It is with very mixed emotions that I have taken the decision to retire from general practice. It doesn’t feel like over 27 years since I first came to the practice in Wroughton and Chiseldon as a trainee GP after a few years in hospital medicine.
Over that time a lot of things have changed with an ever increasing number of staff, both clinical and non-clinical and greater range of services offered at the practice. More recently there has been much greater working together in groups of practices and this has been one of the reasons that patients in our practice, as part of the Brunel Health Group of practices, were some of the earliest in the country to get covid vaccinations at the end of last year.
I have come to know many of you very well through some of the most difficult times in your lives and in helping you stay healthy. It has been an enormous privilege to be your GP and, while it has been challenging at times, it has also been very rewarding. It has been lovely to see many of you go through different phases of your lives, whether from work to retirement or from babyhood to parenthood, and to look after multiple generations of the same family.
I have also been fortunate to work with some wonderful and exceptionally talented colleagues over the years and also to help train many other doctors to become GP’s, some of whom have subsequently continued to work at the practice.
It has been great to work in a practice where providing high quality clinical care has always been, and I know will continue to be, a top priority.
As Julia, my wife, and I have no immediate plans to move away, I hope to see many of you when out and about in the area.