Three Rivers Medical
After volunteering, studying and working (as a GP and an emergency doctor) in France, Haiti, Reunion Island, French Polynesia (Tahiti and Tubuai) and Whitianga (on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, a.k.a the "other' Paradise), I was longing for a new experience and opted for a one year locum tenens position as a GP in beautiful Turanganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne).
I was so delighted to spend those months among a dedicated team at the Three Rivers Medical Centre, to meet all these wonderful patients, to learn (as much as I could) some Te Reo, discover the art, the life, the stories and history of such a vibrant and strong place and culture; and - of course - to surf all year long along the shores of what I consider an Abundant Bay.
Kia ora! Bonjour!
I am impressed with Three Rivers Medical, the whole team are hard- working but always with a smile. The patients are friendly too. I only wish I could stay longer.
Dr Gill is enjoying working at Three Rivers Medical. Having worked as a GP for many years in the UK, she wanted to visit New Zealand. Her friends back home told her Gisborne was the place to go - sandy beaches, sunny weather and awesome Kiwis. They were right!
Dr Gill has made new friends at work, cycling, tramping and on the tennis courts.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Three Rivers and feel privileged to have been able to work in a forward-thinking, well-organised GP practice such as this. For me, the draw of coming to New Zealand was to experience both a different style of primary care and a different culture. I have not been disappointed on either count.
As for the area, what’s not to love about Gisborne? With beautiful long sandy beaches, rolling hills and a multitude of vineyards, it’s the perfect place to come to escape the hustle and bustle of inner city life.
I'll return to my job back in the UK with a broader understanding of the importance of primary care and how it can impact peoples lives, as well as a wealth of happy memories from my time in the sunny East Coast."
Originally from Mount Maunganui, Tony Moyle studied medicine at Auckland University Medical School. He practiced medicine in Ireland, where he completed a diploma in tropical medicine, and also worked in Australia and Zambia,
It’s good, it’s pretty colourful, very busy but it’s a good friendly environment, friendly staff.
He visited Gisborne to catch up with friends who had moved here, liked the lifestyle they had, and made the move himself in early 2011.
“You become very time rich living here because you’re not stuck in traffic. I love the surf and the seafood. We live at the beach, and I use my kayak to drop crayfish pots on a reef offshore from our house. I do a lot of cooking. I enjoy the local wines and also do some work for Palliative Care. I also play football, cricket and a bit of golf.”
Dr Moyle enjoys working with the Three Rivers Medical team and the patients they treat.