Message from Dr Richard Hall,
At the end of September I am retiring after 23 years as a Partner at The Leeds Road Practice. It has been much more than a job to me. All my hopes and expectations when I chose a career in medicine, luckily, have been more than fulfilled. "Luckily" because a career in General Practice was dreamt up as an Undergraduate reading English Literature and based on no knowledge or experience whatsoever.
Whatever I have been able to achieve in the privacy of the consultation has been entirely conditional on the hard work, reliability and dedication of a team of Receptionists, Secretaries, Administrators and Managers, past and present and I have been in debt to my medical colleagues - Nurses, Dispensers, Doctors and Trainees - for their knowledge and support.
When I leave I will be just short of 58 years of age which I confess is a little early, but I have found it hard to stay with the long days and increasing workload. Although I will remember providing overnight and weekend on call, we now do so much more for patients and the pace and volume of work is so much greater that I honestly feel it was easier then. I have every respect for my colleagues who will continue to give their best in the years ahead which I expect will become still more difficult.
I have been asked why not work part-time?" and the answer to this is because I know I would end up working full-time. Also "what will you do?" - first of all stop and i plan to redress the domestic injustices which my wife (also a full-time doctor) has tolerated supremely well for many years, then my interests in books, languages, gardening and watercolours might start to develop.
I am enormously grateful to all staff and all my patients who have been appreciative of my efforts and at times forgiving of my shortcomings.
My work has been a privilege.
Patients Reference Group (PRG) Coffee morning Saturday 20th September 0900hrs - 1230hrs - Farewell to Dr Hall,
The Patient Reference Group are a group of patients who are actively involved in liaising with, obtaining feedback from and discussing with our fellow patients any issues that may arise with the provision of healthcare services at the Practice. They are also involved on a wider basis liaising and attending meetings with our local commissioning group about health services being delivered locally.
On Saturday 20th September they will be hosting a coffee morning here at the practice that all are welcome to attend to find more information about what they do and discuss this with them. We will also have Representatives from Carers Resource and the British Red Cross in attendance to discuss individual needs that people may have and what support may be available for them. Complimentary therapies will able be available for those attending.
Dr Richard Hall will also be in attendance on the morning for all those patients who may wish to drop by and say an informal farewell to him personally. We do ask patients to use this opportunity to say farewell rather than booking appointments to do so. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.
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