Hutt City Health Centres was established in April 2010 in response to a critical shortage of primary care in our Hutt Valley community. We have since enrolled over 9,000 patients in two locations, Hutt Central and Wainuiomata. Our role continues to grow.

We have a commitment as a teaching practice for nursing students as well as providing continuing medical education for our own staff. Our local hospital is Hutt Hospital, managed by Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs.

Our premises

In 2014 our Hutt City Central practice outgrew our initial High Street premises and moved into a new purpose-built Medical Centre at 5 Raroa Road. This has allowed us to expand the health services we offer you and provide attractive surrounds for our patients. Our new building is one of the safest in Lower Hutt, built to post-Christchurch seismic, construction and fire codes.

Also in 2013 we took over a Medical Centre in Wainuiomata, which is now located at 5 Fitzherbert Road. ‘Wainui’ is a very special place with its own character, friendly people and a true sense of community. We are fortunate to be part of it. In 2016 we took over Fitzherbert Medical and have relocated our Wainuiomata practice to 5 Fitzherbert Road.

Our goals

Being the best we can for those within our care remains our goal. We take this seriously.

In the future we will continue to focus on initiatives that provide improvements in healthcare for Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata. We want to educate, encourage and support our patients to achieve healthy lifestyles and live healthy lives.

Our promise

We are committed to not only treating you when you are unwell or injured but also to keeping you well. We endeavour to provide a high standard of services focusing on your health and wellness.

Enrol  

We are enrolling patients who are new to the area and without a current GP.

Our People


Practice Manager
Raewyn Montgomery

Nurse Lead
Chris Milne

Nursing Team

  • Beatrice 
  • Natalie (on leave)
  • Liz
  • Ramandeep
  • Emma (PCPA)
  • Kira (PCPA)

Administration Team

  • Jodine, Admin Team Lead
  • Tiana 
  • Helen
  • Naomi (on leave)
  • Kate
  • Megan
  • Gillian, Finance Administrator

Dr Balram Dhillon

Balram works at our Lower Hutt clinic on Tuesday evenings. 

Born In Malaysia, completed a degree in Radiography in Australia and Bachelors of Medicine

Interest - Family medicine, dermatology  and minor surgery

Speaks multiple languages (Hindi, Punjabi, English, Indonesian, Malaysian) and builds rapport easily with my patients.

Dr Kelvin DeGinder - LOCUM

Kelvin will be finishing at WOA clinic on 8 November and we wish him well with his new adventure.

Dr Ben Pettifer

MBChB MRCGP BsC

Ben works in Lower Hutt clinic all day on a Monday, Tuesday afternoon/evening and Friday at Lower Hutt.  Wainui clinic all day on a Wednesday.

Dr Pettifer qualified at Warwick Medical School in 2011 after achieving a first class degree in Biological Sciences and Parasitology at Kings College, London.  He has particular interests in tropical medicine and infectious disease.

In his spare time he plays tennis and squash regularly and enjoys both road and mountain biking in addition to cross country running and hiking.  He holds a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver License, enjoys travelling, camping and learning languages, particularly French and Spanish.

I graduated in 1986 from University of Otago school of medicine and gained my specialist GP Fellowship in 2003 and have worked in a variety of past roles:

Principal / partner Silverstream Medical Center, contracting Doctor to NZ Defence force, contracting Doctor to Dept of Corrections, contracting Doctor to NZRFU providing urgent on site/field medical care to players in the wellington sevens tournament until it was shifted to its current Hamilton venue.

My current roles are provision of Forensic medical services to NZ Police and for the past 10 years locum senior Dr to the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital.

My particular professional interests are Emergency/ acute medicine and trauma.

  • Forensic Medicine
  • Family based holistic medical care
  • The General practice / Emergency medicine interface with timely access to acute care
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • and Musculoskeletal/ Sports medicine.

I am married, my wife is a pharmacist and keen outdoors person – we have 2 grown up children - one of whom has followed my path into medicine and is currently an orthopaedic registrar – my other child has just finished an agri commerce degree at Massey

We live on a small farm with 2 hyperactive dogs, cattle and sheep. It keeps us busy but we love it.

I have a love of tramping, fishing,diving ,wildlife photography and exploring our great outdoors – my joints creak alot more and the hills seem to get higher each year . we are truly fortunate to live in paradise!!

Dr Patrick Holla

Patrick works in Lower Hutt clinic on a Monday morning, all day Wednesday and Thursday.  Wainui clinic on Monday afternoons and all day Tuesday.

I was born and raised in Alkmaar, a small city in the Netherlands. I moved to Belgium to study medicine and after graduating was trained to be a general practitioner. This past year I gained more experience as a GP in my home country the Netherlands.

