The Practice regrets to announce that Dr Susan Smith will be leaving the practice in June, she writes,
‘I have worked fulltime at Norwich Road Surgery for over 30 years, since finishing my GP training. I joined when the practice was in Sherrington Road, moving into the Norwich Road building a year later.
I have been proud to support a practice that is highly organised with good systems and achievement. The emphasis has always been on good quality care for all patients. Our efforts culminated in an ‘excellent’ score at our last CQC inspection for supporting vulnerable groups. Working with our amazing patient participation group has been a highlight too.
The practice has always been a training practice and I have enjoyed helping many nurses, nurse practitioners, students, trainee doctors and others to develop to their full potential. This includes my two current partners Dr Suchita Ande and Dr Jordan Nye.
I could not have achieved all this alone, and have been fortunate to work with so many brilliant, committed and hardworking staff (past and present) who have shared my vision and my passion. I shall truly miss the cups of tea, office banter, social events, true friendship and many kind words - including recently.
I will also be heartbroken to leave my patients and families (again past and present). I shall remember with such fondness many events happy and sad (at both ends of life’s spectrum). It has been a joy for me to work for such a variety of people, each with their own story to tell. I have learned so much from you all. I shall also miss the humour and the hugs (when they were allowed!)
Things have not always run smoothly for us as a smaller practice and we entered the merger preparations to give the practice resilience and the advantages of a larger organisation. I have continued to work tirelessly for this. Unfortunately, I have not been able to achieve what I personally had hoped for and no longer feel I can be part of this. I wish the merged practice future success.
I had planned to contribute for longer - at my 30th year celebration last summer I was looking forward to 40 years! However, this will no longer be possible. I shall need time to consider what to do next and I leave with a very heavy heart indeed - for me Norwich Road will be a hard act to follow.
If you have any messages for Dr Smith please send them to Amanda Spalding C/o The Surgery, 199 Norwich Road, Ipswich, IP1 4BX or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be a drop-in tea party at this address on 26th June from 12:00 for well-wishers to attend.