Dr Christine Williams
MB ChB 1979 Otago; Dip Obst 1983 Auckland; FRNZCGP 1999
I have been working at Te Puke Medical Centre (TPMC) since 2005. I work 4-5 mornings a week at the Medical Centre and in the afternoons I either work on my Kiwifruit orchard or ride my horse.
I have been a GP since 1983. I came to Te Puke from Drury, where I had my own practice for 22 years. I now work as an Associate at TPMC. Half of my sessions are worked in the ‘Walk-In’ or Duty Clinic. In the rest I see my own patients. This means that when I am not available for my booked clinics, I can usually be seen in a walk-in, Duty Doctor clinic. The downside of this is that there is often a wait to see me if the walk-in clinic is overloaded.
I tend to run late for appointment times, as I feel it is important for every patient to be given the time they need to deal with an important issue, and don’t like to rush through important concerns. This does not suit everyone, and I am trying to minimise the wait by stressing to each patient that I may not have time to cover all the issues raised at each consultation, but that I will always give time when needed. This may sometimes mean a return visit, to cover other, perhaps less important issues. I hope my patients understand this.
I have 3 adult children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a horse.
I enjoy reading, horse riding, tramping, skiing and travel.
20 November 1980
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The term "vocational registration" indicates that this doctor has done some additional years of further study and has passed comprehensive examinations set by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. In addition to these examinations she/he has committed to an ongoing programme of study to keep up to date with the advances in general practice. His/her participation in this study programme is audited. Passing the examinations and the commitment to the study programme confers on this doctor the status of "specialist" in general practice, and is your assurance that this doctor is practicing to a high standard.
Doctors who are not vocationally registered can currently work in general practice as long as they are under the supervision of a vocationally registered general practitioner. The Medical Council of New Zealand would like all doctors who work in general practice to attain vocational registration and many doctors who are not vocationally registered are currently working towards achieving this qualification.