Tongaat doctor returns to community

2016-03-10 06:00
 Photo: supplied Dr Moodley’s practice in Tongaat.

Photo: supplied Dr Moodley’s practice in Tongaat.

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DR Terence Moodley matriculated in Class of ’97 at Buffelsdale Secondary School.

His strong desire to serve others, the community and his interest in medicine led to him pursuing a career as a medical doctor.

He left South African shores to study overseas where he pursued a degree in medicine.

He graduated with an American Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D)

After spending many years overseas and being exposed to various healthcare systems, he felt the strong urge to return to South Africa.

Dr Moodley moved back to South Africa and settled in Cape Town where he gained vast experience in trauma and emergency medicine at G.F. Jooste Hospital, one of the largest trauma hospitals in the country. This experience and his further qualifications has held him in good stead and he has gone on to become one of the trauma and emergency doctors at Victoria Mediclinic casualty department in Tongaat.

A strong sense of curiosity and adventure resulted in him deciding to switch over from clinical medicine and explore the pharmaceutical industry.

He gained vast knowledge working at Adcock Ingram – Durban and Johannesburg (one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in SA) during this time.

Part of his tenure at Adcock Ingram was into research and development, as well as training of marketing and sales staff.

Still not content with the know-ledge and experience he acquired, Dr Moodley spread his wings further and moved to Discovery Health.

He wanted to explore the possibilities of managed healthcare and Discovery Health, (the largest private medical aid company in SA) afforded him this opportunity.

He headed the Ex-gratia committee, assessed medical aid high cost cases and served as clinical advisor during this time. In addition to this he has written various medical articles that were published in health awareness magazines – Baba­ and Kleuter, Your Pregnancy and was named Panados expert doctor while at Adcock Ingram.

Strong family bonds and community involvement drew him back to Durban.

He returned to clinical practice and commenced working at King Edward­ VIII Hospital, Wentworth Hospital before finally making his way to the Tongaat Community Health Centre where he served in patient management in outpatient departments, HIV clinic (S’thembile) and headed the resuscitation committee.

He enjoyed a great rapport among patients and staff alike.

He is certified in advanced trauma life support, HIV management, basic surgical skills, project management and is currently doing advanced healthcare management via Yale University in Connecticut, U.S. (one of the top recognised universities in the world).

He is due to graduate in May.

His last government stint was in the Department of Surgery at King Edward VIII hospital where he gained valuable experience in the diagnosis­ and management of surgically ill patients.

His latest venture is that of a private­ medical practitioner where he has established consulting suites in the community he grew up in.

His aim is to be extend affordable quality healthcare.

He attributes his journey to the support and encouragement from family and friends and lives with the belief that “the will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you”.

- Supplied.

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