Much-loved GP Retires After 35 Years

The doctor is no longer in: Melville GP Andrew Nyman is stepping down from practice to take care of his own health.
The doctor is no longer in: Melville GP Andrew Nyman is stepping down from practice to take care of his own health.

MELVILLE has lost a much-loved medical professional with Dr Andrew Nyman stepping away from the stethoscope after more than 35 years to concentrate on his own health.

Dr Nyman has helped thousands of south of the river residents in 30 years of practice at the Leeuwin Medical Centre and Applecross Medical Group.

After completing his studies at UWA and qualifying in 1980, Dr Nyman flirted briefly with anaesthetics and obstetrics but decided against specialising.

“I spent some time overseas in the UK and in country WA doing anaesthetics and obstetrics but I preferred the variety of general practice,” he said.

Dr Nyman originally settled at the Applecross Medical Group, where he remained for 17 years before joining the Leeuwin Medical Group in 2003.

During that time he has treated multiple generations of families, winning the respect and gratitude of countless residents in Melville and its surrounds.

“The thing I will miss most is all the contact with people and talking to people,” he said.

“Patients who know me well know that I tend to run a little bit late so I have no problems with communication – I probably over communicate if anything.

“I’d just like to thank the staff here at Leeuwin Medical Group because it truly has been a great place to work, as well as all of the patients that have let me into their lives over the years.”

One thing Dr Nyman will not miss is the paperwork – and he is also looking forward to spending more time with his family after nearly four decades of long hours in the consulting chair.

Murray Jacobs, a founding partner of the Leeuwin Medical Centre, said Dr Nyman was the most dedicated GP he has been associated with and his retirement would be sorely felt by his patients and his medical colleagues at Leeuwin.

“Andrew’s excellent diagnostic skills, his attention to detail when it comes to managing his patient’s health issues and his compassionate care for those he treats have made him a much loved and respected member of our profession – he’s certainly the most dedicated and hardest working GP I know,” Dr Jacobs said.

“It’s ironic that a man who has dedicated his working life to the health care of others needs to take retirement to manage his own health issues, particularly as he has always been extremely fit as a runner and cyclist.”