It is with real sadness that Fownhope Medical Centre is announcing the retirement of Dr Alison Wood in September. Dr Wood has been with the practice since 1995. As we hear time and again from her patients, she is greatly loved for her warmth, compassion and sense of commitment to her community. Many of you will have been helped by her over the last quarter of a century – in fact during her time here she has seen babies she’s looked after grow up to become members of staff at the practice! While the period of her tenure has seen many changes in the way the surgery runs, Dr Wood’s desire to serve her patients and improve the lives of those she looks after has remained an absolute constant.
All of us who work with her will miss her enormously and plan to spend the time between now and her retirement enjoying her company and revelling in her sense of humour. We know that many of you in the community will also want to wish her well in her retirement, so we will be compiling a book of memories for her from the community and would welcome any contributions of stories and happy anecdotes that you would like to share. Contributions can be emailed to the attention of the Practice Manager, Su Suehr, at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to the surgery.
While it will be impossible to replace Dr Wood, the surgery is looking to fill her departure with the appointment of a new GP. Once we have news of the appointment, we will share it on the practice website and through the local bulletins.