Long-serving Ashby doctor Graham Hayes retires from Collum Lane surgery
A doctor has hung up his stethoscope after treating thousands of patients for more than 19 years in Ashby.
Dr Graham Hayes has been a GP at Ashby Clinic since 1993, following a one-year stint at the Kapil practice on Detuyll Street in Scunthorpe.
He previously spent 19 years as a doctor in the Army before making the move to North Lincolnshire.
Dr Hayes, 59, left his Collum Lane surgery, now part of The Birches medical practice, last week.
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And he said he was retiring with plenty of happy memories, although he had detected a change in attitudes towards medicine over the years.
He said: "There are a lot of patients who have been really nice and I have got some good memories of many of the patients.
"The biggest change is when I started doing medicine, it was more about people and talking to people.
"Now, it is more about money, finance and meeting targets."
Dr Hayes said he had also seen plenty of changes at his own practice over the years.
He said: "We had a little prefab building to start with.
"Then, when that got knocked down, we had a Portakabin in the car park while the current building was being built."
Dr Hayes, who was born in Lincoln and educated in Hertfordshire, now lives in Burton-Upon-Stather.
He said he planned to keep busy in his retirement.
He said: "I can now follow some of my hobbies and do a bit more.
"That will mean some more skiing and sailing and spending a lot more time on my motorbike, touring Europe.
"Also, the one thing I haven't had time to do is enjoy my own home and home life and I think that is probably the most important thing.
"I will still do a little bit of work, mainly on the mental health side and I will continue to work at the community alcohol centre for a little while. I would love to say I won't miss work at all but I have had some fantastic staff over the years and some of the patients have been delightful to treat.
"Will I miss the admin, pressures and the fact that it is now more about targets? Absolutely not.
"It will be nice to go home and not think about what I have to do before I go to work tomorrow."