A much-loved GP has retired from a Preston surgery after 34 years.
Dr Bipad Das retired from St. Walburge’s Medical Practice surgery on Ashton Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston last Friday and staff at the surgery held a party in his honour the previous day.
Dr Das, 70, came over to England from Indai on January 1, 1972 and began his GP training at a medical practice in Skelmersdale.
He became a partner at that surgery for two years before moving over to the Preston surgery on September 1, 1978.
Dr Das said: “I have enjoyed every moment of working in Preston and I have no regrets about coming over here to work at St Walburge’s.
“Some of the patients at my surgery bring their children and their grandchildren to me meaning I have sometimes treated four generations of the same family which has been lovely.”
Retirement for the doctor will not be simply pottering about in the garden or kicking back with a book. For the married father-of-one it will mean seeing a bit more of the world.
Following a long holiday back to his home country of India, the doctor will spend an extended holiday on a cruise around Antarctica with his wife of 43 years.
He said: “The time has come for me to retire and slow down but I do intend to continue to go to the gym and keep fit and see more of the world with a few long holidays.
“I have visited many countries but it is time to see a few more.”
Karen Baron, practice manager of St Walburge’s Medical Practice said: “We invited GPs, patients and all sorts of people who have worked with Dr. Das over the past 34 years.
“He seemed a little overwhelmed as he had no idea how many people would turn up.
“We’re all very sad to see him leave the practice as some of us have worked with him here for over 20 years but, of course, we wish him well in his retirement.”
Karen said: “Dr Das is very patient-orientated and is a well-loved member of the community.
“He has had lots of cards from many people and some of our patients have been in tears as they were so sad to see him go.”