Kyogle GP hangs up stethoscope

HAVING spent the last 34 years providing medical care to the peo- ple of Kyogle and district, you would expect Dr Brian Perry to be thrilled about the prospect of retirement. He isn’t.

That’s not to say the Ipswich-born GP isn’t looking forward to being able to spend more time on his farms, working his much-loved Percheron horses, tinkering in his shed full of old cars, and travelling with wife Janet. He is.

But Dr Perry is less than thrilled that despite considerable effort over the past few years, he’s been unable to find another doctor to take over his practice, which will close on Friday.

That means Dr Perry’s many patients will have to find a new doctor for their medical needs.

Dr Perry admits to being ‘a little annoyed’ at the situation, even though his patients, while concerned, have been very understanding.

“It would be foolish to go on to the point where I wasn’t performing or became unwell,” he said about his decision to retire.

“I’m not going to let that happen.”

An unassuming man with a passion for learning ‘just for the joy of learning’, Dr Perry, who has degrees in philosophy, pure mathematics, ancient Greek and linguistics, took over the Kyogle Medical Clinic on January 1, 1976.

He came to Kyogle via Hillston, Europe and Sydney.

“I went bush in 1965 and spent some time in a little town on the Lachlan, on the edge of the desert, called Hillston,” Dr Perry said.

“Then in April 1974 we (wife Janet and their three children) went overseas, saw some of the world, and came back to Sydney in November.

“I tried working as a GP in Sydney, but found that soul destroying – you spent your life sitting in a motor car.

“I then decided to go back to what I intended doing 10 years before and I went bush again.”

This time the Perrys found themselves in Kyogle, with Dr Perry taking over Dr Bags Harvey’s solo practice.

The people of Kyogle and district are invited to a dinner to thank Dr Perry for his more than 34 years service to the community. The dinner will be held at the Kyogle Bowling Club on Saturday, June 19, at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Cost is $20 a person and bookings must be made by June 12. To book phone Dy Clark on 6633 1211 or Chris Andrews on 6632 2185.

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