It is with more than a little sadness that I announce my leaving date as 25th January 2019.
I have come to the decision due to family reasons, in particular the fact that we are keen to try moving to France in the near future.
This is therefore an exciting and positive move for me and so I am very grateful to everyone at Woodside for their unwavering support at this time.
Woodside has truly been my second home for the past 5 and half years. The team here, in my opinion are the best doctors I could have had the honour of calling my partners. The nursing, administrative and managerial staff are so hard working and helpful, I will be very sorry to leave you all.
There is significant pressure in general practice, and endless news articles on surgeries closing or being unable to recruit GPs, and so Woodside is using this time of transition as an opportunity for change.
Successful practices are willing to adapt and look at new ways of working. Finding staff who’s skills can compliment and off-load work from GPs is certainly the pathway to sustainability.
I have had the pleasure of overlapping these last months with Helen O’Callaghan who is joining the clinical team in my place.
Advanced Care Practitioners (ACPs) are a great addition to any GP practice team, bring a wealth of community experience over many years, dealing with pretty much everything a GP does, including prescribing and clinical assessment examination. In many practices patients prefer seeing ACPs to GPs (!) and I hope our patients will welcome and value her experience and competence as we do.
Being a GP can be an incredibly rewarding job and I just want to offer my most heartfelt thanks and best wishes to all the patients I have had the pleasure of having contact with over the years.
Being privy to the details and difficulties of peoples individual lives is a great privilege and I sincerely wish you all great mental and physical health and longevity.