The practice had five GPs at the start and as, it was forerunner to the integrated family health centres, allied health professionals were based with them. These gradually lost their funding and did not stay.
The centre built up to about 7000 patients but, as more practices became established in Porirua, the patients have “redistributed” and the roll is now about 5000.
Dr McLennan welcomed Very Low Cost Access and Care Plus as important ways to reduce costs for his community, and says targeted smoking cessation, cervical screening and immunisation programmes have brought major advantages.
The recipient of a Queen’s Service Medal in 2014, Dr McLennan served numerous organisations, including committees of the Medical Council and RNZCGP, the practice’s former PHO, and the local after-hours board.
He says he has enjoyed providing good GP care, with continuity of care, in a family-oriented general practice.
Dr Razvi, who could not be reached today, is next up for retirement, Dr McLennan says. Te Iringa Davies, Ora Toa PHO manager medical & health services, could also not be reached for comment.