I have decided that I will retire from general practice in the middle of 2023. This is a decision that has taken a lot of thought and reflection. I am so grateful for the support of everyone at Queens Road Surgery. One of my big regrets is that I will no longer be working with these beautiful, talented people.
I began as a doctor in 1985 and as a GP in 1990. I have been lucky to be able to work in a number of areas within general practice – clinical roles, teaching, mentoring and representative positions. By far, I value my time at Queens Road Surgery the most.
I have found it hard to imagine saying goodbye to many of my patients, some of you I have had a more than 20-year professional relationship with and know your stories, rich and varied as they are. You have taught me a lot about myself and about life and loss. I will be forever grateful for our time together. I wish the best for you going forward.
Over the years, I can hear myself giving advice to others that they need to slow down and consider life after work. It is time for me to take my own advice.
My own GP who recently retired commented “there is never a good time for a doctor to retire” and I have found it hard to finally set an end point.
Thank you all.
Extract from “For Beauty” by John O’Donohue
“As twilight pervades the belief of night,
May beauty sleep lightly within your heart