Rectory Road GP hangs up stethoscope after 26 yearsBy Lucy Allen
March 01, 2013
A GP who has been treating patients at the same doctors’ surgery for 26 years is retiring this week.
Dr Jane Doran will hang up her stethoscope at Rectory Road surgery on Friday.
She joined the practice in 1987 as the first female in the nine-strong team of doctors.
In a retirement message to her patients, Dr Doran said: “Building up a personal list from scratch meant patients had no preconceived expectations of this new doctor.
“I am proud to be able to say there are a large number of these ‘originals’ still in Wokingham and still on my list, many of whom I now regard as friends.
“It has been a privilege to walk alongside people in difficult times in their lives.
“I will take with me many lasting memories, both happy and sad, to remind me of my years in Wokingham.”
In a tongue-in-cheek aside, perhaps aimed at her propensity to keep patients waiting past their appointment time, she added: “I have always tried to give patients the time they need, even though this has meant that many have often had a long wait to see me.
“I thank you for your patience. I regard time as my servant not my master.”
Dr Doran will celebrate her retirement at a lunch party with her colleagues on her last day.
Colleague Dr Clive Edwards, based at the practice’s Tudor House Surgery in Broad Street, said: “Jane has been a great asset to the practice and the local community over 26 years.
“She was very popular, dedicated and worked very hard for her patients.
“She will be greatly missed and we all wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.”
Doctors at the practice have bought her a bird bath for her garden and other colleagues also have gifts up their sleeves.
Dr Doran’s patients will be split between Dr Debbie Stackwood, who is increasing her hours, and another doctor who has previously worked at the surgery as a locum.