New Mills doctor retires after 39 years

Community event.
Community event.

A New Mills doctor is hanging up his stethoscope and retiring after 39 years as a GP.

Dr David Williams, joined Hurst Lea House practice, in 1975, after starting his career at Stepping Hill Hospital in obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.

Years later, he was instrumental in initiating a move to new premises at Sett Valley Medical Centre, on Hyde Bank Road.

New Mills Cllr Lance Dowson said: “From the patients’ point of view, he was just a good old fashioned GP and they accepted that if you asked to see him or were booked in to see him they may well have to wait as he was more inclined to be concerned with his patients and their problems than ‘the clock’. He looked after thousands of New Mills and Hayfield residents and in some cases three generations of the same family.”

Two leaving dos have been arranged where past and present patients can wish Dr Williams a happy retirement at the The Royal Hotel, on Market Street, in Hayfield, on Tuesday at 1pm and the New Mills Volunteer Centre on October 14 at 7.30pm.