GP retires after 27 years at surgery

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AN ILKESTON GP is hanging up his stethoscope after 27 years in the town.

Dr Stephen Miller,55, has worked at the Ilkeston Health Centre for over quarter of a century.

He said: “I will be sorry to leave and will miss both patients and colleagues.

“It’s been great to work with such a dedicated team of people over the years and to practise medicine in a town like Ilkeston, which has a strong identity and community spirit.

“One gets to know patients and their families very well over 27 years. Many are now friends as well as patients.

“Some I’ve known since they were born, and we’ve shared together in the joys and sorrows of life that inevitably come along.”

Dr Miller plans to continue doing hospice work and will be doing further training and study in palliative care and tropical medicine.

He and his wife Heather visited Tanzania in 2010 to help with a programme introducing hospice medicine and encouraging newly-formed teams of health care professionals and volunteers. The couple plan to make further trips in the future.

Darren Bailey, from the surgery’s patient participation group, said: “It will be sad to see him go, I remember him joining the practice when I was a youngster and he has always been very friendly, compassionate and he always had time to listen.”

The surgery is inviting patients to an open afternoon to wish Dr Miller well on Wednesday May 2 between 2pm and 4pm.