As the county's biggest city, Auckland offers a full range of medical options from local doctors (GPs) to specialist care.
Three district health boards manage around 20,000 staff and see over 1 million patients a year at 6 main hospitals and a range of other facilities.
District Health Boards
There are three District Health Boards in the Auckland region. They are responsible for providing, or funding the provision of, health and disability services for the people of the Auckland region.
Over 80% of the Auckland lives within the ADHB area. Facilities include New Zealand's largest hospital facility, opened in 2003, which is an amalgam of four previously separate hospitals:
Counties Manukau DHB
Oversees the Manukau ward (South Auckland) and also south to Pukekohe and Franklin, and includes Middlemore Hospital
Oversees the Whau ward (West and North Auckland)
Public hospitals in Auckland DHB
Public hospitals in Counties Manukau DHB
Public hospitals in Waitemata DHB
To find private hospitals in Auckland search on the Ministry of Health webpage.
Local Health Centres and doctors (GPs)
Doctors (GPs) are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.
Use the Healthpoint directory to find a doctor in Auckland. This directory can be searched for male or female GPs as well as those accepting new patients. There is a also an option to search by language spoken.
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
Mental Health Services
The Auckland DHB runs a health service in Auckland, providing specialist mental health services including a 7-day 24 hour emergency assistance line.
For urgent assistance after hours 7 days a week: 0800 800 717
or ring Healthline ph 0800 611 116
After hours clinics
Healthcare is available outside of normal working hours across the Auckland region. Check the Healthline website to find your nearest after hours clinic.
If you are feeling unwell or need some urgent medical advice, Healthline also offers a 24 hour health service over the phone. You can call them on 0800 611 116.
After hours pharmacies
There are about 20 urgent pharmacies operating extended hours in Auckland. The Doctor or health practitioner who writes your prescription will probably know the one closest to you.
This Yellow pages link shows 22 After Hours pharmacies and includes a Google map.
The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise car seat education services, parenting education and parenting groups. See the links below for services in your area.
Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.
Having a baby
A wide range of maternity services are available throughout the Auckland region. Check the Healthpoint maternity page for more information
Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes. Call 0800 725 463 or visit their website.
Hospice is specialist care given to those with life-limiting illness. They provides hospice care in the region free of charge and in the setting of their choice.