Thirty four years ago I qualified as a Doctor, and for the last twenty three years, I have had the privilege of being a GP at Hawthorn Surgery. The time however has come to retire from medicine and I will be hanging up my stethoscope on October 9th 2019.
Many, many things have changed in medicine but much has stayed the same. As part of a great team of staff and colleagues, I have tried to always have my patients best interests at heart and protect their trust in me. Doing things the right way even when it was not the easy way is one of those things that never changed.
For almost ten years I contributed not only to the care and well-being of the Practices patients, but played a part in how the NHS looked after the whole of West Leeds. I was part of the group of GPs that joined the newly created Primary Care Groups (PCGs). Leeds had five in all, and I was the Chair of the Leeds West PCG for two years until it evolved into Leeds West Primary Care Trust (PCT). I remained the Chair of the PCT Professional Executive Committee for the whole four years until all five PCTs in Leeds merged into one.
After this period of dabbling in medical politics I was able to turn my full attention to the Practice. In the last decade or so the Practice moved to our present home, grew from just two GPs to what we have now and I undertook a University higher education course to become a GP Trainer and help secure the next generation of GPs.
There is so much more I could reminisce on, but I won’t.
For all my patients, past and present, I hope I did OK.
Dr K Gibbs