Well-liked doctor remains in critical condition after crash

WORD of Alstonville GP Nigel Chamberlain's serious cycling crash on Tuesday morning spread across the Northern Rivers region and beyond like wildfire.

The well-liked 60-year-old doctor, who has worked at the Alstonville Medical Centre for more than 20 years, remained in a critical condition in Gold Coast University hospital late yesterday.

Dr Chamberlainwas airlifted to hospital in a critical condition following the crash, which occurred 600 metres from his home on Dillons Lane, at about 7.30am.

A neighbour, who witnessed the crash, told police Dr Chamberlain was coming down a hill on Dillons Rd at speed when he lost control of his bicycle, hit the gutter and was catapulted into trees.

Friends and patients took to The Northern Star's Facebook page to express shock and send their best wishes to Dr Chamberlain and his family during this difficult time.

Fellow cyclist, Wollongbar resident Bob Barnes said: "So sorry to hear this news. An enthusiastic cyclist and a great GP, hope you have a speedy recovery Nigel."

Former Alstonville resident Kim Knapp heard about the incident in the Brisbane suburb of Scarborough.

"A brilliant Dr....he helped deliver my daughter Kiani over 22yrs ago.....I wish him a speedy recovery!"

Many people were saddened and distressed at the news.

"Oh no," was Janene Haydon's reaction in posting. "He's a lovely guy and doctor. Hope he recovers quickly."

Josh Jade Grissell wase upset by the news, posting: "Oh no (sad face). He is a good doctor."

Ingrid Limpenny said: "Oh no, that's terrible. My thoughts are with all Nigel's family and friends."

Southern Cross University student Kymberley Moss posted: "Oh no (sad face) that's no good, I hope he has a fast recovery. He's the best doctor ever!"

Lismore's Lyn Stebbing posted: "No good, great local GP."

From Robyn Wray: : "Thoughts are with his whole family at this time. Such a beautiful family and wonderful man."

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