For 40 years Dr John Holly has been providing advice and care for the people in Cessnock and the wider community. Born in South Africa before migrating to Australia in 1976, Dr Holly is now working towards retirement after a long and successful career. Having first worked at the Prince Wales Hospital, Dr Holly was introduced to Dr Alex Chen.
After completing a long term locum for Dr Chen, Dr Holly decided to stay in Cessnock, with Mr Frederick Krausert helping him open his first clinic in 1979. Dr Holly said he was immediately accepted into the community where the people of Cessnock made him feel at home. He that that he had many fond memories over the years both in his clinic and at Cessnock Hospital.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Cessnock community, who have given myself and Cumberland Street Clinic their support over the last 40 years.Dr John Holly, Cumberland Street Clinic
“In the early days, as a GP, I performed deliveries for Dr Sujohn and gave anesthetic for Dr Horvath”, he said. “I enjoyed the calling and challenges but things change, such as the removal of the obstetric unit in Cessnock Hospital and the arrival of specialists, but I do miss that excitement”.
In 2015, Dr Holly was the deserved recipient of the Cessnock Citizen of the Year award. Despite having worked for so long in the medical profession caring and helping patients, along with mentoring medical students, Dr Holly said he was humbled to receive the award. “I don’t do this for the accolades. I feel humbled and inadequate that my work in Cessnock is never enough to repay their support over the years”.
Although 2018 turned out to be a challenging year for Dr Holly and his wife Mailan following a serious motor vehicle accident and a cancer diagnosis, Dr Holly said things are looking better after a long road to recovery, “the good news is that I have recovered well with support from my family, staff, friends and the community”.
Dr Holly said he intends to continue running the clinic with high quality staff and doctors under his direction while focusing on a mentoring and teaching role.