Auckland Radiology Group (ARG) has been part of the Ponsonby landscape for 30 years, they showed a renewed commitment to the community when they opened their new branch in the newly refurbished One Jervois Building, on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road.
“There are lots of reasons why it’s a great place to have a presence,” says Dr Kate O’Connor, ARG Radiologist and Board Director, “the local community demographic is a mix of young professionals with families, arty people, creatives, hospitality champions, retirees and students. Our proximity to the city is such that we often see patients from Waiheke or that live in the CBD. People from the North Shore also don’t mind just popping over the bridge for an appointment – especially now we can offer even better parking options at our new location.”
Founded in 1936, ARG was the first clinic of its kind in Auckland. Since that first door opened, it has expanded to 16 clinics across North, South, East and West Auckland, ensuring people have access to a world-class imaging service wherever they live in the city.
The 282 Ponsonby Road clinic opened in 1990, and has been a busy and much-loved radiology provider since then. O’Connor says “We love being in Ponsonby with the proximity to great coffee and food, not to mention being able to ‘pop to the shops’ over lunchtime. Although there have been recent closures of imaging at both White Cross and Ponsonby Ultrasound, there was no question of ARG not staying in the area. So when it became clear that our original home in the All Saints Mall was no longer of a size to accommodate the growth and activity of the branch, we knew we had to find a great space to move to and are really pleased with where we have landed, upstairs at 1 Jervois Rd.”
The new location, which is on Level 1 at One Jervois, provides much needed extra space in a beautiful new environment. They now have extra capacity with a third ultrasound room and large x-ray room, as well as space for ARG radiologists and specialist booking administrators. “We get to care for patients of all ages – from in the womb and beyond!” says O’Connor. “When COVID restrictions allow, we do a lot of imaging to meet immigration requirements for new and aspiring New Zealanders. The local community are active kiwis who have their fair share of ‘weekend warrior’ thrills and spills – Monday is always a busy day at the branch! Our staff maintain excellent relationships with our local and loyal referrers and really do their best to find what works for any patient and their imaging requirements.”
Dr Stephen Merrilees, ARG’s Medical Director, adds “When not restricted by COVID, the presence of so many great cafes, bars and eateries gives Ponsonby Rd and Three Lamps a really great vibe, with tables on pavements and people dining outside. It always generates an upbeat feeling – especially as the weather gets warmer, heralding the summer to come. ARG Ponsonby is looking forward to continuing to serve its community for many years to come, in our new location in this great little part of the city of Auckland.”
“We are committed to offering the local community the highest quality and most comprehensive radiology services with the latest equipment. Our team looks forward to providing new and existing patients within the area a friendly and high-quality service, and we warmly invite you to come and see us”
Dr Steve Merrilees