Long-time doc­tor will be sorely missed

Western Times - - LIFE -

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 as she pro­vided 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.

“It’s less anony­mous than city prac­tices and it’s a very ful­fill­ing, re­ward­ing ca­reer.”

Dr Mar­shall moved back into gen­eral prac­tice in 2009 af­ter work­ing in the pro­ce­dural field for many years as the St Ge­orge Hos­pi­tal be­came bet­ter re­sourced.

“We now have a hos­pi­tal with doc­tors that op­er­ate in pro­ce­dural prac­tice which sets the town up for a place where you can have ba­bies and where you’ll be looked af­ter in an emer­gency.”

CALL­ING STUMPS: Cr Ian Todd with Dr Desley Mar­shall.

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