A BELOVED doctor in our town put away his stethoscope for the last time on Friday. General practitioner Dr Nat Subbiah, 79, has passed patients on to his daughter Dr Nandana Subbiah at the private practice on School Street.
He cared for more than 15 patients a day – all of whom are sad to see him go.
To make his departure a gradual one, Dr Subbiah will visit the practice to chat to his former patients every so often.
Dr Subbiah will stay in Port Macquarie during retirement with his devoted wife, Vasantha.
He was very grateful to all of his patients and to the medical community in Port Macquarie for all their support.
“Health care is very good here in a sense that the hospital staff and many specialists are extremely supportive of GPs,” Dr Subbiah said.
Compared to other remote areas Dr Subbiah has worked including Katherine in the Northern Territory and the NSW mining town of Barraba, he says Port Macquarie has been a much less stressful position.
“The many new initiatives and developments in health for the area is very exciting,” he said.
Dr Subbiah came to Australia 31 years ago from southern India. On Thursday, Dr Subbiah and Mrs Subbiah celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.