For 40 years Peter Lee has worked at the Singleton Heights Medical Practice and in his words it is a joy to work as a doctor in a country practice.
“All my patients are like my friends. Sometimes I am honoured to look after four or five generations of the same family, which is very rewarding, “ he said.
Dr Lee’s long service to the Singleton community and general practice was recognised this week when he was received a 2018 NSW Rural Medical Service Award.
This award recognises doctors who have provided more than 35 years service to the people of rural, regional and remote NSW.
In addition to his work at the Heights practice he is also a Visiting Medical Officer at the Singleton Hospital.
His medical career began at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney following the completion of his degree at the University of NSW. He worked at Griffith Base Hospital and St George and Canterbury hospitals before moving to Singleton in 1978.
Dr Lee has undertaken further training in sports medicine and acupuncture and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. He has been a GP supervisor for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 1979.
“I have found that working in a country practice my patients trust me more than ever. If I want to refer them to see a specialist they often say to me ‘Doc, you can handle it, I don’t want to go out of town,” he said.
“It really is an honour and a great reward for me for patients to trust and confide in me. It is a joy to be working in a practice in a country town.”
Singleton Heights Medical Practice, manager, Shellie Walker said every member of Singleton Heights Medical staff past and present absolutely loves and adores Dr Lee and we are very honoured and proud of his achievements.