Highly respected family doctor, ‘Dr Wessie’ retires

Highly respected family doctor, ‘Dr Wessie’ retires
Monday, September 12 2022

It is the end of an era at Medicross Roodepoort, as staff and doctors bid a fond farewell to highly respected and much beloved family doctor, Dr Pieter Marthinus Van Der Westhuizen on his retirement after 47 years of committed care to the community. 

“Dr Van Der Westhuizen, or Dr Wessie as he is affectionately called, has been a core member of the general practitioner team at Medicross Roodepoort since the doors first opened in 1999. During this time his hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care with a human touch have been an inspiration to all those fortunate enough to work alongside him,” says Salome Liebenberg, general manager operations: Medicross. 


“Throughout his distinguished career Dr Wessie has served the local community with the utmost pride and professionalism, and is well known for always putting the patient first. He has treated generations of families and has been a source of comfort and support to many in moments when they were at their most vulnerable.”

Dr Van Der Westhuizen noted that he has taken the difficult but necessary decision to retire for medical reasons. 

“I wish to thank all my patients for placing their trust in me and for their ongoing support these many years. I will forever be grateful to the community, my colleagues and the staff here at Medicross Roodepoort, where I have spent my time doing that which I love most,” said Dr Van Der Westhuizen. 

Liebenberg concluded by commenting on Dr Van Der Westhuizen’s indefatigable work ethic, and the genuine care and concern he demonstrated for his patients and their families. 

“Dr Wessie is a true gentleman who dedicated his life to making a difference in the lives of others. We wish to express our most sincere thanks to both Dr and Mrs Van Der Westhuizen and wish them all the best for this next chapter.


“The trusted team of doctors at Medicross Roodepoort continues to ensure that the highest possible level of care is available to the community that we so proudly serve,” she concluded. 


Notes to editor

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