Doctors choose Gore

Gore Medical Centre doctor Debra Wilson.
Gore Medical Centre doctor Debra Wilson.

The Gore Medical Centre has had an influx of new faces with doctors Debra Wilson and Rebecca Tordoff joining the team.

As the pair begin their second year of general practice the support of the clinic and the patients is one thing they both appreciate.

Last year the women had to travel to Dunedin once a month for a week as part of their GP training.

Gore Medical Centre doctor Rebecca Tordoff.
Gore Medical Centre doctor Rebecca Tordoff.

''It's really great here ... the staff are really supportive and there is a really good nursing team,'' Dr Wilson said.

Growing up in the district Dr Wilson had headed away to study medicine at the University of Auckland and returned home marrying an Eastern Southland dairy farmer.

''I enjoy working in such a lovely small community, it's a long-term thing,'' she said.

Dr Tordoff had joined the team from studying at the University of Otago after moving to New Zealand with her family in 1999.

''I studied PE [physical education] first then took a year off and then decided I wanted to be a doctor and went back to study medicine,'' Dr Tordoff said.

She has also fallen for the charm of a Southland man and is getting married later in the year.

Being able to get to know families and people was the main thing Dr Tordoff enjoyed about being at the Gore Medical Centre after her stint working at the Southland Hospital.