About our Practice

Our History
Dr Nick Gailer opened the practice in 1994. At that time there was no pharmacy in Greenhithe and ambulances could take up to 20 minutes to arrive. Over the years we have responded to many types of emergencies and we carry emergency equipment such as oxygen and defibrillator. We have specialised in many different areas of medicine including acupuncture, minor surgery and clinical drug trials. Dr Gailer has been the Principal Investigator for over a dozen clinical trials. Dr Gailer was the New Zealand pioneer of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, today one of the most popular treatments for varicose veins.

Enrolment with our Practice
You will be asked whether you want to enrol at our practice.  Enrolment is a process where you sign up with that practice as your preferred provider of the majority of your primary healthcare.  This long term relationship aims to improve your healthcare.  You also qualify for lower fees at the start of the quarter following your sign up at which point your government capitation subsidy commences.  You can change to another doctor any time.  Just ask and we will be happy to assist you.

Your Contact Details
Please keep us up to date with your contact details so we can do our best to contact you when needed for your healthcare.


Guidelines for Making Appointments
Standard appointments: are scheduled for 10-15 minute intervals.  Our fees are deliberately kept low and are based on consultations where the consultation and any related tasks (referrals, reports, result follow-up etc) is completed in 15 minutes. This will help to make time management more streamlined.  See below about waiting time and delays.

Longer appointments: If you think you need more than a 10 minute appointment, please remember to book a longer appointment or plan to return for a second appointment which will incur an extra fee.

Medicals: Insurance and immigration medicals require longer appointments. Please ask the receptionist.  Please be specific.

Urgent: If you are acutely unwell please ring the surgery and ask to speak to the nurse who will make arrangements.

Waiting Times and Delays: We make every effort to run to time but on occasions unexpected emergencies or a consultation running over time will cause delays.

Repeat Prescriptions
We are happy to provide repeat prescriptions for certain stable ongoing conditions according to a policy developed by the practice consistent with safe medical care.  You will be required to see your Doctor for a review at regular intervals to ensure your conditions are monitored properly to improve your health. Prescriptions ordered outside of consultation will attract an extra charge.

Test Results
We will do our best to contact you with any results that we consider will affect your healthcare and to arrange follow-up and action if needed.  You are welcome to phone and ask the nurse for your results if you have not heard.  We endeavour to be perfect in contacting everyone who needs to be but if you are concerned please ring us.

Complaints and Feedback
Please contact us early if you have any complaints so we can work together to put it right. Alternatively you can approach the Health and Disability Commission or the Medical Council of New Zealand if you feel this is warranted.  This is in accordance with the Health and Disability Act. We welcome suggestions in the suggestion box in reception area so we can improve our service.

Health Promotion
Our practice maximises the use of programmes that are funded and or released by the Ministry of Health, ACC or other health promotion activities or agencies. These programmes are based on the 13 health gain priorities of the Ministry of Health.

After hours please phone 09 413 8562 to speak to an after hours nurse or go to

ShoreCare (phone 09 486 7777) at either Smales Farm or Northcross.


In a life-threatening situation phone 111 for an ambulance or go to your nearest Emergency Department.

Greenhithe Medical Centre

22 Greenhithe Road, Greenhithe, Auckland 0632