In 2006, after retiring from his role in Telecom, our wonderful Kaumatua Patrick Taylor was asked to come and help out here for a few weeks. 15 years later he’s trying to retire again!
Patrick is a familiar face to many and will be sorely missed by patients, whānau and our kaimahi.
Anne-Marie Pickering, Nurse Director, Adult Medical Services remembers the many times she has called on Patrick’s calming presence while working in the Emergency Department. “He is the most wonderful man who has such a kind and respectful way with all people," she says. “He has mana about him that not many people have. And always a story or two to tell.”
Patrick talks with great fondness about his time here. “The clinical teams here are fabulous and I’ll miss the rapport I’ve built up with them,” he says. “I’ve been able to help many staff with difficult conversations and support many whānau with their grief and through the coronial process.”
Patrick plans to spend more time with his whānau and mokopuna.
We’ll miss you, Patrick. All the best in your (second) retirement.
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