Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin doctor confirms retirement


Doctor Ian Dumbrell has confirmed his retirement from medicine, one month after his departure was speculated.

Patients of the clinic advised the PASTORAL TIMES in early July that they were being encouraged to transfer to another doctor.

The Deniliquin Central Clinic founder contacted the PASTORAL TIMES directly to confirm his clinic would close this year.

Dr Dumbrell said he would negotiate with a practice sale broker and advertise the clinic’s sale in the medical press in the near future, but also said he felt it was ‘‘quite unlikely that a buyer or other doctors would take up the offer of sale’’.

‘‘I plan to retire from general practice in December 2021,’’ Dr Dumbrell said.

‘‘I would like to thank the PASTORAL TIMES for its support for me during the almost 14 years I have been in Deniliquin.’’

Dr Dumbrell said ongoing plans to transfer patients have been establishe­d, with discussion­s to be had with other local doctors and a plan for medical records to be available.

He said stage one of the plan started in June 2021, with patients asked to approach their GP practice of choice for ‘‘migration of GP care’’.

Stage two will start in November, which is when Dr Dumbrell and Central Clinic Deniliquin expect to meet with other local Deniliquin GPs to discuss high needs patients.

From December 2021, Dr Dumbrell said there would be an ongoing medical records pick up service in town, initially based at Central Clinic Deniliquin office.

Dr Dumbrell’s departure will place even more pressure on the Deniliquin health system, and a network of already overworked doctors.

New residents to Deniliquin have been reporting difficulty registerin­g with a local clinic for a number of years due to a shortage of doctors compared to the needs of the community.

It comes just three months after Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee told a parliament­ary inquiry on rural health that Deniliquin doctors were at breaking point.

She gave evidence saying Deniliquin doctors were working 120 hours a week, which was not only untenable for existing doctors but

a deterrent for anyone being recruited to the region.

The PASTORAL TIMES understand­s there are 500 patients registered with Deniliquin Central Clinic.

Deniliquin Local Health Advisory

Committee chair Lourene Liebenberg has previously said that members of the community can present to the hospital if they are unwell and seeking emergency medical care, and cannot get an appointmen­t at a GP clinic.

‘‘The community needs to be assured that if someone is unwell and seeking emergency medical care and unable to get into a GP, they can present to the emergency department where they will be managed by the ED nurse practition­er and our very qualified nurses, who will work in conjunctio­n with GPs on call if needed,’’ she said last month.

‘‘This is why it is crucial we have these positions and it is part of the model and solution to address the current GP shortage.’’

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