Torbay Community Doctors
Primary Healthcare Service
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
GP practice - enrolled and casual patients
This practice provides Covid-19 testing to enrolled and casual patients. Please call the practice for more information.
Covid testing hours
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
|Mon – Tue||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wed||8:30 AM – 12:00 PM|
|Thu||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Fri||8:30 AM – 3:30 PM|
Please remain in your car in rear carpark or on Willis St. Ring reception and await guidance. Please wear a mask. Use hand sanitiser as you enter REAR steps. You will be directed to our Respiratory Surgery. You will leave via this entrance. There is no fee for COVID testing. Any other fees will need to be paid on-line as you will not return through our reception.
We are a family centred surgery where you only see your own GP and where everyone knows your name. We offer a full range of general practice services to you and your family.
Consultations are by appointment. Our standard consultation time is 15 minutes - this will vary to give you the time you need.
Its time for FLUVAX - available from April 2021. This is the last year of catchup for Shingles Vaccine ZOSTAVAX for 65-79 yr olds. Next year it will only be given to 65yr olds. We will offer Pneumovax vaccines to people with chronic respiratory diseases. This vaccine is free only in a very limited number of circumstances.
For our younger people HPV vaccine reduces the risk of serious consequences of human papilloma virus infection. This is free under 26yrs and should be completed if this has not already been done.
Contact our nurses for help with all immunisation questions.
Our Fees - Rationale
We welcome all of our patients and will continue to charge our usual fees and provide our usual services. We currently still charge a fee for children 6-14yrs .
From December 1 2018 the Government has announced that some practices will charge Community Card Holders $18.50 for a consultation and that children under 14yrs will be free (this does not change funding for non-Community Card holders). The subsidies that they provide for these services match about 2/3 of the amount we need to cover our expenses. As such we have not accepted this subsidy as we believe it will short change the care of Community Card Holders, make GP practices less viable, cause costs to be passed onto non-Community Card holders and probably increase hospital admissions. It is likely that if you attend another practice that any additional services you get over a simple consultation will be charged as extra to try to recover some of these losses at those practices.
We regret that if you are a Community Card Holder that you might have to accept an apparently cheaper service from another provider as we believe that the doctor/patient relationship is the core of General Practice.
Dr Hunter will recommend the most appropriate medicines to treat your conditions. If you have a question about your medication please consult with Dr Hunter who will be happy to discuss this based on scientific knowledge and 35yrs experience.
This will eventually be available to all patients. We are privileged that scientists have done 10yrs work in 10 months to bring us this benefit. When offered a vaccine we would hope all of our patients take up this opportunity. While we respect your right to decline this vaccination this may limit your access to services, large events and travel and pose a risk to the vulnerable in society. We respect science and leadership in our practice.
Vaccination will probably cause a small number of problems which we will deal with as they arise. This will be nothing in comparison to the devastation of infection in terms of loss of life and long term health implications in the unvaccinated. Vaccination has a proven track record in preventing many diseases most of you have never seen. It is likely to cause us all a little anxiety but we are all being asked to choose between science or the opinions of the untrained. I am happy to have chosen to have the vaccine with resultant minor sore arm (briefly). We have to have faith in medicines greats....
We now have the ability to move out of this "Groundhog Day" we find ourselves in. Pregnant, breastfeeding and children under 16yrs are not at present covered by safety data but this is expected to follow with overseas experience. We must get vaccinated to protect our children (tamariki and mokopuna) until such time we get the approval to vaccinate them. I do not wish to engage in a war of wills with people who are anti-vaccination but please remember that to personally be safest we need to encourage everyone to get vaccinated whatever our stance.
Dr Paul Hunter
Our team is made up of one GP, Dr Paul Hunter, so you will always see the same person. Paul has been a GP in Torbay for 34 years. He offers a friendly personal approach to his patients.
He is interested in skin diagnosis and treatment - using a dermasope for diagnosis and cryo-gun for liquid nitrogen therapy. He has many years' experience in removal of skin lesions.
Many of our patients are older so he is experienced with multiple and complex problems of elderly patients - Paul also offers a clinic at a local retirement village.
Our younger patients are on the increase and so we also have an interest in children's health.
We are able to offer care and diagnosis for problems that specifically relate to men and women.
Paul has an interest in issues relating to counselling and mental health.
