Just what the doc­tor or­dered

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Karen Hunt

BRIDGETOWN’s longest serv­ing doc­tor has been named on the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List, which was pub­lished on Mon­day.

Dr Nigel Jones said it was grat­i­fy­ing to learn he will re­ceive an Order of Aus­tralia Medal for out­stand­ing ser­vice to medicine.

“I think it’s re­ally nice to re­ceive the recognition – I’m very pleased,” he said.

One of 1007 Aus­tralians recog­nised across a wide range of pro­fes­sions and in­dus­tries, he will re­ceive the medal at Govern­ment House at a later date.

Born in Wales, Dr Jones grad­u­ated from Guy’s Hospi­tal in Lon­don in 1964.

He served with the Royal Army Med­i­cal Corps in Malaysia and West Ger­many for sev­eral years be­fore fol­low­ing his elder brother out to Western Aus­tralia in 1970.

“When I was in Malaysia I came over and had a look at Katan­ning, where my brother was a sur­geon GP, and af­ter I left the army we moved to Katan­ning,” he said.

The young Dr Jones and his wife de­cided to set­tle in the Black­wood re­gion af­ter the op­por­tu­nity came up to buy the Bridgetown Med­i­cal Group in 1972.

He worked un­til about 1980 as a sole prac­ti­tioner, serv­ing not just Bridgetown but the wider re­gion.

“There were no doc­tors in Boyup Brook, no doc­tors in Don­ny­brook, and Manjimup was pretty un­der­manned as well so it was quite a big area.”

De­spite the chal­lenges, he said he thrived on the var­ied work of gen­eral prac­tice.

The prac­tice has grown and thrived since he took it over, now em­ploy­ing eight doc­tors, five full­time.

Dr Jones, who served briefly as a shire coun­cil­lor and was named the shire’s Cit­i­zen of the Year in 2002, says he has no plans to re­tire just yet.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Nigel Jones has been a GP in Bridgetown since 1972.

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