Dr Sandra Morrow is retiring after more than two decades as a GP in Gisborne.
She reflects on her role in the community as she speaks with Esther Lauaki.
What’s your connection with Macedon Ranges?
I’ve lived in the area for many years and have worked here for 21 years.
How long have you served as a doctor in Gisborne?
I’ve been here 21 years at the Gisborne Medical Centre.
I’ve been a general practitioner in the Macedon Ranges since 1995, and over the years built a loyal patient base.
Fill me in a bit on your background?
My medical career started after the completion of my studies at Monash University in 1983, followed by internship in Geelong and various hospital roles, as well as holding a councillor role at Bacchus Marsh council prior to starting my general practice career.
Having worked in both Sunshine and Bacchus Marsh, I settled at the Gisborne Medical Centre and have seen the practice grow from a small clinic to the large multidisciplinary services now available.
During this time, I also held a board director role at the Central Highlands Division of General Practice.
What will you miss most about your job?
I have most enjoyed developing long-term clinical relationships with patients and gaining a deep understanding of families and their health journeys.
The decision to retire has been a very difficult one and I will miss touching base with my patients.
What’s next for you?
I will be spending time at my Tasmanian property with my family.
What do you love most about the Gisborne community?
I love the close-knit community and the people that I’ve met through my work.
Patients will have the opportunity to say a quick goodbye on Dr Morrow’s last day at the clinic by dropping in to the Gisborne Medical Centre between 10am and noon on September 29.