Hospital honours the life and work of much-loved paediatrician

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The family of a long-serving paediatrician has ensured his legacy won’t soon be forgotten at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital.

Dr Malcolm Miller spent the last days of his life as a patient at St Andrew’s after 32 years as one of its paediatricians.

He died from cancer last September, almost 20 years after he was first diagnosed.

Mr Miller’s wife, Valda, and family members gathered at the hospital last week to honour him. They dedicated an original Dr Seuss print, which now hangs in the Patterson Paediatric ward.

Dr Robert McGregor, who worked with Dr Miller from his first day at St Andrew’s in 1984, described his former colleague as having a larger-than-life presence.

“Malcolm had a courage that I think was universally admired,” Dr McGregor told the Sunshine Coast Daily.

St Andrew’s Chief Executive Christine Went said the special occasion was befitting of a special man.

“It was a great privilege and honour to provide care for one of our own during the last weeks of Malcolm’s life and we are truly blessed to have known Malcolm and to have shared him with his family,” Ms Went said.

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