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About Kensington Health

Your Whangarei Family Doctors

Our History

Kensington Health, originally known as Primecare, was established as a Whangarei family doctors’ practice in April 1988. Our first clinic was opened by then Health Minister Helen Clark. Dr Vivienne Arkinstall was the first general practitioner at the time, followed shortly by Dr Dave Bawden and Dr Melissa Gilbert-Smith, who not only reimagined Primecare into the Kensington Health that we have today, but continue to be a pivotal part of our team.

Kensington Health changed its name from Primecare in 2018 and moved into the newly established Kensington Health Hub building of August 2020. We have continued to grow, expanding into an additional adjacent space in early 2023 where we can offer an increased range of providers and services to our patients.

Our caring and highly skilled staff can provide a full range of general practice consultations. You will find us in the Kensington Health Hub building on 8 Kensington Avenue and we are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our whānau.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

Meet our team

Dave B
laura greens
Nurse Practitioner & Director
General Practitioner