Doc ends delivery run

On a good run, it took Alastair Haslam 12 minutes to get from his Tamahere home to his work at Waikato Hospital.

He’s done that trip in emergencies at all hours, the master of instant transition from family man to obstetrician, and probably a difficult birth awaiting his attention. Haslam borrows a quote he likes, the source unknown, to describe the effect of his quick exit. “The obstetrician is the empty place at the dinner table, and the draught of the back door opening and closing as you go out to the car.”

Yesterday, Haslam did things differently: he exited Waikato Hospital, retiring from his life’s work as an obstetrician and gynaecologist.

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