Our Services

- Skin


Amberley Medical Centre offer full skin checks, skin biopsies, excisions of lesions, cryotherapy and ongoing surveillance for melanoma patients.
We have two inhouse doctors who have specialist training in Dermoscopy (examination of skin lesions with a magnification device) which helps them in identifying benign (non-cancerous) from malignant lesions.

Our skin check appointments take 30 minutes so please be sure to tell the receptionist when you book in for a Skin Check. Skin Check appointments are $120 but are often tax deductible depending on your line of work, check with your accountant. 


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Skin Care + Sun Protection Tips 


Skin cancer is a year-round issue. More than 300 New Zealanders die from skin cancer every year.

You can actively protect yourself against the danger of developing skin cancer by keeping your body and head covered up as much as possible and by regularly applying a 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen. Remember, you are still at risk of sunburn and skin cancer on a cooler or cloudy day. Sunbeds emit UV radiation, so are not a safe option for getting a tan. A fake tan, or spray tan, is the way to go.

Are you at risk?

Some people are more at risk of developing skin cancer than others. Risk factors include:

  • Having fair skin or skin that burns easily
  • Having blue or green eyes, or red or fair hair
  • Having a lot of freckles or moles
  • Being aged 50 or over
  • Intense exposure to the sun, e.g. sunbathing
  • Having had skin cancer in the past
  • Having a close relative who has had melanoma
  • Having a compromised immune system

What you can do

  • Avoid being in the sun between the peak UV radiation periods of 10am to 3pm
  • Seek shade and wear clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.
  • Apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen at least every 2 hours
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses
  • Get to know you own skin, check regularly for changes to moles or new moles
  • Get relatives or friends to help you check
  • Visit a skin doctor each year, or more regularly if advised by your GP.

Phone 03 314 8504 to book in for your Skin Check and take care of yourself when you're out in the sun!