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Nurse Ayla Evans enjoys being part of a team at Three Rivers Medical Centre, making a positive difference in the health and lives of patients in Gisborne.
If we can make a meaningful change, we just might help someone stay out of hospital and that's a real win. That's why I wanted to get into primary health.”
Growing up on the East Coast, Ayla Evans toyed with the idea of training as a midwife before settling on a Bachelor of Science (Nursing).
“I always knew that I wanted to help people in some way,” says the Te Araroa local. “And while it was exciting to go away and study, the Coast will always be home.”
Now working as a practice nurse at Three Rivers Medical, Ayla (Ngati Porou) brings plenty of experience to her role.
After finishing her studies in 2015, the young graduate hit the ground running – her first job was managing a 26-bed wing of a rest home in Rotorua.
“It was a big responsibility for a 20-year-old, keeping an eye on the patients and their medication as well as considering the care assistants, families and everyone else involved,” she says.
“But I had a lot of support and learned so much within a very short period of time.”
After deciding to move home with her young son, Ayla took on another big role, this time as a CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service) nurse for Ngati Porou Hauora.
“That was challenging in that we covered a huge area – right from Potaka to Anaura Bay – and dealt with some very vulnerable young people. But, again, I was with a great team so got a lot out of it.”
Ayla brings all that experience to Three Rivers where a working day might see her deal with everything from smear-taking and immunisations to changing dressings and carrying out health checks.
“I love that we get to deal with a wide range of people and conditions, and we have such an amazing team there is always someone to talk to if you need advice,” she says.
“If we can make a meaningful change, we just might help someone stay out of hospital and that's a real win. That's why I wanted to get into primary health.”
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SUNDAY 13 MARCH-WE WILL BE CLOSING AT 2.
Attention Patients. In an effort to improve the services we provide to our patients; our clinic has recently upgraded our Practice Management System to Medtech Evolution.
While we transition across to the new solution you may experience some delays with our service delivery.
We appreciate your patience as we learn how to use our new Practice Management System.
Three Rivers Medical is now able to vaccinate for COVID
Three Rivers Medical is now able to vaccinate for COVID – please call to book for first dose or second.
As of Monday 29th November 2021, we will be vaccinating all patients who are due their booster shots. Please call to book an appointment for all vaccinations
Our staff are all here to discuss any concerns or worries that you and your whanau may have if you have not had your first dose.
A friendly reminder if you require a COVID swab, a repatriation swab or you are not enrolled with a Doctor in Gisborne please book to make an appointment.