Dr. Michael McHugh - MB ChB, FRNZCGP, Dip ComHealth, FAFPHM.
Michael McHugh – attracted to medicine and to the surf!
English doctor Michael McHugh had never lived outside the borders of Liverpool until he arrived in New Zealand in October to take up a year's contract with Three Rivers Medical.
“But the transition has been a lot easier than I thought it would be,” he says. “People in the Southern Hemisphere have the same problems as those in the North, so it's just a matter of focusing on that.”
Michael is in Gisborne to work with Three Rivers Medical for a year and says he was always attracted to science subjects, but it was the prospect of people-contact that drew him to medicine and to train as a general practitioner.
“There is a definite need there and I enjoy the opportunity to build relationships, not just with patients, but with families as well,” he says.
“From a professional perspective, you get to deal with a wide range of issues, which is always interesting and challenging.”
While working at Three Rivers, Michael and his peers get to tap into the wealth of knowledge held by their supervisor and one of the owners of Three Rivers Medical, Dr Simon Spencely.
On a personal level, when not at work, Michael is delighted to have the surf right on his doorstep rather than a six-hour drive away.