Doctor still there after three decades
Three decades down and Dr David Going is still ticking along.
The 60-year-old has celebrated 30 years' practicing medicine in Te Atatu Peninsula.
The Mt Eden resident purchased his first clinic on December 3, 1983 after serving his time as a relieving doctor.
"The previous doctor had sadly gone blind," Dr Going says.
"Several patients asked me to stay, even though I was last in the line of doctors.
"But I decided to buy the clinic and started it off as a single practitioner's office in small, dingy rooms behind the chemist."
Dr Going spent half his time on the peninsula and the other half in Te Atatu South at another clinic.
That all changed when a new doctor took over in the south and both of them decided it would be best to stay put and establish themselves.
Dr Going has now been practising medicine for more than half his life.
In his office hangs three certificates displaying his bachelors of science, medicine and a diploma in geriatric medicine.
He graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1976.
Dr Going has been married to his wife Lesley for 28 years and they have two children, Hannah and Josh.
"David is a very gentle man," Mrs Going says.
"He enjoys explaining things and is good with the elderly.
"It's been a wonderful marriage."
Dr Going admits his workload is slowing down now and he would like to focus on his hobby of cycling.
He says it's the personal bonds he's shared with patients that will stay with him.
"When I first became a general practitioner I was always scared that someone would collapse in the medical centre.
"One of my loyal patients experienced chest pains so he drove all the way from Newmarket, past the hospital and out to Te Atatu just to see me," he says.
"His heart stopped and luckily the ambulance arrived with the defibrillator in time.
"On a house visit later that day another patient also had a heart attack.
"Everything was OK and thankfully that was the last one I experienced."
Family, friends and loyal patients joined Dr Going on December 19 for drinks and nibbles at the medical centre.