STAFF gathered at the Bega rooms of South East Radiology to bid a fond farewell to Dr Geoff Purss yesterday.
Dr Purss retired this week and left his role as partner in the South East Radiology group, a non-corporate radiologist-owned practice.
He will be missed at South East Radiology, with many staff at the official farewell emotional about his retirement.
Not only were current staff present, but many former employees came to wish good luck to Dr Purss.
He has been with the local branch, Bega Valley Radiology, since 1993.
He had trained and worked in Sydney before moving with his wife and two daughters to start the practice in Bega.
Dr Purss said he will be staying in the area in his retirement.
“We love the Bega Valley, we have a farm here and a place in Merimbula and I am very much looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren,” he said.
“The Valley has been very good to us and it’s been a lovely place to raise a family.”
Since 1993 he has overseen the transformation of Bega Valley Radiology (BVR).
“It’s now as comprehensive as you can get and it means that rural patients very rarely have to leave the area to have radiology procedures.
“We now have CT, nuclear medicine and MRI,” he said.
Last year BVR installed the Bega Valley’s first and only MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine.
The scanner had to lowered in through the roof and into a custom built room (BDN, 15/11/13), costing BVR around $1.8million for the machine and practice fit-out.
Dr Purss has been heavily involved with the community since moving to the Bega Valley, particularly Rotary.
He is also part of the newly formed Reaching Out Foundation, which aims to foster and support the establishment of community facilities that serve the needs of the vulnerable in the Bega Valley.