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Alex studied Medicine at the University of Sheffield, UK, and went on to complete his GP specialist training also in northern England. Alex has worked in a variety of other specialties including Acute Medicine, Rheumatology, Women’s Health and Psychiatry. Alex is really excited about joining the team in Oxford and the opportunity to get to know the patients and help look after their health. Being very keen on outdoor pursuits he is looking forward to getting out and exploring what New Zealand has to offer, in particular the skiing, fishing and tramping.
Judith locumed throughout New Zealand in 2006 and loved it so much she returned in 2007 for some more. She was raised in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and gained her medical degree at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her post graduate training includes Accident and Emergency, Ophthalmology and General Practice. Judith loves seeing patients of all age groups and is keen to continue her interests in Ophthalmology and Palliative care.
Kara Covell was a physician from the US. She attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed residency in Family Medicine in Billings, MT. She was raised in Spokane, Washington. Kara enjoys palliative care, rural medicine, and continuity of care. Kara’s book is open to see new patients.
Dr William Gordon-Wright joined the team in December2013 as a newly qualified GP from the UK and relishes the opportunity to contribute to the evolving situation at OCHC, he hopes to bring a different perspective that will benefit the patients and the health centre. Will is pretty sporty and is looking forward to the renowned Kiwi lifestyle, and of course, the scenery. He looks forward to meeting you all in person in the near future.
Sue joined the Rural Nurse Specialist team in early 2011. She has a broad background in Nursing that includes Primary Health Care, Nursing Education and Hospital Nursing. In late 2014 Sue gained endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Health Care and commenced work in this role at OCHC. Sue works doing week day clinics seeing patients with both acute and chronic conditions and also works doing some after hours/on call.
Rural Nurse Specialists
Colleen has been employed since 2001 as a Rural Nurse Specialist, she holds day time clinics and afterhours on-call. Her background includes emergency relief work helping set up and overseeing public health for a camp of 10,000 people in drought affected Ethiopia, plastic surgery and ten years working in the Emergency and Acute Care Department at Christchurch Hospital. She has completed a Master of Nursing degree and is in the process of applying to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Steve helps to cover our after hours service mainly in the weekends and public holidays.
Jason completed his nursing training in 1999 at the University of Florida. Following his training, he worked in a variety of intensive care specialities with a primary focus in cardiology. Jason completed his Masters in Clinical Nursing degree in 2012 from Massey University. Although he continues to work at Christchurch Hospital as an associate charge nurse manager for the new Acute Medical Assessment Unit, he thoroughly enjoys the rural setting (and a bit of golden oldies rugby).
Lin is a Rural Practice Nurse with over 30 years wide ranging experience. Some of these include vaccination, smear taking, dealing with accidents and emergencies.
She has lived locally most of her life, although has lived and worked overseas.
Sue is a hospital trained nurse with more than 20 years nursing experience. Throughout her nursing career, she has specialised in cardiology and oncology, but most of her extensive experience has been as a Rural Practice Nurse at Oxford
She considers she is nearly a ‘local’ to Oxford having lived in the area of Springbank all her life.
Paula has a background in general medical nursing and specialises in women’s health. She enjoys the small community of Oxford and is pleased to be able to provide quality care to Medical centre families.
Jan has been nursing for 20 years in various settings. She was employed by Oxford Health Charity Ltd in 2011 and is enjoying the variety of nursing.
Hayley works part time at the Medical Centre. She lives in the wider North Canterbury area and is involved in many community sporting groups.
Brigid has recently moved to live locally in the Oxford area. She has a background in surgical nursing in Timaru, and is also interested in wound care and emergency nursing. Brigid has also been involved in farming and has been a volunteer fire fighter.
Ans graduated in Amsterdam in 1974 and worked in the UK as a registered nurse until immigrating to New Zealand in 1979. She worked for Nurse Maude as a District Nurse and unit supervisor from 1979 – 1990.
Ans has job shared as a District Nurse at Oxford Community Health Centre from 1990 until now.
Marie has a passion for community nursing and is enjoying the opportunity to meet people in the local community. Marie is job sharing for District Nursing and relieves in the Medical Centre.
Lu joined the team in 2017 and looks forward meeting patients and families in the community
Chantal joined the Health Centre as Practice Manager August 2007.
She is able to assist with any questions you may have about our service and is more than happy to ensure your visit to our health centre is up to your expectation.
Robyn is an experienced receptionist with a background in HR and Personnel prior to joining the health centre team. Robyn is friendly and helpful and first point of contact as you enter the health centre.
Elinor has recently relocated to Oxford to join her husband who is working locally. She is enjoying the friendliness of the community and her children have settled well into the local school. She is looking forward to getting more involved with the Oxford community.
Jane joined the team in 2012. Having grown up and lived in rural areas all her life Jane really enjoys getting to know the Oxford people and being part of the Oxford Community.
Joined the team in 2014 providing administration support.
Raman joined the team in 2017, Raman is an experienced medical receptionist having worked in the North Island medical practice. Raman lives locally with his young family. Raman looks forward to meeting and greeting all the Oxford Community Health Centre patients.