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Primary Care Clinical Directors | Auckland | Te Toka Tumai | Te Whatu Ora

Public Service, Hospital-based support service


Formerly Auckland DHB Primary Care Clinical Directors

GPs in the Hospital

ADHB currently has three GPs working as Primary Care clinical directors at Auckland, Greenlane and Starship hospitals:

  • Dr Barnett Bond : works in Starship Children's Hospital (all departments) and Radiology.

  • Dr Jim Kriechbaum : works in Adult Medicine, Cardiology and Long Term Conditions

  • Dr Neeta Haribhai  works in Orthopaedics

All are very experienced in primary care and still work in practice. 


The GP liaison role has changed and GPs are now part of the Clinical Director tier as Primary Care advisors.

Referral Expectations

Every specialist department has its own criteria for acceptance. If criteria are strict they are usually embedded in eReferrals e.g. cataract and bariatric surgery. Information can be found on Auckland Regional Health Pathways on Primary Care management of conditions and indications for referral to Secondary Care.

Many conditions can be appropriately managed in general practice. Assistance is sought from the hospital (secondary care) when appropriate. Phone advice is encouraged.

A referral for an opinion without the patient necessarily being seen, known as a virtual consult, is acceptable.

A well penned informative referral to secondary care makes prioritising the case more efficient and the time the patient waits more appropriate. If cancer is suspected make sure the referral highlights this.

All referrals are via the Care Connect e-referrals system.
Acute referrals are still made by a phone call to the appropriate service and submitting an Acute Admission e referral.

All faxing has ceased.

The ED department at Auckland now has a new acute assessment area where GP referrals are seen and chronic or subacute conditions that come to ED are seen, leaving ED to manage emergencies.

We now have a GP skin lesion removal service for suitable patients to have their surgery performed by qualified GPs in the community. This is a regional service with Waitemata and Counties. Referrals are made to your District hospital headed Skin Lesion Service. When using eReferrals choose "Skin lesions" in the search.  

Healthpoint is your one stop website for information on hospital services and referral requirements.

Auckland Regional Health Pathways have comprehensive advice on the investigation and management of conditions in primary care. They can be accessed on line or via your patient management system e.g. Medtech or MyPractice.

Communication with primary care is now made through one portal called Medinz. This should be installed at your practice and you can personally decide how to receive notifications.

Contact Details

Auckland City Hospital

Central Auckland

  • Patient enquiries

    (09) 375 4300

  • Known extension/pager

    (09) 307 4949

  • Acute Referrals Service

    (09) 375 7030, Ext: 24048 

  • Emergency Department

    (09) 367 0000, open 24 hours / 7 days

  • Outpatient appointments & surgical booking enquiries

    (09) 638 0400 / scheduling@adhb.govt.nz 

Mental Health Services

  • 24 Hour Crisis Line

    0800 800717

  • GP / External Specialist Help Desk

    (09) 307 2800

2 Park Road
Auckland 1023

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2 Park Road
Auckland 1023

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 11:38AM on July 9, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Primary Care Clinical Directors | Auckland | Te Toka Tumai | Te Whatu Ora.