Dr Marina Kefford and Dr Paul Carter celebrated a decade in the Lancefield community after opening the Lancefield Country Practice together on February 9, 2009.
After 10 years at the medical clinic, both doctors reflect on their love of the local community.
“10 years ago, Lancefield was in a difficult position with no bank, no pharmacy and no consistent medical service,” Dr Carter said.
“The bank opened around the same time we did and I think the town then really kicked off.
“I have had the privilege to work in this community and help look after the people. Marina and I have worked together for 10 years and we’ve never had a cross word.”
Dr Kefford said the success of the practice stems from the community’s respect for Dr Carter.
“I think it’s because Paul has been working in this area for many years, they have so much respect for him,” Dr Kefford said.
“I really enjoy waking up in the morning and coming to work. It’s such a great feeling when you catch up with the community and they say ‘thank you’ for helping them or their family.”
In 2014, Lancefield Country Practice joined with Ochre Health and continued to offer a wide range of medical services including general family medical car, immunisations, minor emergencies and care plans for chronic or complex issues.
Along with celebrating its birthday, the practice also acknowledges the culturally diverse range of doctors at the clinic.
Doctors at Lancefield Country Practice come from countries like Russia, England, Holland and Columbia to India and Sri Lanka.
“We have such a diverse range of doctors from all over the world,” Dr Carter said.
Dr Carter has also written two auto-biographies titled ‘Tales of a Country Doctor’ and ‘The Further Tales of Country Doctor’ detailing the last two decades working in regional Victoria.
For more information on the Lancefield Country Practice please visit their website www.ochrehealth.com.au/practices/lancefield-country-practice-vic or call (03 5429 1362).