Frequently Asked Questions

New Zealand’s leading melanoma surgeon, treating all forms of melanoma from around the country and internationally

How do I get referred?

You can see your GP for a referral or if you are a Southern Cross member then you can self refer.

What do I bring to appointment?

We will have your referral letter and information. Please bring your list of medications and allergies. You may wish to bring a support person and a note pad.

How do I make an appointment?

Either we will contact you if you have been referred by a GP or another Specialist.
Alternatively use the “Contact Us” buttons in this website.

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to fill out registration forms. Please note Richard is always on time !

Where does Richard consult ?

Should I do anything before a procedure?

After most local anaesthetic procedures you can drive, however you may wish to have a driver. Please take two paracetamol 1 hour before any procedure to help with the injections.

Do you have parking?

Parking on site and on the neighbouring streets.

What can I expect at my initial consultation?

At your appointment with Richard he will typically:

- Take your history of the condition
- Perform a physical examination
- Discuss about your surgical options
- Receive detailed information about your surgery
- Go through the possible risks and complications associated with your surgery
- Discuss about costs and available dates
- Help with your insurance approval

How much will my surgery cost?

Richard and his team can provide a price range for your chosen surgery. This depends on the type of procedure and anaesthesia, which hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital. At your initial consultation, we will give you a quote, in detail, for your chosen procedure. This will include a surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, imaging fees and the hospital fees.

Is there refreshments nearby?

Multiple food and beverage options within 50m.

Where is the nearest Pharmacy?

Pharmacy on Hurstmere, 2 min walk.

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