To all my patients,
I am writing this letter to tell you that I shall be retiring from my role as a GP here at Mount Pleasant Health Centre at the end of March. My colleagues have plans in place and please be assured that I consider my successor, Dr Yan Shafafi, to be an excellent doctor who will be able, more than adequately, to step into my shoes! Many of you will have already met him; he has spent over a year with us to date including time as a GP Registrar to complete his GP training.
I have been a GP Partner at Mount Pleasant Health Centre for over 29 years and have enjoyed it tremendously. Being a GP is both a significant responsibility and also a wonderful opportunity; I consider myself especially fortunate in having been part of such a great team with fantastic and supportive colleagues.
Although I shall be retiring from Mount Pleasant, I won’t be giving up clinical practice completely and have got a new post as a part-time GP on one of the Orkney islands, working there for 12 weeks a year but still living in Exeter for the rest of the time. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and challenge; there are only about 500 people on the island so it should prove to be less intense and busy than my current role!
I wish you all the very best for the future; it has been a privilege to get to know so many of you so well over the last 29 years.
With many thanks and best wishes
Dr Chris Thorne