Long-serving city doctor to retire
By SALLY GORDON
GRAFTON physician Carel van Gend has decided to close the doors of his Prince Street practice.
The 71-year-old, who was born in Cape Town, has announced his retirement and will officially close his office on February 28.
Dr van Gend's decision follows a rewarding and lengthy career in medicine that spans 10 different countries and includes a 14-year stint in Africa and past posts in Malawi, Canada and Britain.
He said over the years there had been enormous changes in the profession.
"There's been a lot of changes in treatment, enormous advances in medicine and changes in survival of diseases," he said.
"When I qualified there was a polio epidemic every year, we were seeing huge amounts of tuberculosis and people had heart attacks and there was nothing we could do for them."
For the past 26 years, the well-known doctor has based himself in Grafton, where he started out at the Duke Street Medical Centre.
Prior to this, he had been working as a full-time physician at a New Zealand hospital.
Dr van Gend said his decision to retire was due to health rea- sons.