Doc­tor who once rode to work on a trac­tor re­tires!

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Leslie Jack­son leslie.jack­[email protected]­

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.

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