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Dr David McAuley - Neurologist

Private Service, Neurology



Dr McAuley also works at the following locations:

Auckland City Hospital Neurology and Neurology Clinic
Auckland City 
Ph: (09) 367 0000 

What is Neurology?
Neurology is the study of the Nervous System (brain, spinal cord and nerves), how it controls various parts of the body and the diseases and disorders that may affect it. The medical specialty also includes the study of muscle diseases.

The brain coordinates how we think and what we do physically as well as controlling how the body manages itself.  It sends messages to, and receives information from, the rest of the body via a complex system of nerves which use chemicals and electricity to send information.
The Nervous System can be divided into the:
  • voluntary nervous system which controls what we choose to do and the
  • involuntary or autonomic nervous system that controls automatic functions that we don’t have to think about.
 A medical specialist in this field is a Neurologist. A Neurosurgeon is a surgeon who operates on parts of the nervous system. The two specialists often work together, depending on the problem.


Referral Expectations

Your GP will refer you to see a neurologist if they think you have a problem that involves the nervous system and that needs specialist help in diagnosing or treating that condition.
Before coming to your appointment you may be asked to undergo some tests or these tests will be arranged after your appointment with the neurologist.  These are listed below in detail. 

A history of your symptoms will be taken as well as a review of any medications you are on (so please bring these with you or a list of them). Please also bring your glasses and any relevant x-rays or scans that you have had. It is often helpful if you write down a list of your symptoms so that you don't forget to mention everything which is concerning you. The doctor may also review any old notes and previous problems you have had. Copies of recent hospital discharge letters or copies of other specialist's opinions can be particularly helpful. You are encouraged to be accompanied by family members or others who can help with an account of the problems. If you do not speak English well please ask someone to come along with you who can, or perhaps consider employing a translator.

You will then be examined, which may include a general examination as well as an examination of the nervous system.  An examination of the brain and nerves may include testing your memory and concentration as well as other aspects of thinking processes. It also involves examining how well the nerves to your head and body are working. You may have further testing to establish the diagnosis.

The specialist will discuss with you the possible diagnosis and what further tests or treatments are recommended. They will correspond with your GP about your diagnosis, results of tests and a treatment plan. You may have ongoing follow-up with the neurologist or return to the care of your GP. 


David is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for consultantions.


Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Procedures / Treatments / Common Conditions

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    An EEG is a test to detect abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain.… More

  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)

    NCS are tests of the speed of conduction of impulses through a nerve. A doctor performs the tests with a technician.… More

  • Electromyography (EMG)

    EMG is a test that assesses disorders of muscles and the nerves controlling them.… More

  • Lumbar Puncture (LP)

    Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  It is often helpful when diagnosing certain conditions to examine this fluid for cells and chemicals/proteins. A lumbar puncture allows the doctor to examine the content and pressure of this fluid.… More

  • Radiology

    Computer Tomography (CT)
    A CT image is created by using an x-ray beam, which is sent through the body from different angles giving cross-sectional images of the body.… More

  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is a condition where people have seizures or ‘fits’. Seizures may present in many forms but are due to bursts of electrical activity within the brain. The problem can be with the electricity of the brain on its own or due to some underlying structural lesion of the brain.… More

  • Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain characterised by shaking (tremor), slowing of movement and difficulty with walking and coordination.… More

  • Headaches/Migraines

    Most headaches are not due to significant underlying problems but you may be referred if your GP is worried about the nature of your headaches or you are having difficulty controlling them with standard treatment. … More

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease involving the brain and spinal cord.  It occurs over time in multiple sites in these two areas of the nervous system.… More

  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

    This refers to a group of progressive disorders where there is destruction of motor neurones (the nerves that control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing).… More

Travel Directions

Ascot Hospital is in Green Lane Road East adjacent to the Ellerslie Racecourse.

Take Greenlane offramp from the Southern Motorway.

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Some free parking is available on the Ascot Hospital site but is in demand. There is a time limit.

Other parking is available to the rear of the building.

Contact Details

Ground Floor
Ascot Hospital
90 Greenlane Road East
Auckland 1050

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Ground Floor
Ascot Hospital
90 Greenlane Road East
Auckland 1050

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Ground Floor
Ascot Hospital
90 Greenlane Road East
Auckland 1050
New Zealand

This page was last updated at 3:12PM on June 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr David McAuley - Neurologist.