A GP who has served Grantham patients for more than 20 years is retiring today (Friday), and has been overwhelmed by the response from well-wishers.
Doctor Dee Gallop, 60, has worked at Swingbridge Surgery since 1991, and said: “I have loved it here.
“It has been a brilliant job and I have been privileged to work with a fantastic team and great patients.
“I couldn’t imagine having a job I would have loved more,” she added through tears.
Dr Gallop has been inundated with cards and presents, as well as receiving lots of kind messages in a special book that has been left in reception for visitors to say their goodbyes.
“They have written such lovely things it has been overwhelming,” said Dr Gallop.
Receptionist Rachel Pattison said: “Dee’s been here for such a long time so all this is warranted. And it has been so emotional – I have never seen so many tears.”
Dr Gallop trained in Birmingham and after qualifying in 1976 worked in Suffolk before settling at the Grantham surgery.
Asked how she plans to spend her retirement Dr Gallop said: “I am going to walk in Derbyshire’s Peak District and paint watercolours and cook imaginative meals for my husband.”
However it is clear that she will continue to have strong ties to Swingbridge Surgery, as she added: “Being a GP you don’t just get to know a patient you get to know the whole family.”