Dr Daniel Lichtblau is back consulting at The Emeline Medical Centre after a brief period of leave to welcome the arrival of his new daughter Esther into the world.
He says he has been rediscovering his appreciation for nappies and sleep, and is “very grateful” for his patients’ understanding and well wishes over recent weeks. ”We’re so happy that everything has gone smoothly this time and that we have a great team of healthcare practitioners including our obstetrician and GP to support us through our journey,” Dr Lichtblau says.
Dr Lichtblau’s four-year-old son had a slightly tougher start to life.
“Our son was born eight weeks premature, and it was a stressful time. The Royal Women’s Hospital was like a second home for us.
“Many tears were shed and there were some scary moments, but we’re so lucky to have access to a good healthcare system here and Leon’s the most wonderful son – we can barely believe he’s had his four-year-old vaccinations recently.”
Dr Lichtblau’s patients, family and friends have noticed how his consultation space and home have been gradually taken over by action figures over recent months and wonder what the future might bring.
Dr Lichtblau jokes, “One of our other GPs has been lobbying for a planetarium in the clinic, so I think my habit is more modest.
“But I probably need to eventually expand beyond Marvel characters, and I’m going to need to learn how to say ‘no’ at some stage, otherwise we’ll run out of space.”
Dr Lichtblau is a passionate believer in the fundamental tenets of good general practice – having a long-term relationship with a local doctor who knows you well, is focused on your care goals and priorities, and can work as part of an experienced team to provide continuity of healthcare throughout your life.
“It’s great to work with a team who really do want to provide the best care possible, who are going to be around for a very long time, in an environment that is comfortable and friendly and focused on patient needs, and we’re very lucky to be part of a wonderful health precinct in Malvern which has a diversity of specialist services and choice for patients.”
Many of the doctors who work at the clinic have their own young families, are committed to fostering a work environment that is family friendly and are passionate about supporting patients and their families through their own health journeys, drawing on their clinical expertise and experiences in the process.
“Life is a wonderful thing, with all its joys and complexities. We’re very lucky to be able to help patients through their health journeys and to embrace life’s opportunities, whether they’ve just entered the world or are looking to age happily and well, and I’m very grateful to my patients for tolerating a consulting space that looks a bit like Toyworld at the moment.”
“It’s great to work with a team who really do want to provide the best care possible, who are going to be around for a very long time, in an environment that is comfortable and friendly and focused on patient needs.”