Dr Ana Hernandez

Q&A with retiring doctor, Ana Hernandez

Dr Ana has been with PVH Medical for an impressive 26 years. The time has come for her to take a break and reflect on what she will do in the future.

So Ana, what’s the grand plan? How will you spend your days?

Looking after my grandchildren aged 3, 2 and 8 months and resting, sitting with a cup of coffee looking out the window. I may also do gardening, hiking, sewing, craft, cycling, cooking or visit friends.

What do you look forward to most in retirement?

Answer D, all of the above!

What did your family say on hearing the news?

“Hooray, good on ya ma”.

What’s been your career highlight?

Meeting wonderful people, both patients and staff.

Saving lives, alleviating suffering and stamping out disease all by lunchtime has had its rewards as well.

What will happen to your patients when you retire?

Some have sought Spanish speaking doctors in other clinics, while many have decided to stay at PVH and see the excellent doctors here.

What memorable work story can you share?

Singing 12 days of Christmas with modified words for our Christmas lunch with our choir (of four voices): “On the first hour of Wednesday, Reception said to me… can you see another patient or three…”.

If you could change one thing about your working life, what would it be?

Misdiagnosing a couple of patients will always stay in the back of my mind but it has humbled me and made me realise I am human and will make mistakes.

How will you maintain social connections?

I will work one day a week at the antenatal clinic at Sunshine Hospital.

What do you think about the saying “life begins at retirement”?

As I feel quite tired I don’t want to start to live another life again, just finish this one, thanks.

Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to share?

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Dr Ana finishes at the end of April 2021. PVH Medical wishes her a well-deserved break.