Innovative and forward thinking, the Kaipara Medical Centre is part owned by its community. It provides key essential medical services supporting the dispersed rural South Kaipara community. In 2013 a new ownership model was introduced. Shareholding partners include the Helensville District Health Trust, Waitemata District Health Board, and local long-serving Doctors. This unique business model is an enabler for the Medical Centre to be tremendously focused on & responsive to the needs of Helensville and its surrounding South Kaipara rural community.
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The team at the Kaipara Medical Centre includes six permanent GPs and a fabulous team of nine Nurses.
We also have seven administration staff, to ensure our service to our patients is delivered as promptly and professionally as possible.
Dr Phillip Barter grew up in the South of England, and trained at Bart’s Hospital in London, commencing his General Practice there before moving to NZ. A fellow of the Royal College of GPs he has instructed registrars since 2010 and is the clinical lead at the Kaipara Medical Centre. His main areas of interest are diabetes and asthma.
Dr Dean Foster has been in general practice for about 18 years with most of his work being in or near Auckland. He enjoyed moving to Helensville, with his family, in 2014. Although experienced in the wider aspects of General Practice, his special interests include sports medicine, minor surgery, aviation and dive medicine.
Dr Trinh Wright has been a part of the team at Kaipara Medical Centre since mid 2014 when she came to do her registrar training. Having grown up and trained in New Zealand, she is dedicated to reducing health inequalities and has a special interest in children’s health.
A registrar doctor works at the Medical Centre 8:30am - 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A registrar doctor is fully qualified, sometimes with years of experience in hospital. The 5 month long placement with the Medical Centre is to enable the doctor to experience the varied cases that are part of rural practice. The registrar is supervised and mentored by the senior staff. The placement forms part of their ongoing education so that at the end of a year they will be ready to sit the exams for the first part of the specialist GP qualification.
When visiting the Centre, you may be asked if you would mind being seen by the registrar. He or she will have full access to your medical notes on the computer and will always refer to your own GP or senior staff member, if necessary. If you would prefer to visit your usual Doctor, that is absolutely fine – you will never be pressured into seeing the Registrar.