One of Cromwell Medical Centre’s longest serving team members is Dr Greg Harmsworth. Greg has been working at the centre for 20 years and has taken on a variety of roles.
Born in South Africa, Greg completed his qualifications at the University of Cape Town. He then worked in South Africa and the UK training in internal medicine, emergency medicine, muscular skeletal medicine and anesthetics. He wanted to bring his young family to a safe and pleasant environment, so the migrated to New Zealand. He worked at Dunedin and Dunstan Hospitals completing his general practice fellowship.
When Greg started as a GP in Cromwell it was a “two doctor town” and he has genuinely enjoyed general practice as he can help “the whole person” and provide whole family care including aspects of emotional health that are so important. Being around to see children growing up and families evolving is a highlight.
In 2012 Dr Greg Harmsworth set up the Lakes Skin Cancer Clinic. His goal was to offer skin cancer services of a high standard to the Central Otago community. His interest in skin cancer management is longstanding. In 2003 he began furthering his study through the Universities of Auckland and Queensland. He has since undertaken further study through the Skin Cancer College of Australasia completing a Diploma of Dermoscopy and a Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery. This earns him the status of Skin Cancer College Accredited Doctor. Greg is quick to point out that “early detection of skin cancer leads to much better outcomes for patients.”
Greg is married with adult children. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, enjoying all that Central Otago has to offer.