I like all aspects of general practice, the diversity of problems encountered, and thoroughly enjoy working with patients of different backgrounds, cultures and ages.

I graduated in 1986 from University of Otago school of medicine and gained my specialist GP Fellowship in 2003 and have worked in a variety of past roles:

Principal / partner Silverstream Medical Center, contracting Doctor to NZ Defence force, contracting Doctor to Dept of Corrections, contracting Doctor to NZRFU providing urgent on site/field medical care to players in the wellington sevens tournament until it was shifted to its current Hamilton venue.

My current roles are provision of Forensic medical services to NZ Police and for the past 10 years locum senior Dr to the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital.

My particular professional interests are Emergency/ acute medicine and trauma.

  • Forensic Medicine
  • Family based holistic medical care
  • The General practice / Emergency medicine interface with timely access to acute care
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • and Musculoskeletal/ Sports medicine.

I am married, my wife is a pharmacist and keen outdoors person – we have 2 grown up children - one of whom has followed my path into medicine and is currently an orthopaedic registrar – my other child has just finished an agri commerce degree at Massey

We live on a small farm with 2 hyperactive dogs, cattle and sheep. It keeps us busy but we love it.

I have a love of tramping, fishing,diving ,wildlife photography and exploring our great outdoors – my joints creak alot more and the hills seem to get higher each year . we are truly fortunate to live in paradise!!

Dr Francis van Lier - currently on parental leave 

Francis works in Lower Hutt clinic all day on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  

I am  from Nijmegen in The Netherlands and I did my medical school at the University of Utrecht. I did my general practitioner training in Utrecht and worked for 3 years as a GP in and around Utrecht city and in an eating disorder clinic.

I like the diversity of family medicine in general, dermatology and lifestyle medicine.

In my spare time I love being outside, I like hiking, road cycling and spending time with my family.

I graduated in 1986 from University of Otago school of medicine and gained my specialist GP Fellowship in 2003 and have worked in a variety of past roles:

Principal / partner Silverstream Medical Center, contracting Doctor to NZ Defence force, contracting Doctor to Dept of Corrections, contracting Doctor to NZRFU providing urgent on site/field medical care to players in the wellington sevens tournament until it was shifted to its current Hamilton venue.

My current roles are provision of Forensic medical services to NZ Police and for the past 10 years locum senior Dr to the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital.

My particular professional interests are Emergency/ acute medicine and trauma.

  • Forensic Medicine
  • Family based holistic medical care
  • The General practice / Emergency medicine interface with timely access to acute care
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • and Musculoskeletal/ Sports medicine.

I am married, my wife is a pharmacist and keen outdoors person – we have 2 grown up children - one of whom has followed my path into medicine and is currently an orthopaedic registrar – my other child has just finished an agri commerce degree at Massey

We live on a small farm with 2 hyperactive dogs, cattle and sheep. It keeps us busy but we love it.

I have a love of tramping, fishing,diving ,wildlife photography and exploring our great outdoors – my joints creak alot more and the hills seem to get higher each year . we are truly fortunate to live in paradise!!

Dr Andrew Chaplin

Andrew works in Lower Hutt clinic on a Monday, Wednesday and  and the late night clinic on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  Wainui clinic on a Thursday afternoon and all day Friday.

I completed my medical degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2000 and went on to qualify as a GP with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2005. I have had 15 years experience working as a GP in a busy suburban practice in Sydney.

I enjoy all aspects of family medicine with a particular interest in diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, weight management and minor surgery.

When not working I like running, hiking, camping and reading, when time permits as I’m kept busy at home with four kids aged 4 to 14 years.

Dr Dan Talbott

Dan works in Lower Hutt clinic all day on a Monday, Thursday and Friday morning.  Wainui clinic all day on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon.

I qualified in 2014 from St George’s Hospital Medical school having previously completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Qualified as a GP in 2019 having experienced a number of different specialty rotations in hospital. I have a particular interest in Ophthalmology but otherwise enjoy the breadth of primary care medicine.

Outside of work I like hiking and mountain biking. I am a big rugby fan having played for most of my life. I also love travelling the world and experiencing different cultures.

Dr Hannah Copeland

Hannah works in Lower Hutt clinic all day on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wainui clinic all day on a Monday.

I am from the United Kingdom and completed my medical degree at St George’s University of London in 2014. I did my GP training in Surrey, taking some time out to work in A&E also.

I enjoy the diversity of general practice, in particular oncology and palliative care, as well as urgent care.

I love to travel and enjoy most things that involve being outdoors; including hiking, cycling, kayaking and horse riding.