Town salutes retired Dr
Doctor Nigel Jones has called Bridgetown home for more than 40 years and has worked as a general practitioner at the medical centre there for just as long.
After so many years at his country practice, and after helping the community for some 47 years, Dr Jones has decided to retire.
His journey begun as a doctor in England.
“I was born in Cardiff in South Wales and went to a grammar school there before I received a scholarship to Guy’s Hospital in London,” he said.
“I did my training there before doing five years practising medicine in the army in Malaysia and Germany.”
Dr Jones said this had included spending some time in Borneo, doing some training as a dermatologist in Muenster, Germany, and running a clinic in West Berlin when the wall was still up.
He said he had enjoyed his time with the army but after he had completed the five years he headed to Australia to spend time with his brother who lived in Katanning at the time.
“I had a look around the State and we did a drive from Busselton, through Nannup to get to Bridgetown in winter when the river was flowing and bubbling and everything was green,” he said.
“I thought this area was great and where I wanted to be and I have lived here ever since.”
Dr Jones brought the Bridgetown Medical Centre off the old owners and started up a new practice.
At first he was the only one working there but as demand grew so did the business.
“I was the only one here for seven years, then after that I got my first partner and we just grew from there. I love the variety and the excitement of my job and getting to do some good by helping others is one of my favourite aspects of the work.”
He said his proudest moment as a doctor was when he successfully helped deliver his first set of twins.
“That was 40 or so years ago but I will always remember that moment as one of the best in my career,” he said.
Last year Dr Jones was awarded an Order of Australia medal for the work he had done with the community as a doctor.
“I was recommended for the medal for the work I have done in and around the Bridgetown community over the years and I am very proud I was awarded it,” he said. “I am also very appreciative of those who recommended me.”
Now he has retired, Dr Jones said he was not sure what he wanted to do next but mentioned he would like to travel and continue with his metal work.
“I have a workshop and so I’m hoping to get back in there more ... and travelling more is also on the cards,” he said.
“While I am sad to go I also think it will be good and I am very grateful to have worked in Bridgetown for such a long time.”
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