Father-son doctor duo at hospital


An Oamaru father and son will be working together as doctors at the Oamaru Hospital over the next week.

Fifth year medical student at the University of Otago, Christian Robinson, will be working alongside his father, Oamaru Hospital doctor Brian Robinson, who has been at the hospital for 18 years, as part of his rural placement section this week.

Christian Robinson said he was enjoying being in Oamaru and he also liked the variety of work here.

“It is nice to be back in Oamaru.”

He has spent the past three weeks at Central Medical and will spend this week at the hospital before working one final week at Central Medical.

Oamaru had more variety than Dunedin, as it was smaller, so there was more practical work and fewer specialists to send people to, he said.

“It has been very variable with the amount of things that I have seen,” he said.

It felt a bit strange to be working at the hospital where he used to visit his father when he was young, he said.

“Now I see it in a different light. It is a bit surreal.”

He initially wanted to become a vet, but when he spent a day at a vet, he realised it would not be possible as he is allergic to cats and has hay fever.

“I thought the next logical step was to move to humans,” he said.

His father said he did not think there had been a father-son doctor duo in Oamaru before and it was strange, but he was enjoying it.

“It is just nice for this to happen,” he said.


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