Dr Sarah Woropay retired from the practice on 10th July 2017, please read the open letter to patients below.
I would like to send my warmest thanks to all those who were kind enough to ask after me, or write, during the last year, while I have been on sick leave. It was a great support at a difficult time.
It has been a great privilege, and pleasure, to be a GP in the area over the past 30 years and more.
I started in practice at Cannon Hill Lane with the late Dr Bob Fisher as my trainer in 1983, becoming a partner there in 1987.Over the years many of you have been to consult and I have had the pleasure of getting to know many people and their families.
That shared experience has contributed very much to the satisfaction of being a GP. It has also helped me learn as a doctor as well, and I have tried to maintain a quality which might be best illustrated by my overhearing a patient calling me “her” doctor. I have always tried to do my best and act faithfully for my patients. Many of you have been kind enough to let me know when that has gone well. Thank you for all your feedback over the years.
Over time I have been interested in education and training, and been a GP Trainer. Many of you will have seen students in the practice, or my GP registrars, some of whom are now established GPs locally. My medical interests at the start of my career were more centred on children, women and mental health. As I have got older, that focus changed to include older, frail elderly as well! Last year, I was very pleased to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of GPs. I am thankful to have had a good career as a GP here, with you all, and all my colleagues at the practice.
The NHS and the world has changed around us, and General Practice has changed with it, most noticeably with the merger of The Cannon Hill Lane Medical Practice with the Church Lane Surgery and the move to the splendid Nelson Health Centre in 2015.
Now more change: I shall be retiring from the Nelson Medical Practice on the 10th July 2017 and am looking forward to gardening and dog walking!
What I hope and know you will continue to find at the Nelson, is an emphasis on accessibility and personal, tailored care for you and your families, of a very high quality.
My very best wishes to you all and your families in the future.
With my kindest regards,
Sarah J Woropay