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VALLEY AND MEADOWS

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Chilwell

Nottingham NG9 4ET

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Ranson Road

Chilwell

Nottingham NG9 6DX

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DR CHURCHILL RETIRING



Dr Richard Churchill is retiring from the Practice at the end of March 2020.  If any of his regular patients need to see him to discuss their ongoing clinical care then please make a routine appointment over the next few weeks.  If you would simply like to speak to him informally before he leaves then the Patient Participation Group is hosting a ‘drop-in’ session on Wednesday 25th March between 4pm and 7pm where you can join him for a chat over a cup of tea.


Dr Churchill first came to the Practice for an attachment as a student doctor with Dr Ann Bridgwater as his tutor back in 1988! He then returned as a trainee GP in 1993, since when he has worked almost continuously in the Practice, first based at the Valley Surgery and then setting up Chilwell Meadows Surgery with Dr Susanne Bond in 1996.  In addition to seeing patients, his Practice responsibilities over time have included setting up and supporting the Patient Participation Group, staff management, acting as Senior Partner, and overseeing patient information and information technology.


As well as his work in the Practice Dr Churchill has had a parallel career in the Medical School where, amongst other things,  he was responsible for organising the early clinical course (allowing medical students to get a flavour of seeing patients at the start of their training); teaching and assessing practical skills; and undertaking research in areas such as mental health and adolescent health.  In the course of his work he has sat on a number of national committees, particularly relating to the care of children and young people, and has travelled internationally to teach and give presentations.  He is also currently the Chair of the local Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners.


Dr Churchill admits that, having known so many patients and their families over so many years, through good times and bad, he will really miss being involved in their lives and hearing their stories.  However working as a GP has become increasingly pressurised in recent years, with frequent organisational changes in the NHS, and more and more hoops to jump through in order to provide good patient-centred care.  He has therefore decided that it is time to call it a day and let younger GPs take the reins!


Married, with two children and four grandchildren, he knows that his retirement will not be dull!  He hopes to travel more widely, keep fit by running, and finally learn to play his saxophone properly! He also wants to continue a number of professional activities such as supporting other GPs and trainees, and devoting time to some of his voluntary work with the Association for Young People’s Health and the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.  Although he had hoped to continue some regular clinical work seeing patients within the Practice this has not been possible.


Dr Churchill would like to thank all of his patients who have allowed him to have such an exciting, varied, and stimulating career as a GP and who have frequently been a great source of encouragement despite having problems of their own.  He wishes them well and hopes that the Practice will continue to provide them with the highest possible standard of patient-centred care.



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