More than 200 patients and colleagues turned up to wish Dr Suzanne Wheble a happy retirement after 24 years as a GP at surgeries in Hopton and Stanton.
Dr Wheble graduated from Kings College, London, and, after doing her GP training, worked in Cheshire before moving to Suffolk.
She joined the practice, based at The Chase, Stanton, in 1988 and in her time the number of patients on its books has risen by more than 50 per cent.
A practice spokesman said: “Dr Wheble’s sympathetic ear and thorough approach to helping people will be recognised by her patients, and many will be sad to see her retire.”
A retirement presentation, with gifts from patients and staff, was held in Stanton Village Hall last week but she officially retired on Tuesday night, the date of her her 36th wedding anniversary.