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Dr Gerard Fairhall

Dr Gerard Fairhall – Doctor

I commenced practice in Kaiapoi in 1981. In 2004 I joined with Dr Bill Page to form Kaiapoi Family Doctors. We rebuilt the new health centre in 2012.

I am interested in all aspects of family medicine delivered in a caring and friendly environment.

 

I have two adult children and 1 grandson. Outside of the practice I enjoy spending time in my garden and cycling in the summer months.

 

Dr Graham Wesley

Dr Graham Wesley – Doctor

MBChB (Otago 1997), Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Otago), Diploma in Sports Medicine (Otago), Fellow of Royal NZ College of GPs.

 

I started with Kaiapoi Family Doctors in September 2016. Prior to then I was a GP and member of the NZ Army working as a medical officer.

I have 3 school-age children and an interest in skiing and jogging.

Dr Jonathan Ussher

Dr Jonathan Ussher – Doctor

MBChB, Otago 2013. Diploma in Child Health, Otago. Currently completing the Royal NZ College of GPs Fellowship training. I shifted back to Christchurch at the end of 2018 having spent the last 5 years working in Northland and Manawatu.

I enjoy tennis, surfing, travelling and am looking forward to getting to know the Kaiapoi community.

Nurses

Rebecca Sun

Rebecca Sun – Lead Practice Nurse

North Canterbury has been my home since I arrived in New Zealand as a young international student in 2000. I worked as an acupuncturist, St John ambulance officer and practice nurse prior to joining Kaiapoi Family Doctors.

 

I find practice nursing challenging and rewarding, and love the "culture" at Kaiapoi Family Doctors. I am an authorized smear taker and vaccinator. My particular interest is to empower patients to take ownership of their own health.

Jenny Townsend

Jenny Townsend – Practice Nurse

Raised on a farm in North Canterbury, I completed my nursing training in Christchurch. I have travelled extensively and worked overseas. I live locally, am married with 2 young children and work part time.

 

I enjoy the holistic nature of practice nursing. I provide B4 School Checks, am a smear taker and authorised vaccinator.

Julie Elliott

Julie Elliott – Practice Nurse

I trained in the UK as a nurse and qualified in 2008. My background in nursing is community and practice nursing. I really enjoy the variety of general practice and like getting to know my patients. I joined the team at Kaiapoi Family Doctors in September 2016. I am an authorised smear taker and vaccinator.

I came to live in New Zealand in 2014 to be nearer my sister who has lived here for over 30 years. I have two teenage children and they have settled in well to the New Zealand way of life.

In my spare time I like to keep fit by attending the local gym, walking and by playing golf. I am an avid book reader and also try my best at playing Bridge (not an easy task!).

Jenny Shurville

Jenny Shurville – Practice Nurse

I have lived and nursed in Christchurch for the past 15 years at Christchurch Public Hospital. In 2016, I joined Kaiapoi Family Doctors as a practice nurse and really enjoy it, and really love the switch to primary health.

 

My interests are hiking, biking, travelling, reading, yoga and animals.

Administration Team

Nerita

Nerita – Receptionist

I had the pleasure of joining Kaiapoi Family Doctors in December 2017, on Jill's retirement. I grew up in Kaiapoi and feel it is a great place to live and work.

My passion is helping others, and providing a warm, caring environment.

Outside of work I enjoy gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Gaynor

Gaynor – Receptionist

I was born in England, but have lived in Kaiapoi most of my life. I have worked at Kaiapoi Family Doctors since 2004.

 

I love working with people. Outside of work my passion is competing my horse, trekking and general outdoor activities.

 

Maureen

Maureen – Administration Manager

I am very happy to have joined the caring team at Kaiapoi Family Doctors in Feb 2017.

I live in the Kaiapoi area and enjoy spending time with my adult family, grandchildren and friends.

Jan

Jan – Receptionist

I joined Kaiapoi Family Doctors in Nov 2018 as their girl Friday. Now I am their sassy Monday girl as well.

I have two adult daughters, along with two granddaughters and two grandsons.

My hobbies include gardening, preserving and baking.