A DOCTOR is looking forward to exploring the world after retiring.
Dr Gail Glynn, 58, from Barnack, saw her last patient at St Mary’s Medical Centre in Stamford today (Friday).
She started working as a GP at the practice on January 1, 1991, and has mixed feelings about finishing work.
Dr Glynn said: “I am looking forward to my retirement but really sad to be leaving everyone behind, from the patients to the staff and my fellow doctors.
“Stamford has been a wonderful place to work and the patients have been fantastic. It’s a very mixed town so you get a lot of varied problems and a huge amount of interesting people.
“It is quite a settled community so you get to know the families over the years.”
Dr Glynn has seen a lot of changes in her years at the practice, some positive and some negative.
She said: “The thing I have noticed most is the paperwork going up, particularly since the Quality and Outcomes Framework targets came in.
“Day-to-day work hasn’t changed. You are still one to one with your patient and I have always tried to do my best for whoever is sat there in front of me.
“There have been developments in treatment for a lot of conditions, particularly type two diabetes. And a lot of preventative medicine is working because we see far fewer people having heart attacks and acute asthma than we did 20 years ago.”
Dr Glynn is a keen walker and plans to explore the world now she has retired. She and her husband are planning to holiday in the French Alps shortly and hope to travel to Patagonia and Butan for walking trips in the near future.
Dr Glynn said: “We are great walkers. You get a real flavour of the countryside and how people live that way.”
The practice has tried to tell as many of Dr Glynn’s patients as possible of her retirement, but she apologised to those she had not been able to tell in person.