Doctor who once rode to work on a tractor retires!
A VILLAGE doctor has retired after serving a community for 32 years.
Doctor Graham Hurst ran the Hartington surgery with his wife Gill, who was a partner in the surgery and was also an advanced nurse practitioner. Mrs Hurst retired as a partner in August.
The surgery covers many rural villages within the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Doctor Hurst said: “Sadly I will be retiring. Having arrived in 1986, Gill and I have spent nearly 65 years between us at Hartington, so it is now time for us to move on.
“There are so many memories from more than half of my life being here; so many people that I have known from birth (literally), people who equally have known no-one else as their family doctor.
“Memories such as being part of the joy of a baby being born, to sitting through the night with a family as their loved one passed away.
“Such as Gill and I getting taken to the surgery in the back of a tractor (along with the sheepdog) when all the roads were blocked with snow and my 4x4 was stuck in a snowdrift”
Doctor Hurst said that General Practice, and life, had moved on immeasurably since he started in 1986.
He said: “When I was on duty it was 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for more than 20 years.
“We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the years, developing the surgery from an old Portakabin in Church Street to the modern premises of today, with an “Outstanding” CQC rating for its services.
“None of this could have been achieved without the tremendous support from colleagues, practice staff, the patients’ group, and above all, the patients, who deserve the very best care.
“This is not an ending but a new beginning – for Gill and I to have more time together, and to spend more time with our children, grandchildren, and elderly parents.
“And for the patients? Our sole priority was to ensure that the surgery would be left in excellent hands, to continue the personal care that is unique to Hartington Surgery. I have no doubt that.
“Dr Dawson and his team will continue to develop services, and patients will continue to receive the care that they need. I will genuinely miss everyone.”
Mrs Hurst said: “It has been a privilege to have been welcomed into the lives of so many people and their families; watching babies and children grow and sharing both happy and sad times together over the years. “These are truly special memories that I will treasure forever, so ‘thank you’ to so many of you for giving me the opportunity to do so.”
Pictured are Dr Graham and Gillian Hurst.