Doc­tor moves af­ter 33 years at prac­tice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

His Mun­gavin prac­tice may be clos­ing, but doc­tor Larry Jordan isn’t ready to hang up the stetho­scope just yet.

Af­ter 33 years in Porirua East, Jordan has de­cided to close his solo prac­tice and com­bine with Whitby Doc­tors at the end of the month.

‘‘It’s a com­bi­na­tion of my get­ting a lit­tle bit older and I’m need­ing to pace my­self and not work so hard,’’ he said.

‘‘This is so I don’t have to re­tire. My aim is to keep prac­tis­ing for a good while longer yet. I can’t keep on work­ing 60 to 70 hours a week and not fall over.’’

No 16 Mun­gavin Ave has been a med­i­cal prac­tice for about 60 years, so it would be a big change for the com­mu­nity, Jordan said.

‘‘It’s a big up­heaval and I have mixed feel­ings about it be­cause it’s been a great 33 years. This has been a fab­u­lous com­mu­nity to work in.

‘‘It’s an end of an era and cer­tainly for some people it’s sad and a bit of a chal­lenge for their doc­tor to be fur­ther away.’’

With the change comes the lo­gis­tics of mov­ing 1800 pa­tients to ei­ther the new prac­tice or a new doc­tor.

About 1700 of Jordan’s pa­tients will be fol­low­ing him. Those who can­not get to Whitby are be­ing taken on else­where.

It will be a longer work com­mute for Jordan, who lives in Ranui.

‘‘I’ll still be liv­ing here and part of the com­mu­nity.’’

Jordan came to Porirua as a young doc­tor to do vo­ca­tional fam­ily prac­tice train­ing.

‘‘I loved the area. The people here are great, the medicine is in­ter­est­ing, the health chal­lenges are con­sid­er­able. It was just re­ally en­gag­ing and I never wanted to be any­where else.’’

Some of his pa­tients have been with him through four gen­er­a­tions of their fam­i­lies.

Jordan at one point was mak­ing reg­u­lar house vis­its to a nun and Mon­grel Mob mem­ber liv­ing in the same street.

Dur­ing more than three decades Jordan has seen many changes in Porirua. ‘‘The com­mu­nity has ma­tured. ‘‘There are still a lot of young fam­i­lies round here, but now there are a lot of house­holds where there are quite a few el­derly.

‘‘Porirua is much less of a wild west now, even though it still has its so­cioe­co­nomic chal­lenges. It has grown up, you might say.’’

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