Tuesday, 28 September 2021

GP resigns after illness

A HENLEY GP has been forced to quit more than a year after contracting viral meningitis.

A HENLEY GP has been forced to quit more than a year after contracting viral meningitis.

Dr Henry Fay, a partner in the Bell Surgery in York Road, had been on sick leave since August 2014.

Dr Fay, who lives in Goring and joined the surgery in December 2010, explained his departure in a letter to patients.

He said: “It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that I will be leaving the Bell Surgery.

“Many of you will be aware that I have been on sick leave since August 2014 after developing viral meningitis.

“Unfortunately, my recovery from this has been hampered firstly by a complication affecting my spinal cord and more recently by a condition affecting my heart.

“Though neither of these conditions is life-threatening, I remain quite limited in terms of mobility and general wellbeing.

“In recent weeks, through advice from the consultants caring for me, it has become clear that I will not recover quickly enough to remain a partner at the Bell Surgery.

“I am deeply grateful to all of you who have passed on messages of support and encouragement.

“I realise that the uncertainty around how long I would be off work has affected many of you individually and I know the rest of the practice team have appreciated the patience and understanding shown by my patients.”

The surgery’s partners have appointed a full-time replacement in Dr Waise Haider, who will be in post for a minimum of six months while plans for a permanent successor are finalised.

Dr Fay said: “It has been a great privilege to get to know many of you over the last four years and to be involved in your care. Despite the sometimes negative media coverage of general practice in recent times, I have absolutely loved my time at the Bell and will be extremely sad to leave.”

Dr Fay joined the surgery after working for the Goring and Woodcote GP practice for two years. Before that he was based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

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