Marshall calls stumps on GP career
DR DESLEY Marshall is getting ready to hang up the stethoscope as she prepares to retire after almost four decades as a general practitioner in the region.
Dr Marshall said her time as a GP had been fulfilling, providing medical advice for the tight-knit community of St George.
“At times, it can be very stressful and challenging but it’s very enjoyable as well because you’re dealing with people that you know as individuals, who you are involved with as part of a community,” she said.
Dr Marshall moved back into general practice in 2009 after working in procedures for many years as the St George Hospital became better resourced.
She said the community had been encouraging after her decision to retire.
As a leading GP in a small country town, Dr Marshall said regional doctors faced different challenges to those in cities.
“You have to rely on your own clinical skills a lot more because you don’t have all the facilities available in the city such as scans, urgent pathology and specialists,” she said.
FAREWELL: Cr Ian Todd and Dr Desley Marshall.