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Locals bid fond farewell to family doctor

REDFERN: Locals crowded into the Redfern Hotel on Monday March 25 to farewell Dr Adrian Jones, retiring from medical practice after 47 years’ service.

The popular General Practitioner had a surgery in Pitt Street for many years before moving into the Redfern Station Medical Centre on Redfern Street.

The farewell was an opportunity for community members to share stories about a long-serving GP with a love for medicine, people and sports. Over drinks and pub dinners, neighbours expressed their appreciation, affection and respect. There was much laughter, too.

Moving from table to table, Dr Jones enjoyed the friendly interaction – everyone in the same room at the same time. He chatted warmly and posed for photographs.

“He’s a good doctor,” Wendy said. “He’s kind, caring, helpful and smart – he listens with a close ear.”

Yvonne described a “calm” physician who “treats everyone the same”.

Dr Marie Healy noted her colleague’s dedication to practice. “We’ve worked together for 20 years,” she said. “He has always been so accommodating – non-judgemental, very kind. He mostly bulk-billed and visited people in their homes whenever that was needed.”

José said: “He was considerate and very hardworking.”

Luke added: “He always gave good advice. He knew a lot and made the right referrals.”

James said: “Dr Jones has been my doctor since I was a baby. When I go to the medical centre I ask to see him. He will be missed.”

A common refrain expressed hope that Dr Jones enjoy a well-deserved and fulfilling retirement.

“I imagine he’ll keep riding his bicycle,” said Geoff. “I wish him many years of active retirement – all the walking and skiing he desires, and time with his family and loved ones.”

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