Doc­tor re­tires after 33 years

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CHAR­LOTTE GREEN

ADOCTOR is hang­ing up his stetho­scope after more than three decades.

GP Roy Wall­worth is re­tir­ing from the Peel House Med­i­cal Prac­tice in Ac­cring­ton after 33 years, dur­ing which time he has helped many thou­sands of peo­ple.

Dr Wall­worth thanked his pa­tients in a sim­ple but touch­ing mes­sage ahead of his planned de­par­ture from the Par­adise Street prac­tice on Novem­ber 17.

He said: “I would like to wish them good health, and to thank them for trust­ing in me and shar­ing their thoughts and wor­ries with me, and I hope in some way I have been help­ful to them.”

Dr Wall­worth, 59, joined Peel House as a trainee prac­ti­tioner in 1984 and has lived in Ac­cring­ton ever since.

He met his wife Pauline at his first job at Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal where she was work­ing as a nurse, and they now live on Wood­field Av­enue.

He said that although much has changed in the job, the years have flown by

He said: “It doesn’t feel like 33 years but when you think in de­tail of what’s hap­pened in that time­frame, it does, but it seems to have gone in a flash.

“When I started you had to carry your bleeper ev­ery­where, and put money in the phone box or leave money by a pa­tient’s tele­phone if you needed to be con­tacted.

“All the chil­dren when I started are now adults with their own fam­i­lies, and it’s been nice to see that and fol­low their lives.”

Although the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion and NHS has changed ‘mas­sively’ dur­ing his ca­reer, the GP is pos­i­tive for the fu­ture.

The fa­ther-of-two said: “What I have seen is hope­fully a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in things like heart at­tack and un­con­trolled asthma and strokes, so there has been a big im­prove­ment there.

“I think gen­eral prac­tice it­self has be­come a lot more com­plex over the years. But I think we are now be­gin­ning to see the stage where we are en­ter­ing into an in­for­ma­tion age with the use of the in­ter­net.

“What makes me op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture is the resur­gence of gen­eral prac­tice and the im­proved ap­proach to care and de­vel­op­ing that ser­vice when re­sources are scarce. When I first started we had very short fiveminute ap­point­ments and now that’s gone up to 15 min­utes.”

Although he is re­tir­ing from clin­i­cal prac­tice, he will con­tinue to work part­time in an ed­u­ca­tor role sup­port­ing and as­sess­ing doc­tor train­ing, although he says he does hope to take more time for his hobby of cy­cling.

He added: “One of the nicest things a pa­tient said to me is how or­di­nary I am, that is what I strive to do to make it feel like you’re talk­ing to a friend.

“It’s been re­ally pos­i­tive over­all.”

Dr Roy Wall­worth is re­tir­ing from Peel House Med­i­cal Prac­tice in Ac­cring­ton after 33 years

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