People with Asthma have over sensitive airways that react to triggers that don’t affect other people.

Asthma can be triggered by allergens, cold and flu symptoms, weather changes such as cold and dry air. A person’s asthma triggers cause their airway to tighten and partially close up. This makes it hard for a person to breath in and even harder to breathe out.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a form of lung damage that causes coughing and breathlessness. This includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The damage of COPD is permanent but there are measures to prevent it from getting worse. The best way to stop getting more damage is to stop smoking and there are medications you can take to relieve your symptoms.

At Family Doctors at Smales our nurses work in conjunction with the doctors:

  1. Can assist you with diagnosing asthma and COPD
  2. Advise on education, support and monitoring with patient’s with Asthma and COPD
  3. Smoking cessation advice, treatment and support
  4. Advise you on how to use a spacer that is more effective with your asthma and COPD inhalers.


We have used the services of Family Doctors’ at Smales since 2011. They have provided us with pre-employment screening for our clinical staff as well as on-site Flu vaccinations. Having the vaccinations on site makes it easier for our staff to participate in the annual vaccination programme.

The doctors have also provided us with an in depth occupational health assessment where privacy of the individual was fully respected and the employee made a safe and early return to work.

Chris Mak - Hospice North Shore

Opening Hours

  • Mon - Fri: 7.45am - 5.30pm
  • Sat & Sun - Closed
  • Public Holidays - Closed

After Hours Emergency

Southern Cross Easy-Claim

Family Doctors is a Southern Cross Medical Insurance affiliated easy-claim provider.

We are now able to claim for your medical fees at the time of your consultation. Your member card is an accepted means of identification to electronically claim for covered or part-covered services.

Southern Cross Easyclaim


Tel: 09-488-3000
Fax: 09-489-3187
Postal: P.O. Box 31943,
Milford, 0741

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Ground Floor, Sovereign House
Smales Farm, Auckland, 0622

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Education & Advice

The team offers education on a wide range of health topics from diet and lifestyle to sexual health, from safe food hygiene to asthma care and inhaler technique and variety of other healthcare issues.

If there is a healthcare issue that we are unable to supply advice on, then we will do our best to find further information or refer you to a health provider who can help.