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Tamaki Health has grown from a small stand alone clinic in the heart of South Auckland to a network of nearly 40 clinics throughout Auckland

The original clinic in Otara founded by Dr Kantilal and Rajna Patel. The clinic is still part of the Tamaki Group operating under the Local Doctors brand

We began as a single South Auckland GP clinic and we haven't forgotten the core value of access to affordable, high quality medical care

Our company began when Dr Kantilal Patel and Ranjna Patel co-founded East Tamaki Healthcare as a single GP clinic in Otara in 1977. Their goal was to improve access to affordable healthcare in South Auckland.

By 2009, the company had grown to nearly 20 clinics including urgent care clinic group White Cross. 

In 2019 the company became Tamaki Healthcare. Tamaki being the Maori word for Auckland, still reflecting our origins. Tamaki now has nearly 50 clinics from Whangarei to Christchurch. We operate primarily under the brands of Local Doctors and White Cross Urgent Care. Tamaki employs nearly 1,000 staff who treat over 4,000 patients per day. We are now the largest independently owned primary healthcare group in New Zealand.

Founders Kantilal and and Ranjna received the Queens honours for their services to healthcare and the community. Both hold Queen Services medals and, in 2017, Ranjna also became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit including for her work in founding Gandhi Nivas. Ghandi Nivas is a charity that helps prevent domestic violence.

Local Doctors – formerly East Tamaki Healthcare ETHC – is a friendly, high-quality network of general practice clinics located in Auckland and Christchurch.

As a patient enrolled with Local Doctors, you benefit from that breadth of personal skill and knowledge, and from our exceptional information technology. 

You have the option of attending any of our clinics and be seen by a team who already knows your health needs. Our clinics have a mix of appointment bookings and walk-in services for your convenience.

What makes us different?

We make ourselves available for longer than most other medical clinics, so we can take better care of you.

Local Doctors specialises in the health and wellbeing of people in our communities with high health needs and often low incomes. Local Doctors clinics are the largest provider of Pasifika primary healthcare services in South Auckland.

Our staff are ethnically diverse, with many able to speak multiple languages.

Check out our Local Doctor clinic pages to find out what services each offers, where they are, our opening hours, how to order a repeat prescription or book an appointment, what our low-cost fees are and more.

At Local Doctors we try harder to make things better for all.