Doctors & Staff
Fiordland Medical Practice is located in the picturesque lakeside town of Te Anau. We have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and administration staff who are committed to providing high quality health care.
Most of our staff are keen on outdoor activities of one sort or another, and Te Anau provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy our wonderful region. This keeps our team in good health and well prepared to look after you, our patients!
Fiordland Medical Practice GP's are available Monday-Saturday and urgent walk-in consultations on Sunday at 10am and 5pm (no appointment necessary - urgent conditions only).
Please phone reception 032497007 for an appointment.
Dr James MacMillan Armstrong
James completed his medical studies in the North of England at Newcastle University, graduating in 2009. He had previously completed a physiology degree at Aberdeen. Between university stints, he spent 2 years teaching English in Mongolia.
James married a Kiwi-lass on her OE in 2004 and emigrated to NZ in 2010. After a stepping stone through Christchurch they moved to Te Anau in 2011. They have 2 school-aged children - one born in each hemisphere. James and his family love Te Anau for the close-knit community spirit and amazing outdoor opportunities. He tries hard to get out tramping, camping, running and biking as much as possible. He's run the Kepler Track 5 times - so far!
James has a special interest in the holistic approach to medicine, looking at the whole person in context. He also especially enjoys children's medicine, but loves his job for the variety of what walks through the door each day.
Dr David Hamilton
David is a current Director of Fiordland Medical Practice and has been with the team for over 19 years. David is married to Harriette and they have two children. David has a special interest in cardiology and medical education. Outside work, David is a keen mountaineer, skier, traveller and kayaker.
Dr Liz Scott
Liz Scott came to Te Anau to work at the medical centre over 30 years ago, straight after finishing the GP training scheme. Liz only initially came for 9 months, but enjoyed the work & the people & Fiordland so much that she is still with us! Liz was a full time partner in the practice for 14 years, then went part time so that she could have some more time off & also volunteer overseas. Liz has worked in India, Nepal (several times), Kenya & Papua New Guinea. Liz also helps out at Bluff when the doctor is away, and works regularly at Tuatapere Medical Centre. In her spare time, Liz enjoys tramping in our beautiful mountains & also biking on her trusty old green bike. Liz keeps a small "lifestyle" block with some milk sheep, and Liz also enjoys water colour painting when she finds a spare moment!
Dr Paula King
Dr Stephen Hoskin
Stephen first came to Te Anau in 1996 to walk the Milford Track during a holiday from medical school in Dunedin. He returned over the summer of 2003-4 when taking a three-month break from his work as a house surgeon in Nelson. He returned again in 2006 for his registrar training, was asked to help with summer work, then the next year and finally enticed to buy into the practice. Outside work he seeks to develop a network of trails through the Fiordland Trails Trust; supports the local primary school by chairing the Board of Trustees (and parenting students); runs, bikes, tramps, clambers up mountains; and gardens – mostly with a ride-on lawn mower and chainsaw.
Nurse Practitioner Claire Light
Claire has 4 children with her husband Simon and lives on dairy farm. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for nearly 2 years.
Claire originally started with a Bachelor of Nursing and then completed 10 years post graduate study including a Masters in Health Science. Claire also holds a post graduate certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Aviation Medicine, a post graduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine, a post graduate Diploma in Health Sciences. Claire also holds a certificate of proficiency in sexual health.
Claire is currently undertaking some more post graduate study in 2019 - specialising in long term conditions management.
Claire has experience in rural and remote nursing - sometimes relieving on Stewart Island and at Catlins and Tuatapere.
Diane (Di) Ridley
Wendy den Hertog - Practice Manager
Averil Caird - Practice Administrator
Derene Christie - Medical Receptionist
Linda Pawsey - Medical Receptionist
Sandra Soper - Medical Receptionist
Medical Students & Locums
Fiordland Medical Practice is a teaching facility and as such we have medical students working with our Doctors as part of their training. Part of their training involves being part of the patient consultation process. We will always ask your permission for the medical student to be part of your consultation, and it is up to you whether the medical student is involved. Let your Doctor or Reception know if you do not wish to have a medical student as part of your visit.
We have visiting locum General Practitioners working in Te Anau, especially during busy periods. Depending on the season, you may not always be able to see your preferred Doctor but we do our very best to ensure we have plenty of appointments available at all times.