HE HAS delivered hundreds of babies in Byron Bay, including my two children, but after 36 years of general practice, Dr Peter Roger is hanging up his stethoscope.
Dr Roger will retire tomorrow (July 1) as a GP, but will return to the Bay Centre Medical Clinic in January to run a sports medicine and skin clinic two days a week.
“At 64 I felt it was time to retire, at least from full-time work,” Dr Roger said. “I’m looking forward to more surfing, cycling and tennis.
“It’s been a great privilege to serve the community and help so many people. Like all doctors I’ve worked long hours, but surfing has kept me alive and sane from the pressures and demands of the job.”
Dr Roger said the support and dedication of his fellow doctors, nurses and staff at the clinic had been excellent.
With his father and both grandfathers GPs, it was probably only natural that Dr Roger would follow in their footsteps.
After completing his Diploma in Obstetrics in 1975, the lure of the surf saw him relocate to Byron Bay where he delivered many of the town’s children, as well as some of the present-day staff at the surgery.
In 1998 his interest in sports medicine saw him complete his Masters in Sports Medicine, becoming a NSW Institute of Sports medical officer for the North Coast. Dr Roger is the regular medical officer for many of the town’s sporting events including rugby league, the Byron Bay Triathlon and the Byron Bay Ocean Swim.
Bay Centre Medical has been a teaching practice for registrars and medical students for more than 19 years. “As a supervisor to the registrars, Peter is highly respected with his knowledge and interest in both general and sports medicine,” practice manager Karina Masterson said.
“The clinic wishes him all the very best for the future and thanks him for his many years of service to the Byron Bay area.”
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