Dr Clive Shaw UK

17th May 2024 | Back to News
Dr Clive Shaw UK
Clive (left) doing some kayak fishing with a friend.

UK locum Dr Clive Shaw brings more than thirty years of experience with him to Three Rivers Medical so patients can rest assured they are in good hands. 

“My heart is in clinical medicine - I like the fact my role is patient-centred and I don’t have any administrative burden at Three Rivers,” Clive says. “I’ve been looking after the employment for 40 people at home, dealing with budgetary restraints.”

The fitness enthusiast and keen fisherman is loving living in Gisborne which provides ample opportunity for him to pursue his out of work interests.

He is from Ringwood England, a market town in south-west Hampshire, on the River Avon close to the New Forest, northeast of Bournemouth and southwest of Southampton.

Here he was a senior partner of a GP practice which was popular for both doctors wanting to work there and with the 12,000 patients on the register.

After more than a decade of owning and managing the practice, Clive said he was enjoying getting back to what he likes most – seeing patients. He finds the 15 minute appointments at Three Rivers give him greater opportunity to do a thorough investigation before making a diagnosis. In England the average appointment time was only 7.5 minutes.

He trained in Westminster, London and worked in various areas of medicine before specialising in general practice including anaesthetics, rheumatology and elderly medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, casualty and ENT. He then went to Australia where he worked in paediatrics at Adelaide Children’s Hospital.

New Zealand has long been a favourite destination for him; he spent time here as a young doctor working at Hastings Memorial Hospital before heading back to England to begin training as a GP.

He has a special interest in ENT medicine and was able to specialise in that area at his GP practice in England.

He had also been side-lined into health politics at home as clinical governance lead, diabetes lead and he was on the executive board of the local primary care unit of his part of the South of England.

Passionate about fitness and the value of exercise in keeping people healthy, Clive ran an ultra- marathon before moving to New Zealand. He also completed a huge cycle tour with a couple of friends when he got here. He rode 6500 kilometres from Auckland to Cape Reinga and as far south as Stewart Island.

He is enjoying being part of a supportive and inclusive team at Three Rivers and finds the cultural element at the practice particularly enriching, like the regular singing of waiata at the weekly team huddles (meetings).

Clive hopes to return to work at Three Rivers in the future.

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