Now we have two Dr Kennys
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.’’