following rules are common to most, if not all. Patients who are well-known to the practice who have a stable condition like asthma, hypertension or diabetes could be allowed to get a repeat prescription for up to six months. Repeat prescriptions are never given to patients who are not known to the practice and there is probably a blanket ban on repeats for narcotics and other drugs that could be misused as doctors are expected to monitor these drugs carefully.

Lab Results

Sometimes your doctor needs to take a sample of blood or urine either to discover what is wrong with you or to measure something in your blood so that the right medication is given to you. These tests could be anything from blood sugar to a full blood count or a sample of tissue to test for cancer. While urine can generally be tested in the surgery, blood and other specimens are usually sent away for testing at a laboratory. Most results come back within 48 hours unless a very rare test is needed which has to go to a specialist lab further away when it might take a little longer.

Sometimes your doctor needs to take a sample of blood or urine either to discover what is wrong with you or to measure something in your blood so that the right medication is given to you. These tests could be anything from blood sugar to a full blood count or a sample of tissue to test for cancer.

While urine can generally be tested in the surgery, blood and other specimens are usually sent away for testing at a laboratory. Most results come back within 48 hours unless a very rare test is needed which has to go to a specialist lab further away when it might take a little longer.

Liquid Nitrogen

Liquid nitrogen is a fast, effective treatment provided in many practices to treat viral warts, sun damaged skin, skin tags and many benign cosmetic lesions. It comes in a container with a nozzle and is usually applied by swab or spray. Often one treatment is all that is needed but sometimes it may need repeating after two weeks. Because it cannot be stored for too long, you will often find that your GP will treat a number of patients one after the other. For more information click here. By appointment only.

Liquid nitrogen is a fast, effective treatment provided in many practices to treat viral warts, sun damaged skin, skin tags and many benign cosmetic lesions. It comes in a container with a nozzle and is usually applied by swab or spray. Often one treatment is all that is needed but sometimes it may need repeating after two weeks.
Because it cannot be stored for too long, you will often find that your GP will treat a number of patients one after the other. 

For more information click here.

By appointment only.

Cervical Screening

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 – 69 who have ever had intimate skin-to-skin contact or been sexually active should have regular cervical screening. This includes women who have been immunised against HPV. Together, regular screening and HPV immunisation provide the best protection against cervical cancer. There are now more options for how you have cervical screening done: a simple vaginal swab test for HPV, either done yourself or with help from a healthcare professional a cervical sample taken by a healthcare professional (used to be known as a smear test). Talk with your healthcare provider to decide which option is best for you. If HPV is found, you may need to have a follow-up test or be referred directly for colposcopy. If you’ve not yet had HPV testing, you should be screened 3 years after your last test (or 1 year if immune deficient). Once you have had an HPV test, and providing HPV is not found, your next screening will be in 5 years (or 3 years if immune deficient). For more information: Cervical screening | Time to Screen - National Screening Unit

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 – 69 who have ever had intimate skin-to-skin contact or been sexually active should have regular cervical screening. This includes women who have been immunised against HPV. Together, regular screening and HPV immunisation provide the best protection against cervical cancer.

There are now more options for how you have cervical screening done:

  • a simple vaginal swab test for HPV, either done yourself or with help from a healthcare professional
  • a cervical sample taken by a healthcare professional (used to be known as a smear test).

Talk with your healthcare provider to decide which option is best for you.

If HPV is found, you may need to have a follow-up test or be referred directly for colposcopy.

If you’ve not yet had HPV testing, you should be screened 3 years after your last test (or 1 year if immune deficient). Once you have had an HPV test, and providing HPV is not found, your next screening will be in 5 years (or 3 years if immune deficient).

For more information: Cervical screening | Time to Screen - National Screening Unit

ECG

An ECG is a recording of your heart's electrical activity. Electrode patches are attached to your skin to measure the electrical impulses given off by your heart. The result is a trace that can be read by a doctor. It can give information of previous heart attacks or problems with the heart rhythm.

An ECG is a recording of your heart's electrical activity. Electrode patches are attached to your skin to measure the electrical impulses given off by your heart. The result is a trace that can be read by a doctor. It can give information of previous heart attacks or problems with the heart rhythm.

