Dr Bettina Briggs bids fond farewell to staff and patients after 20 years

GP Dr Bettina Briggs, right, is retiring from the Galletly Practice in Bourne. She will be replaced by Dr Rebecca Mitchell, left
GP Dr Bettina Briggs, right, is retiring from the Galletly Practice in Bourne. She will be replaced by Dr Rebecca Mitchell, left
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A doctor who has served thousands of patients in Bourne for more than 20 years hung up her stethoscope for the last time.

Dr Bettina Briggs, 55, retired from the Galletly Practice on North Road, Bourne, after working as a GP for 21 years, 18 as a partner.

Dr Briggs said: “I shall miss the terrific staff and the doctors who have all become a family over many years of close working and I shall very much miss all the patients when I retire.

“It has been a pleasure to work here and to be part of the community and their lives. I have seen families change and helped thousands of people over the years.

“It has been a privilege to work in such an excellent practice with such lovely patients, if I had my time again I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Dr Briggs said she has seen many changes during her time in the town. When she arrived at the practice in 1995 after three years at the Hereward Practice, there was just a handful of backroom staff and one nurse.

Now there are almost 50 people at the surgery which also works closely with many others including district nurses, midwives and health visitors.

When Dr Briggs arrived at the practice worked in the old health centre, sharing premises with the Hereward Practice before moving to its the current site in 1996.

This was Dr Galletly’s old surgery and his house is now used by the office staff and a modern clinical area on the back was further enlarged in 2010.

Dr Rebecca Mitchell from Stamford, who has been at the practice since September, is going to take over Dr Briggs’s caseload.

Dr Briggs said: “I have no hesitation in recommending Dr Mitchell who is a very bright and caring doctor.”

Dr Briggs will continue to live in Bourne and said she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Andy, who has already been retired for four years.

She is also looking forward to spending more time with family.

As a leaving gift the GPs at the practice gave Dr Briggs a retirement present of a folding bicycle to because she enjoys cycling and exploring the countryside.