top of page

Patient Update - October 2021


Breast cancer is most treatable when it’s found early.

The Breast Foundation of NZ recommend that from age 20, it’s important to know the look and feel of your breasts, and show any changes to your doctor. From age 40, they recommend you start regular mammograms.

Breast Awareness

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal breast cells grow in an uncontrolled way, usually forming a tumor.

Breast cancer is most likely to occur in women over the age of 50, but young women and men can get it too. It's most treatable when it’s found early, so it's important that you know what to look out for.


If you or someone you know is worried about Breast Cancer please PLEASE reach out to a healthcare provider!

For help or support in anyway whether that be counselling, booking a mammogram, local programmes and events or advice head to the Breast Cancer Foundation website below.

Speak to a Breast Cancer Nurse

0800 BC NURSE (0800 22 68773)

Email a Breast Cancer Nurse



Are you vaccinated against Covid-19?

If you are 12 years or older you are NOW eligible. Vaccination is FREE and we currently have clinics running 6 days a week.

Protect yourself, your whānau, and your community.

To book in for your vaccine go to: , or give us a call on 06 8354 696.



Friday 3 September 2021 marked a significant day for Dr Tony Edwards and Dr Mark Sweetapple selling their shareholding in The Doctors Napier Ltd.

Stefan Freudenberg, a director and GP at The Doctors Napier Ltd says, “On behalf of the Board we would like to thank and acknowledge Tony and Mark for their tireless personal efforts over the years in supporting the business – Tony for over 32 years, Mark for 31 years.”

“We all thank them both for their exceptionally valuable contribution in helping grow these practices to what they are today. We are proud to now be supporting over 21,000 patients in the Hawkes Bay community across the four practices through The Doctors Napier Ltd,” says Stefan.

Wayne Woolrich, General Manager Medical of Green Cross Health comments “We are truly proud of everything thing the teams are doing here. Tony and Mark have made a huge contribution over the years and we’re looking forward to supporting the next phase in the journey for these practices.”

The Doctors Napier Ltd is made up of four practices across the Hawkes Bay region: The Doctors Napier, The Doctors Greenmeadows, The Doctors Ahuriri and EIT Health Centre on campus. The current shareholders are Dr Justin Pratt, Dr Ronelle Brits, Dr Stefan Freudenberg and Green Cross Health.

Day-to-day there is no real change, it’s business as usual with clinical work and patients.

Tony and Mark are both staying on to continue working in their GP roles, the change in shareholding doesn't affect that.

Of historical note, Tony as one of three founding partners of The Doctors medical centres 32 years ago in September 1989.

“The Doctors Napier at 30 Munroe St was their very first practice. It was among the first in New Zealand to provide 7-day a week, extended hours care to patients – quite a first for the country! It’s truly a credit to Tony for his passion for delivering access to great health care,” says Stefan.

Since then, a lot changed, The Doctors became a franchise and opened practices in Hastings, Palmerston North and then nationwide and Green Cross Health became a shareholder in 2014.

Over the years network has grown to 47 practices supporting over 290,000 enrolled patients, now New Zealand’s largest general practice providers.

“We’re extremely proud to uphold and continue what Tony started here in Napier. Delivering the best team-based support, care, and advice to our local community was one of his goals and he certainly achieved that.”

“We’re working through the recruitment process for a full-time General Manager to lead the four practices.”

Tony has chosen to step back from his part-time GM role, to create a full-time position that will support the future growth and development prospects of the business.



he Doctors Napier - 30 Munroe Street, is currently undergoing renovations. A year on we are still dealing with the effects of the 2020 Flood.

Access to the clinic is currently only available through the Vautier Street entrance. Access to Napier Xray and Physio is available through the Pharmacy entrance on Munroe Street.

Renovations have been delayed due to supply under Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions. Currently we are on track to have Napier fully open around Labour weekend.


114 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page