Travel Advice / Immunisations

Another service offered to you at your GP surgery (primary care practice) is advice and immunisation before you go to another country. While you are likely to have the immunisations needed to live in New Zealand, there may be other injections you need to protect yourself before going for example to Africa or South America. In some places you will need protection from rabies or malaria. Yellow fever vaccinations are only available at approved centres; please click here to view the centres in New Zealand. Your doctor will be able to tell you what diseases you will need to be protected from in any named country and advise you on other medical matters. Comprehensive travel advice and all travel vaccines available

Another service offered to you at your GP surgery (primary care practice) is advice and immunisation before you go to another country. While you are likely to have the immunisations needed to live in New Zealand, there may be other injections you need to protect yourself before going for example to Africa or South America. In some places you will need protection from rabies or malaria. Yellow fever vaccinations are only available at approved centres; please click here to view the centres in New Zealand. Your doctor will be able to tell you what diseases you will need to be protected from in any named country and advise you on other medical matters. 

Comprehensive travel advice and all travel vaccines available

Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health Checks – Birth to Three Years

All New Zealand children are entitled to 11 free health checks from birth to three years. The checks aim to ensure that children are growing and developing as well as possible. Included in the checks are clinical assessment, health education and family/whanau support. Baby checks are at birth and then at 24 hours, five days and around 2-4 weeks. Babies are weighed and measured to ensure that they are developing correctly. These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed; difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep for example. They can also be used to discuss immunisations and vaccinations. These checks will be carried out by your lead maternity carer (LMC). Between the ages of 4-6 weeks and three years, there are seven core health checks available, typically these are around 4-6 weeks, 8-10 weeks, 3-4 months, 5-7 months, 9-12 months, 15-18 months and 2-3 years. These checks may be carried out by a Well Child Provider of your choice e.g. Plunket, Maori health provider, community nurse, a general practice team (doctor and practice nurse). Your LMC will be able to give you a list of Well Child Providers in your area. More information about Well Child services is available on the Ministry of Health website.

All New Zealand children are entitled to 11 free health checks from birth to three years. The checks aim to ensure that children are growing and developing as well as possible. Included in the checks are clinical assessment, health education and family/whānau support.

Baby checks are at birth and then at 24 hours, five days and around 2-4 weeks. Babies are weighed and measured to ensure that they are developing correctly. These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed; difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep for example. They can also be used to discuss immunisations and vaccinations. These checks will be carried out by your lead maternity carer (LMC).

Between the ages of 4-6 weeks and three years, there are seven core health checks available, typically these are around 4-6 weeks, 8-10 weeks, 3-4 months, 5-7 months, 9-12 months, 15-18 months and 2-3 years. These checks may be carried out by a Well Child Provider of your choice e.g. Plunket, Māori health provider, community nurse, a general practice team (doctor and practice nurse). Your LMC will be able to give you a list of Well Child Providers in your area.

More information about Well Child services is available on the Ministry of Health website.
 

COVID-19 Vaccination

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines Covid-19 vaccines can be administered before, after, or at the same time as other national schedule vaccines. When the Nuvaxovid vaccine is given at the same time as the Shingrix shingles vaccine or the Fluad Quad flu vaccine, there may be a chance of experiencing a stronger post-vaccination response and you should discuss this with your vaccinator.

  • Pfizer vaccine (12+ years)
  • Child Pfizer vaccine (5-11 years)
  • Eligible GP enrolled patients only
  • Make an appointment

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines can be administered before, after, or at the same time as other national schedule vaccines. When the Nuvaxovid vaccine is given at the same time as the Shingrix shingles vaccine or the Fluad Quad flu vaccine, there may be a chance of experiencing a stronger post-vaccination response and you should discuss this with your vaccinator.

Immunisation

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way to provide protection for you and your tamariki’s health. For more information view the NZ immunisation schedule.

  • Pregnancy vaccinations
  • Childhood immunisation programme
  • 45 year old vaccinations
  • 65 year old vaccinations
  • Adult flu vaccine
  • Child flu vaccine
  • Diphtheria / Tetanus / Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Measles / Mumps / Rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Shingles vaccine
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Catch-up missed vaccinations
  • Privately funded vaccinations

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way to provide protection for you and your tamariki’s health. For more information view the NZ immunisation schedule.

Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

  • Wheelchair access

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access, Mobility parking space, Assistance to move around, More space to move around

Contact Details

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Healthcare during the Christmas break

  • Telephone Donovan Street Medical Centre. The call will be answered by our nurses at Whakarongorau, who will help you work out what the right thing for you is.

  • Go online to contact our CareHQ service using the CareHQ app on a smartphone, tablet or computer with an internet connection. This is a trusted service where you will receive a virtual GP consultation with a real doctor. To find out more, visit carehq.co.nz.

8 Donovan Street
Blockhouse Bay
Auckland 0600

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Blockhouse Bay
Auckland 0600

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Blockhouse Bay
Auckland 0600

This page was last updated at 11:53AM on February 19, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Donovan Street Medical Centre.