A GP at Belford Medical Practice, who has been there since the summer of 1982, has decided to hang up his stethoscope and retire from the practice at the end of April.
Dr David Gill, who has loved his time as a local GP, said that he has seen many changes over his working career in Northumberland, initially starting as a partner at Belford in a two-man practice which did all its own on-call, such that he was available on duty every other night and every other weekend initially.
At that time, the practice did a lot of its own maternity work and was also involved with the BASICS organisation, attending road traffic accidents as well as medical emergencies in conjunction with the ambulance service before the introduction of paramedics.
David has been involved in training future GPs as well as medical students and in May 2015, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College General Practitioners in recognition of his service.
David said that as well as working in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, he has been extremely fortunate to have worked with such an excellent practice team and he will greatly miss the daily contact with patients, many of whom have become friends over the years.
He is aware of the ever-changing nature of primary care provision and feels the time is now right to hand over to his younger colleagues.
He is very much looking forward to spending more time in the future with the three Gs, namely grandchildren, golf and garden.
If anybody would like to contribute to a retirement gift for David, contact Belford Medical Practice for more details.