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Auckland DHB Primary Care Clinical Directors

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GPs in the Hospital

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

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

  • Dr Jim Kriechbaum : works in cardiology and long term conditions

  • Dr Kathy McDonald   works in adult surgery

  • Dr Neeta Haribhai  works in orthopaedics

  • Dr Orna McGinn   has just been appointed to women's health

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.

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.

An eReferrals system is now in place.  All departments are now using this and e-triaging at the hospital end.  Acute referrals are still made by a phone call to the appropriate service.

All faxing will cease by end May 2021.

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 DHB headed Skin Lesion Service. When using eReferrals choose "Skin lesions" in the search.  At Auckland DHB the service is under General Surgery.

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

Health pathways are being developed for Auckland and many are complete. 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

  • Admission & Planning Unit

    Ext 24210 / 23225 

  • Acute Referrals Service

    (09) 375 7030, Ext: 24048 

  • Emergency Department

    (09) 376 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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Street Address

2 Park Road
Auckland 1023

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 11:51AM on May 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Primary Care Clinical Directors.