Now we have two Dr Ken­nys

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A Toko­roa fam­ily tradition is con­tin­u­ing this week as Dr Sarah Kenny joins the MacDon­ald and Kenny gen­eral prac­tice.

The 27-year-old started work­ing at the prac­tice ear­lier this week and will work July to De­cem­ber oper­at­ing as a GP reg­is­trar. She joins the prac­tice full time next year.

Sarah’s fa­ther, GP Alan Kenny, said her in­clu­sion would be a great as­set for the prac­tice and for Toko­roa.

‘‘I never re­ally expected this to hap­pen. It is kind of flat­ter­ing but I didn’t ever want her to be tied down for 26 years and do the same kind of hours of work that I have done. It is emo­tion­ally drain­ing and there are many long hours.’’

Sarah qual­i­fied at Auck­land Univer­sity in 2008 and has spent two years work­ing at Waikato Hospi­tal, and a fur­ther year in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia.

She is cur­rently a GP reg­is­trar in Mata­mata. Work­ing as a GP reg­is­trar in­volves four days a week of prac­ti­cal GP work and one day of aca­demic stud­ies of­ten car- Toko­roa GP Alan Kenny and his daugh­ter, GP Sarah Kenny who has joined the prac­tice of Drs Kenny and MacDon­ald. ried out in Cam­bridge.

Giv­ing a pro­fes­sional as­sess­ment of his daugh­ter’s abil­i­ties, Dr Kenny said she was ‘‘great’’.

‘‘Ev­ery­where she has worked they have wanted to keep her on, which is a good in­di­ca­tion that she is liked and val­ued.

‘‘It is very dif­fi­cult to re­cruit doc­tors to Toko­roa. But Sarah grew up in Toko­roa, and has al­ways wanted to re­turn to work in the town,’’ he said.

While Dr Kenny him­self has been a lo­cal GP for more than 26 years, he main­tains that he is still the baby of the prac­tice.

‘‘I think the most im­por­tant fea­ture for gen­eral prac­tice is the con­ti­nu­ity of care we of­fer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. You earn their trust. You are there for the good times and the bad, the births and the deaths. To be a good GP you need to have good con­ti­nu­ity. It is a trust­ing re­la­tion­ship built up over time.’’


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