A DOCTOR at a Henley surgery is to retire after 25 years.
Dr Elizabeth Collett, 59, who joined Bell Surgery in York Road in 1989, will leave in March. She worked in London for 12 years before moving to Russell’s Water and taking up the post in Henley.
Dr Collett said: “I will miss my colleagues and the wonderful camaraderie of our team and I will truly miss the patients. I have loved my career in general practice and know of no one who has enjoyed their working life as much as I have. I always said I would stop at 60, which is the standard retirement age for GPs, and I’m looking forward to the new phase of my life and the chance to do things I haven’t been able to up until now.”
Dr Collett, who lives with her husband Richard, a retired security technician, and has two children, is a keen guitar player and plans to play more.
She said: “I’ve played guitar since I was 13 so I’m looking forward to doing some more of that. I’ve joined Sam Brown’s ukulele band and have had my first rehearsal. I also want to play more golf as I’m a member of Huntercombe Golf Club.”
Dr Collett graduated from the London Hospital Medical College, now part of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1977. She worked at hospitals in High Wycombe and Paddington before taking up a GP training course at Lisson Grove Health Centre in London. After qualifying, she stayed at Lisson Grove for another seven years.
Dr Collett, who grew up near Marlow, said: “We decided we wanted to move away from London when the children were small and wanted to find a practice that Richard could still commute from. We were very lucky to have found it here, it was perfect.
“It was very nice to return to the area. I treated my old headmistress and friends of my mother who I’ve known all my life. Having been here 25 years, a lot of the people who I’ve looked after have been with me since they were born right through to having their own children. There are one or two families where I look after four generations.”
Dr Collett’s children have followed her into the medical profession. Daughter Daisy, 28, is a trainee pharmacy technician at Boots in Wallingford, and son Henry, 27, is training to be a doctor in London.
Dr Collett said: “Henry will qualify at about the same time that I retire and is training at the same place that I did, so that has a nice symmetry to it.”
She will be succeeded by Dr Tamara Cunningham, who will join the surgery in June. Dr Cunningham is an experienced GP and currently works at the Goring and Woodcote surgery.
In April and May, Dr Anne Marie Mullin will be covering Dr Collett’s patients.