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New Three Rivers Medical GP Katherine Hodkin loves working as a GP and says “it’s definitely what I was meant to do in life.”

“My mum was a nurse and I always wanted to work in this area. I really enjoying getting to know patients and being part of their journey through the good times and the bad.”

Dr Hodkin, or Kat as she is known to everyone, is at Three Rivers Medical for six months – an experience she’s been able to build into her training while at Wessex School of General Practice in Hampshire, England. 

Doctors, who have done five years of study and two years of general rotation, can then do three years of general practice study. Students in Wessex have the chance to complete some of their general practice training in New Zealand – deep in the South Island or in sunny Gisborne.

Dr Hodkin says she chose Gisborne for its climate, and opportunities for work and play. Dr Hodkin’s engineer partner now works at Land Development and Exploration. The couple originally from Petersfield, Hampshire, love yoga and running. This month they took part in the Tairawhiti Multicultural Council and Gisborne Harriers Club Colour Run which promoted messages of diversity. Runners wore plain white clothes but were multi-coloured with paint by the end of the event. “Entry was through wearing pairs of odd socks, we loved it.”