Seeing the family doctor
IT IS a wonderful feeling to have five generations together in one room. So many things link family together, but for Gwen Smyth’s family there is something extra - their family doctor.
Doctor Kevin Lynch has served all five generations of Gwen’s family, starting with her mother, Lil Derrick, then Gwen herself, Gwen’s daughter Jules Bolam, Jules’ daughter Tayla Hope and, most recently, baby Archie Hope.
Dr Lynch has been working in Dalby for over 30 years, having arrived in 1988.
“I’ve always been interested in working in the country and when I came from Blackall, Dalby was the first town that had traffic lights, so I stay here.”
As for why he stays in Dalby, Dr Lynch said he enjoys the work that he does.
“I do a lot of what’s called procedural work … and just treating all stages of humanity.”
About having Mrs Smyth and her family as patients, Dr Lynch said it was a privilege to look after such a wide spread of family members.
“It’s just a pleasure to treat so many different generations, so many stages of life, and be connected to them,” Dr Lynch said.
“When I see one, I hear about all the others.”
Mrs Smyth said from when Doctor Lynch came to Dalby, she and her family have been his patients.
“It’s definitely a family thing,” Mrs Smyth said.
When asked what having a long-term family doctor meant to her, Mrs Smyth said “great, because you can have that nice chat and yet you haven’t got any qualms about the confidentiality”.
“It’s nice just to know that you can sit down and talk, and you can talk from your point of view about whatever, and yet he has the full story.”