Sharon is our nurse. She can assist with all your nursing needs in a friendly and helpful manner. She is very experienced also and can educate, vaccinate and perform smear testing.
Kay is our receptionist. She will get to know you and your family as she arranges appointments and performs the complex tasks of practice administration. Carol shares reception duties with Kay later in the week.
Email and Cell Phone Contact
We rely on these contact methods for speed and efficiency. Please make sure that these details are up to date with our receptionist.
Our Text Phone (Not for voice message or urgent contact): 021 223 6775 this is monitored through the day and provides a convenient method of contact. We can email you with results and forms as needed. Please check your cellphone and email contact details (as well as usual address) are up to date at each visit.
Our Nurse email:
General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
Enrolling new patients
This practice is enrolling new patients.
Enrolled Patient Usual Fees - (maximum usual fee)
|Under 6 yrs||free|
$31 - ($31)
|18-24 yrs||$42 - ($51)|
|25-44yrs||$54 - ($59.50)|
|45-64 yrs||$54 - ($59.50)|
|65+ yrs||$54 - ($59.50) CSC $49 discretionary|
Our fee structure varies. Maximum DHB controlled fees for usual service are shown in brackets. Extra fees may apply for use of specialised materials, equipment or time. We try to keep this to a minimum.
Prescriptions - these are best arranged at least one day prior - extra fees may apply to same day, faxed or urgent prescriptions or applications for special authorities.
One of our nurses can perform smear tests for $40. Fees apply for nursing services.
Skin lesion excision from $300.
ACC surcharge is $25-40 with a reduced fee for repeat ACC dressings.
We offer a wide range of vaccines for travel and seasonal flu vaccines (free to many patients).
We are now able to make your claims at the end of your consultation for Southern Cross Members through their Easy-Claim system streamlining availability of your insurance benefits.
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
|Mon||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tue||8:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wed||8:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Thu – Fri||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
We are trialling having no surgery every alternate Wednesday morning. There are now more appointments available on Thursday on these weeks and these can be booked here on the portal.
We have reduced our hours to 5pm closing for the next month due to our different working methods at present. We will adapt this as needed.
The practice is closed for lunch from 1pm-2pm daily, and until 2.30pm on Tuesdays.
After hours contact:
ShoreCare Clinics: Sovereign Building, Smale's Farm, 74 Taharoto Rd, Takapuna. Open 24hrs.
948 East Coast Rd, Northcross. Until 8pm each evening. Currently A Community Based Assessment Centre for COVID 19 (by arranged appointment only)
Ph (09) 486 7777 - no advice is given over the phone.
In case of emergency Dial 111 and ask for ambulance.
North Shore Hospital Emergency Clinic is open 24hrs. Shakespeare Rd, Milford.
Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.
Preferred urgent care clinic out of hours: Shorecare Urgent Care Northcross.
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Online Booking URL
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Enrolment forms - for new enrolments and where requested to update, please use this form, sign it and post or email it back to us. Please note children require their own form from 16yrs. Please include appropriate ID eg Passport, CSC or Birth Cert to prove eligibility for enrolment.
(09) 473 9594
The surgery is open for consultations. The surgery has been reconfigured to separate different areas of care and to better protect our staff and patients.
We need to know if you or anyone in your group have symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath at the time of booking. If you are attending the surgery then phone the reception to let them know you have arrived in the carpark. Remain in your car until you are directed to appropriate areas of care.
Video or Phone Consultations can still be booked through the portal or via reception. This can allow non-contact consultations and assessments of what further measures may be required but is best suited to purely administrative functions and assessments where talking and advice make up the bulk of need.
Appointment booking is available through our patient portal or through reception. Please sign up to use this service through reception.
Access to the Portal is at Dr Hunter - portal or search for Torbay Community Doctor on the Connectmed site and follow the instructions.
Video Consultations are by appointment only.
Enter the Virtual Waiting Room - Click Virtual Waiting (https://doxy.me/drphunter) - enter and wait just prior to your appointment time
Phone Consultation on Cellphones - The Doctor will text you from the phone you are to call for the consultation - select option 3 at the voice prompt
Phone Consultation - Landlines - The Doctor will call you at your appointment time.
We prefer contactless electronic forms of payment.
Text phone (Txt only) 021 223 6775
Nurse email email@example.com
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PO Box 89025
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This page was last updated at 10:22AM on March 23, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Torbay Community Doctors.