Letter from Doctor Paul Beveridge

3rd May 2019
After 28 years working in General Practice in Pakuranga, I have decided to retire at the end of May 2019.

I have enjoyed my time working with you all and your families.


Many of you will remember me starting practice with Dr Graham Paterson in 1991. I was subsequently joined by Richard Mercer and Eileen Sables at Reeves Road. In 2008 we amalgamated three Pakuranga practices to begin the Pakuranga Medical Centre (PMC) with 10 doctors (now 13). Eileen and I (and later Denis Lee) have been involved with teaching medical students at the medical centre since 2004. I thank you all for your involvement and your willing acceptance of the medical students and our training roles.


The new PMC, with its full complement of ancillary medical services is the way of the future in General Practice medicine. The doctors, nurses and other professionals will continue to offer excellent and comprehensive medical services.


I am delighted to introduce Dr Vimmi Thakur who will replace me at the medical centre. Vimmi, who lives locally, immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 and has practised in the Howick area for six years. She is a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and has a diploma in palliative care. She will continue to consult at the local Totara Hospice. Vimmi enjoys all aspects of family medicine and has a special interest in chronic care conditions and aged care. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi. I am confident that Vimmi will be a valuable addition to the PMC medical team.


My wife, Gill, will continue to work as a radiologist at Middlemore Hospital. I will become the “house husband” and improve my golf. I may return to road bike riding after my wrist fracture last year and will work on our travel plans to visit friends and family in the U.K. 


It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been caring for so many local families, often spread over three generations. I leave an excellent family medical practice with great doctors, nurses and caring support staff who are well prepared for the future challenges of family medicine.


Thank you all and best wishes,

Paul Beveridge


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