I want to let you know that, after a lot of heart searching, I have decided to retire from medicine in September.
It has been an absolute privilege to work as your GP at Hawthorn Surgery for the last ten years. I am very grateful for the support you have given me in my role and hope I have helped provide some support for you also.
I am now in my 60th year, and my mother is in her 90th year. I am looking forward to spending some time with her in London, as she remains my source of inspiration, but is getting very frail now and needs me.
My career in medicine spans from the discovery of HIV to the Covid pandemic with many things in between. I have seen many challenges and witnessed some wonderful advancements in this time.
I have been fortunate to work with some amazing colleagues along the way and some incredible patients whom I will never forget.
One of the reasons I feel I can now retire is because of the fantastic team that remains at Hawthorn Surgery. We have built on the strong legacy left by Dr Shevlin and Dr Gibbs with Amanda Nelson at the helm, Dr Angela Stonelake, Dr Benjamas Brown, Dr Eleanor Moran and Dr Anisha Brooke-Gandhi who are all excellent GPs, who want to continue to provide medical care to a very high standard. We now also welcome two more GPs, Dr Cecilia Tillotson and Dr Thomas Pymar who will both start in September.
The nurses, pharmacists, secretarial and administrative staff complete this strong team.
So, I leave you in excellent hands as I hand over the chalice and wish you all the very best.
Thank you again,
Dr Hilary Devitt
13th July 2021