Dr John McAllister
I am sending this message to bring you up to date with a change in my role here at Green Bay Medical Centre. After nearly 40 years it is time to spend less time working,and more time tending to our garden, regaining fitness, and starting the task of reading as many of the unread books in our house as I can in the years left to me. I also need to restore the “muscle memory” in my fingers to be able to play the guitar again !
From 1st December 2020 I will become an associate of the practice, and from 10th December onwards will work just one day per week - Thursday.
Dr Mei Toh will be joining us as an associate also, and she will cater to patient consultations in the rest of the week.
In the fullness of time, the other partners will find a suitable replacement for me as a permanent partner, at which time I will fully retire. The time frame for that is unknown, but likely to be several months.
General Practice is unique in the many disciplines of Medicine in that it affords the doctor the privilege of travelling with the life journey of many people and the various generations of their family. I am grateful for having that privilege bestowed upon me, and receiving the many learnings from that sharing.
Until we meet again, God bless.
I started at Auckland University to complete Medical Intermediate for Otago Medical School in 1967.
Fortunately, I was selected as a member of the inaugural intake into the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1968. After graduation at the end of 1973, and then doing the required two years of house surgeon rotations through various medical and surgical "runs" in Greenlane and Auckland hospitals, I left for a period of "OE" in the United Kingdom and road trips through Europe and North Africa. I returned to join the Psychiatry training scheme, and worked in that area of medicine for seven years, before entering General Practice.
I have been at Green Bay Medical Centre since 1982, and was privileged to join the practice set up by the late Dr Bob Hardy and Dr Morag Hardy, who were joined later by Dr John Hilton (also, sadly, now deceased).
I am married to Judy since 1971, and we have two children - Hamish and Melanie.My interests in medicine now centre on the areas in which I have undertaken post-graduate training, namely psychological medicine and the medicine of the elderly.
Please note that I work Monday through to Friday, with Tuesday afternoon being my “administration” half day.