Profile : Dr Andrew and Lindsay Sword
Dr Andrew and Lindsay Sword are thrilled to be coming to the Hurunui District in mid-September and Andrew is excited about being the GP at Waikari for the coming year.
Andrew grew up near Alton, Hampshire in the UK where he has been working until now. He was born into a farming family and enjoyed growing up on a lovely farm in Hampshire, with which he is still involved.
Andrew was educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey (UK) and after a gap year in the United States, travelling and working in a submarine factory, he went to St Andrews University in Scotland (yes Wills and Kates) and then to the University of Manchester where he graduated in 1982. He did hospital jobs in general medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, accident and emergency and obstetrics and gynaecology in Manchester.
At that point Andrew was committed to a career in obstetrics and gynaecology and did the first part of his membership exam; however, when a job he was going to in South Africa fell through, he found himself joining a general practice team. Within a week he had fallen in love with this new path which he has now done in Alton, uninterrupted, for over 30 years. He has been a senior partner for the last five years. Andrew sees his main skills as a good all round generalist, taking a holistic and realistic view to people’s health.
One day, sitting at his desk, contemplating the next few years, he decided that he wanted an adventure so hence the trip to New Zealand. Since being accepted for the Doctors position at Waikari, Andrew and Lyndsay have been investigating all the outdoor pursuits available to them in the surrounding areas and are excited about the choices available.
Andrew married Lindsay in 1985 and they have three children: Robert, who is a musician, Alexander who is a journalist and Sophie who is a student currently working in Paris. They hope they will be coming out to see them, and that some of you will meet them.
Lindsay too has worked as a general practitioner for over 25 years; she retired from her practice earlier this year; and is keen to explore her more creative side in music and the arts and to become involved in the community at large. Andrew has absolutely no skills in music or art but loves fishing, skiing and outdoor life generally.
They are looking forward to meeting everyone.