Appointments (06) 867 7411
After hours - Healthline 0800 611 116

Latest News

Welcome Dr Eva Poon

A desire to live in a geographically isolated city offering contrast and diversity drew new Three Rivers Medical doctor Eva Poon to Gisborne.
Dr Eva Poon canva
Dr Eva Poon

We have found some gems of people here, friendly people, and it’s going well.

Dr Eva Poon

A desire to live in a geographically isolated city offering contrast and diversity drew new Three Rivers Medical doctor Eva Poon to Gisborne.

“We have found some gems of people here, friendly people, and it’s going well,” says Dr Poon.

Dr Poon and her husband, a medical registrar at Gisborne Hospital, arrived in Gisborne in December 2019. The pair is from Northern Ireland but had been working in Liverpool for seven years before coming to New Zealand.

On their way here they volunteered for a month at a refugee camp in Greece, an experience they found profoundly moving. Dr Poon says life is terrible in the camp particularly for children. Over 20,000 people from the Middle East and Africa live in a tented area best suited to hold around 5000.

“It can be a scary place with tensions running high. But it is also a place where we saw tenderness and kindness within its people.”

Now well settled into Gisborne life Dr Poon has become increasingly aware of the differences in health care services offered in New Zealand compared to England. Primary health services are free over there but patients do not necessarily have quick access to services such as same-day biopsies and results.

She’s also noticed a difference in patient presentation times. People in Gisborne seem to visit the doctor later than people in the United Kingdom and as a result, their conditions may be more advanced.

When not at work Dr Poon enjoys tramping and she and her husband will often seek out a parkrun. Parkruns are five-kilometre running events on Saturday mornings held in dozens of countries around the world. A few weeks ago, in order to see some more of the country, Dr Poon and her husband traveled from Hamilton to Gisborne via Rotorua to do its parkrun!

“I know! I blame my enthusiastic husband!” laughs Dr Poon.