Championship Gig Rower Appointed As Scilly’s New GP

The islands' newest GP Judith Hindley

The islands’ newest GP Judith Hindley

A World Championship gig rower and frequent visitor to Scilly has been appointed as the islands’ new GP.

Judith Hindley is a doctor in the Helston practice that runs the islands’ Health Centre and has been based in the Porthleven branch for the past 12 years.

She’s taken up the vacant position following the departure of Dr Mike Carter, who left for a mainland position in December.

Judith is very familiar with the islands. She’s visited frequently on holiday and even got married during a past trip to Bryher.

She’s also competed in every World Gig Championships since 1999 and says she’s keen to do some vets rowing while she’s here.

Judith loves the physical environment of Scilly and being surrounded by such beautiful landscapes and seascapes.

And she says after living in remote Ruan Minor on the Lizard, she understands how important community and neighbours are.

Her two sons have now left home and she leapt at the opportunity of doing something different in her working life, viewing the move as “a bit of an adventure.”

But Judith says she’s already encountered some of the difficulties of living on an island, particularly problems with travel.

She returned to the mainland for her son’s operation in December and had to rearrange her flights due to the weather disruption.

And she says furnishing her St Mary’s flat has given her a taste of the complications of shipping and delivery to Scilly.

“I haven’t really been an on-line shopper in the past, but that is changing,” says Judith.

Scilly’s Healthwatch organisation has previously raised concerns over the lack of a permanent female GP on the islands, although the practice has employed a female locum.

Judith says she doesn’t think there are any fundamental differences between men and women doctors, but understands that a patient with a particular problem may prefer to see a female doctor. She’s glad that the practice can now offer this.

And she thinks that the practice nurses Gina and Fran have extremely good women’s health skills and knowledge and she hopes to be able to support them.

Judith will initially be here for one year and then return to the Porthleven practice.

Her personal aim during the year is to get to know Scilly better and she’s particularly looking forward to the novelty of doing surgeries on the off-islands

Judith says travelling by boat to do a surgery, “just sounds great!”

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