Doctor retires after 30 years

Doctor Gordon Cameron from Rothbury.
Doctor Gordon Cameron from Rothbury.

A north Northumberland GP is hanging up his stethoscope after three decades of looking after patients.

Dr Gordon Cameron joined the Rothbury Practice in November 1984 after previously working at the site as a trainee in 1980.

But today, he will see his last patient as he steps down as partner.

The practice is holding a special retirement celebration for Dr Cameron at Rothbury Golf Club tomorrow.

Dr Cameron, 60, has got to know people from all walks of life in his role during the last 30 years, but is looking forward to retirement.

“The practice has been great, but the NHS is a bit tricky these days,” he said.

“There have been a lot of changes since I started 30 years ago.

“We had a small surgery across the road and in those days, you used to do one surgery a day and eight or 10 visits, but that’s gone the other way.

“One of the biggest changes has been in how we are managed. Thirty years ago nobody managed us, we just got on with it.”

Over the years he has seen various partners, including Angus Armstrong, father of actor Alexander Armstrong, come and go as well as projects and campaigns.

“We are lucky to have the hospital here and I am very pleased we managed to save it,” he said.

“They tried to close it down 10 years ago, but we fought and managed to keep it which was very useful.

“One of the things about being here for 30 years is that you get to know people quite well.

“I have had lots of lovely things said to me over the last few months and it has been super.

“My mantelpiece is full of lovely cards.”

And while Dr Cameron’s wife, Helen, an obstetrician in Sunderland, continues working, he is looking forward to getting back to nature.

“I love gardening and am hoping to spend time in the garden,” he said. “And I would like to do some more walking in the hills of Northumberland as well.

“Despite 30 years here, I haven’t done nearly enough walking as I should have done.

“My wife won’t retire for another year or two so I think we will look at doing some more travelling then.”