Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday - 8am - 5pm

About Us


IMG 8043 2Dr Colin Brown, FRACS
Ear Specialist Surgeon for Children and Adults

Dr Brown has been rated by Southern Cross clients 2019/2020/2021/2022 as one of the best ENT specialists in New Zealand.

 He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (since 1995) and qualified in Medicine 1986 (University of Otago). He is a past President of the Australasian society of Paediatric Otolaryngology (ANZSPO). He is also a director of "Hearing House" Habilitation/Rehabilitation centre.

 He specialises in surgery of the ear, and children's ENT disorders. He has been a consultant at Starship for 25 years, treating a wide variety of children's ear disorders and hearing losses. He is a senior surgeon within the Northern Regional Cochlear implant programme and coordinates multi disciplinary meetings concerning the care of deaf children and their progress with cochlear implants and hearing aids. His work with creating ear canals for children born without ears, has translated into a career long interest expertise in treating ear canals narrowed by cold water exposure ( Surfer's Ear) in adults.

Dr Brown has two adult daughters and his wife works in public healthcare funding for Te Whatu Ora ( NZ Healthcare). 

Dr Brown's practice is an affiliated provider (for consultations and surgery) to Southern Cross Healthcare



Fleur Bolton

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ENT Nurse Specialist.


Fleur has worked closely with Dr Brown over 10 years, contributing to new patient assessments, follow up checks and ear cleaning and wax removal. She is warm and caring of our patients, and skilled and meticulous in all her work. As might be expected, she has a great depth of knowledge of ENT conditions and how they affect adults and children.

Fleur has previously worked as a  theatre Nurse at Starship Children's Hospital for over 20 years. She has also developed great skill in diagnosing ear nose and throat problems in the clinic environment and has a wealth of information she is able to share with patients and their families. Following ongoing study Fleur has qualified as a registered Nurse Prescriber, which allows her to prescribe medications for our patients. She reads widely and also attends the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery annual conferences to stay completely up to date with the latest practices.

Recent feedback from Southern Cross clients about Fleur: "From the first time we met Fleur, we knew we had made the right choice. She was really easy to talk to , took our concerns seriously and made sure we were aware of everything we needed to be...."


Hilary Hope Sotherton

Practice Manager

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Hilary is a people pleaser. There is no length to which she wont go to help our patients and clients.

She has worked with Dr Brown for many years now, and has managed medical practices in New Zealand and London over much of her life.

Hilary also had language skills in Africaans and Portugeuse, and is an accomplished artist. She has two adult daughters, and 4 grandsons.

Linda Palmer

Assistant Manager

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Linda is also another people pleaser, and will organise your appointments and theatre bookings. She will go the extra mile to make sure we can all fit in with your needs.

She is also a fully qualified pharmacist, and you might have seen her still working in several different pharmacies across the city. We dont think she sleeps much.

Her partner is an anaesthetic technician at Auckland Hospital, and together they have two teenagers.









Where to find us?

Gillies Hospital and Clinic,
160 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland
Phone Number
(09) 631 1965