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Welcome to our New Doctors

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Haere mai & welcome to our new GPs Dr Janet Titchener and Dr Zoe Douglass 


Dr Zoe Douglass
Dr Zoe Douglass

Dr Zoe Douglass

A GP for 20 years in the UK, Dr Zoe Douglass has recently joined Ostend Medical Centre. With an interest in all areas of community health, and particularly Women’s Health, Zoe brings a wide range of professional experience and expertise.

Dr Douglass decided to emigrate to New Zealand with her husband and two sons after ‘discovering’ Waiheke when she saw the job posted by Ostend Medical Centre.

The life-changing decision to leave behind her practice of 9,000 patients in East Sussex – where she was a partner – and swap it for an island in the South Pacific with a population of 9,000, was also influenced by her unhappiness with Brexit and “the poor response and handling” of coronavirus in the UK.

Following their arrival, the family have quickly settled in and are “grateful to be part of such a gorgeous natural environment.”  Dr Douglass is now proactively helping to improve and strengthen Ostend Medical Centre and says “It’s great to be part of this practice”.

Clinical Lead

Bringing a passion for evidence based lifestyle medicine and the prevention of chronic disease and illness, Dr Douglass is our Clinical Lead.

She works with our team of doctors and nurses to coordinate and oversee activities of the team to ensure compassionate, effective and efficient delivery of high quality patient care.

Zoe will also be working with locum doctors who will be part of the OMC team during May – September as we carry out further recruitment for additional doctors.



Dr Janet Titchner

Janet has an extensive career both overseas and in New Zealand as a GP, hospital doctor and clinical director of a specialist diabetes clinic.

She will continue her specialist diabetes clinic and spend the rest of her time at Ostend Medical Centre, from 29 June.

She has strong island connections and family including grandchildren in the community. “I’m looking forward to being on the island and being able to spend more time with my grandchildren, while being able to serve the community at the same time.”

We look forward to Janet starting as we build a strong team led by Dr Zoe Douglas, who has 20 years’ experience and a particular interest in family and women’s health.

Waiheke Health Trust General Manager Julie Cairns, says she is thrilled with these new appointments. “We are so fortunate that Waiheke can attract the calibre of Janet and Zoe to join Alison and the team.”

The Waiheke Health Trust (WHT) Board of Trustees are committed to providing consistently high quality healthcare and services for the community through for Ostend Medical Centre (OMC) and WHT itself.

“Both organisations work together effectively to provide seamless support services, including x-ray, allied health services, home support services and visiting specialist, palliative care and other nursing services in the community.”