our doctors and Nurse-Practitioner
Hannah Cummins - I trained in the UK and qualified as a doctor. I came to New Zealand 11 years ago and did my GP training here. I have been in Golden Bay for five and a half years now and really enjoy the diversity of work within Golden Bay Community Health. I feel privileged to work with such an amazing community. I enjoy managing complex medical cases and working to maximise health and quality of life. Outside of work my 2 young children keep me busy.
Peter Gibbs trained as a doctor at The Royal London followed by GP training in Cheltenham. He has 30 years of experience as a GP, 25 of which he has worked in New Zealand. Peter is a member of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. His special interests are minor surgery and dermoscopy (assessment of skin lesions and mole assessment).
Rachael Cowie studied at Otago University Medical School. She has always been interested in rural health. She did the rural emergency programme which meant she spent a year of her medical training in Balclutha. Rachel has worked in rural practices in Northland and Hawks bay. She is a member of the RNZCGP. Rachel’s special interests are minor surgery, women’s health, including jadelles, mirenas and IUDs. In her spare time, Rachel likes the outdoors, cycling and tramping.
Morgana Woolhouse-Williams did her medical training in Dunedin, her clinical training in Christchurch and her 3 year hospital training in Christchurch and the West coast. Morgana has a special interest in integrative medicine, mind body medicine, women’s health and paediatrics, family planning and preventative medicine. In her spare time Morgana teaches yoga and enjoys the outside adventuring with her family.
Loren McCuskey: In the short time since arriving in Golden Bay from The Netherlands, my family and I have experienced a warm welcome both at Golden Bay Community Health and in the community.
After a few years in medicine, psychiatry and in ED, including a 9 month stint in Sydney, I decided to become a GP and finished my training in 2012. In my work I feel privileged to be able to meet and interact with people and have an opportunity to help wherever I can. I love sports (baseball, tennis), the outdoors, and experiencing new places, people en cultures.
Iain Russel has been a GP in Golden Bay for over 30 years. Iain presently works at Golden Bay Community Health only as a locum doctor. His current special interests are minor surgery and paediatrics. When Iain is not working at GBCH you may find him driving his digger on his small farm.
our practice coordinator
our primary care nurses
Our team of Practice Nurses come from a wide range of nursing backgrounds, each bringing substantial experience to the role. We work across the areas of Primary Health Nursing, Triage (Assessment and facilitating treatment of urgent ‘on the day’ patients), and our dedicated See & Treat beds. We provide a Monday morning Primary Health clinic at Collingwood.
PRIME training is a requirement for our role, ("Primary Response in medical emergencies"). Our Nurses are all independent vaccinators, most are smear takers, and some have extra experience in diabetes, sexual health, cardio-vascular disease, travel medicine, and spirometry testing (lung function assessment). Along with the Well-Child Nurses one of our Practice Nurses offers B4 School Checks, a free health and development check for 4 year olds.
OUR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS
Hi, we are Raelene and Cara. Our role at Golden Bay Community Health is that of medical assistant. You will see us in varying roles in Primary Care. We have been trained to do blood tests, ECG, patient observation, venesection, plaster casting, assist with minor surgery and basic wound-care and to assist the GP or nurse as requested.
Our receptionist team are the first point of contact you will have with us when you phone or come in to see us. They manage our busy front desk and waiting room, expertly handling all queries relating to appointments and repeat prescriptions as well as directing people to the other parts of our facility.
All of our receptionist’s work part time, so you are only likely to meet them all if you visit the practice on different days each visit. Our team members are: May, Cheryl, Kirstie, Jo-Anna, Paddy, Simon, Georgia and Louise.
Sally Boixo - our Practice Coordinator - handles the day to day running of the practice. Should you have any concerns, Sally is the one to raise them with. We welcome suggestions re any improvement you believe would be beneficial to the services we offer.