No GP, no problem – Greymouth nurses buy and run their own general practice

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No GP, no problem – Greymouth nurses buy and run their own general practice

Keira
Stephenson
Trudi McGrath
Practice manager Trudi McGrath says buying a practice is not for the faint-hearted

In a region which prides itself on its fierce independence and wears its isolation as a badge of honour, a small practice has weathered the loss of its owner GP, resisted being subsumed by the DHB and retained its autonomy, to become one of the few nurse and practice manager owned health centres in the country. Keira Stephenson caught up with two of the owners before their presentation at the Practice Managers and Administrators Association of New Zealand conference in September

During these whirlwind few months, it was not unusual for either one of us to be found with our head in our hands feeling overwhelmed with the whole t, High St Medical Centre, The five shareholders: Sue Griffin and Michelle Robb, practice nurses; Trudi McGrath, manager; Kathy Hines, nurse prescriber; and Rose Ruddle, practic