Long-serving Tailem Bend Medical Centre doctor Paul Wolf has come to the point where he had to say farewell.
Dr Wolf has serviced the Tailem Bend and surrounding community for nine years and has become a well-loved and respected member of the community.
He finished up his role in Tailem Bend on Tuesday, December 13 before moving on to the Aldinga Day and Night Surgery.
On Monday, December 12, a farewell was held for Dr Wolf at the Coorong Civic Centre where members of the council, the Coorong Health Advisory Council (HAC) and community members thanked him for his years of service.
Many people said Dr Wolf had gone above and beyond for them and their families, and is passionate about country health.
Upon departure, Doctor Wolf said he was thankful and proud to have been able to work in the community.
“It was an interesting time with many interesting challenges as well, generally speaking, I had a great time here and I have met some really remarkable people that will stay with me forever,” he said.
“You learn from challenges and I’m very much grateful for the people at the hospital, there is a great set of staff.”
Presiding member for the Coorong HAC Annette Jager said serviced the community in a professional and humane way, always with a sense of humour.
“He has worked tirelessly,” she said.
“I just wish him well.”
Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch wished Dr Wolf all the best and said he was an extremely community orientated doctor who went above and beyond for his patients.
“From our point of view, we are sorry to see Paul go, we are very grateful for the level of dedication he gave to our community,” he said.
Country Health South Australia and the Coorong HAC had moved to reassure residents the Tailem Bend District Hospital will continue to provide vital services.
Locum doctors will staff the hospital while an expression of interest process is underway.