Popular Wanaka doctor awarded for work

Andrew McLeod Photo: Wanaka Medical Centre

Long-standing Wanaka doctor Andrew McLeod has received a fellowship for outstanding and sustained services to medicine.

Wanaka Medical Centre’s Dr McLeod was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) at 2017’s General Practice Conference in Dunedin on Saturday July 29.

Communications advisor for the RNZCGP, Lily Ng, said that the Distinguished Fellowship was awarded for outstanding and sustained services to the aims or work of the college and to the science or practice of medicine.

Wanaka Medical Centre doctors Julian Pettit and Joanna Millis nominated Dr McLeod for the fellowship for his work at the practice and his work as a representative of the Southern Alliance and Southern Health Pathways Advisory groups.

“In both areas he has been innovative in improving care for rural patients, despite geographical isolation and heavy after-hours commitments,” the doctors said in their nomination.

“Andrew has made a tremendous contribution to his small rural community practice for over 30 years, and has shown leadership during the rapid growth of the town. He gives his time and advice selflessly and is well respected and popular with patients, students and staff alike.”

Wanaka Land Search and Rescue chairman Bill Day said that the award was well deserved and that his team were grateful and appreciative of the way Dr McLeod gave his time and knowledge to Wanaka Search and Rescue.

Wanaka Community Board member and recently-elected Queenstown Lakes District Councillor Quentin Smith said that it was a worthy award and that Dr McLeod was a fantastic GP.

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is a professional body and postgraduate educational institute that sets standards for general practice, providing research, assessment, ongoing education, advocacy and support for general practitioners and general practice.

Pictured: The group of fellows at the college’s conference. Dr McLeod is pictured on the right-hand side by the banister. President Tim Malloy, who presented Dr McLeod with his award on-stage, is pictured centre front wearing a korowai.  Photo: Jeremy Hill

Cover image: Andrew McLeod  Photo:   Wanaka Medical Centre

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