GP bids farewell after 27 years

retiring doctor, Dr Sean King with Dr Ashley Dawson who will become the surgery's new partner
retiring doctor, Dr Sean King with Dr Ashley Dawson who will become the surgery's new partner

A popular Buxton GP has retired after almost three decades of looking after local patients.

Dr Sean King retired from Elmwood Medical Centre on March 31, after 27 years there.

He said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve Buxton as a GP for the last 27 years.

“My work would not have been possible without the trust of patients and hard work of the excellent staff and doctors of Elmwood. I am reassured the practice will continue the level of service that recently won it a “Good “ rating from the CQC with the appointment of the young and very able Dr Ashley Dawson as the new partner at Elmwood.

“I am leaving to work as a freelance GP in the NHS while gradually moving to complete retirement and learning to work less and play more.

“Most of all the patients, staff and doctors of Elmwood will always be close to my heart.”

Paying tribute to him, practice manager Lawrie Harding said: “For 27 years at Elmwood he has been the ultimate professional working tirelessly and very long hours for the benefit of our patients. As the senior GP for most of that time he has set very high standards and has helped shape the successful practice that we are today.

“On a personal note I would like to say it has been a privilege working with him for the 15 years that I have been practice manager. He will be missed very much not only by the doctors and staff but also the patients. We all wish him a happy retirement but knowing him as I do I cannot imagine he will be sitting at home taking life easy!”