Tarawera medical celebrates 25 years

Date published: September 29, 2014 at 9:30 am | Comments

TARAWERA Medical Centre celebrated its 25th birthday this month with a nod to the future at the official blessing of the centre’s recently refurbished site last week.

George Raerino and Graham Te Rire blessed the renovated centre on Kawerau’s Onslow Street on Wednesday afternoon, followed by speeches and a light lunch.

Kawerau Mayor Malcolm Campbell and councillor Chris Marjoribanks were among the community members invited to the celebration.

They both expressed their appreciation for the dedication and quality service the centre had provided since it opened 25 years ago.

Tony Whitehead opened the centre in a converted Onslow Street house in September 1989.

Dr Whitehead said when he first arrived in Kawerau he planned to stay for a year, but was still working in the Eastern Bay town 25 years later.

When asked what had kept him in Kawerau he said: “I’ve travelled all over the place, but the people here are fabulous.”

As the business grew Tarawera Medical Centre purchased the house next door.

The latest change is the internal remodel and refurbishment of the centre blessed last week to refresh the decor and create more space for consulting rooms.

The centre’s six doctors have a range of expertise and interests and, as well as providing a general practitioner service, provide emergency medical support for St John Ambulance and the town’s industrial sites.

Louisa Barter joined the team of doctors five years ago and enjoys the variety her job brings along with meeting different families, and learning about happenings around the town.

Dr Barter was pleased with the centre’s new look and said patients had complimented the changes too.
Aidan Williams joined the practice in 2013.

He said he was enjoying getting to know his patients and making a difference providing primary care.

“The longer I’m here the more I feel part of the community and start to become that trusted family doctor,” Dr Williams said.

 

megan.hunt@whakatanebeacon.co.nz

Source: Meagan Hunt