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Masterton GP retires after 30 years giving medical care

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Long-serving and well-respected Masterton GP, Dr Nick Crozier, has retired from general practice at Masterton Medical after 30 years of providing medical care for the community.

Dr Crozier has earned a reputation as one of the region’s most experienced GPs. He is also renowned for his skill and knowledge in the areas of rest-home, palliative and dementia care and will remain involved with Masterton Medical’s aged residential care services and programmes.

In addition, he will continue his role as mentor to other Masterton Medical GPs working in these areas.

Robyn Wilson (Masterton Medical’s general manager), says that while staff and patients are sorry to see him depart as a GP, the practice is delighted that it will still have access to his expertise.

“Dr Crozier has been a wonderful GP to thousands of local residents over the years. He has had a varied and interesting career which has culminated in him gaining a valuable understanding of how best to treat patients in their later years.”

Born in Ireland, Dr Crozier started work in Masterton as an anaesthetist at the hospital in 1988 after emigrating to New Zealand with his wife and children from Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). He studied medicine in Zimbabwe and practiced as a GP there for 10 years. However, when the country entered a period of unrest following its independence in 1980, Dr Crozier decided it was time to secure a more settled upbringing for his family.

Reflecting on his career, Dr Crozier, says: “I am grateful to NZ and the Wairarapa for giving me safe refuge after leaving Africa. It has been a privilege to serve the community for the past 30 plus years. I hope to continue this service in my roles as a Primary Health Organisation and Wairarapa DHB board member.”

Dr Crozier’s patients will be transferred to the care of Dr Gerard McQuinlan.