Mar­shall calls stumps on GP ca­reer

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAREWELL: Cr Ian Todd and Dr Des­ley Mar­shall.

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