The retirement of a Bury St Edmunds doctor has brought to a close a medical dynasty in the town spanning five generations.
Dr Peter Kilner has called time on his career as a GP and senior partner at Angel Hill Surgery, where he has been based for 30 years.
It marks the end of a legacy of Kilner doctors in the town, which started with his great- great-grandfather John who arrived in Bury in 1840 as a doctor to the Suffolk Regiment.
Dr Kilner is retiring aged 59 in the wake of reforms to the NHS and to pursue other hobbies.
He said: “I’ve always had a lot of other interests inparticular carpentry and small building projects so I’m looking forward to be able to do those.
“There’s a lot of change in the health service which is good but I find as I get older it’s a little bit difficult to keep up with all the changes. In many ways it’s good there are so many keen young doctors coming through and I’m lucky to be able to retire when I still feel fairly vigorous.”
Dr Kilner, of Little Saxham, trained at Middlesex Hospital, in London, and started his career at West Suffolk Hospital.
He later landed a job at Angel Hill Surgery in 1982 following in the footsteps of his ancestors on a path first laid by his great-great-grandfather.
His great-grandfather Charles and grandfather Goff worked at a practice, in Hatter Street, which moved to Angel Hill in the 1930s.
When Goff died at Newmarket Races aged 40, his brother Taddy took over and retired in 1960.
Dr Kilner’s father John was a GP in Epsom, Surrey.
He remembers: “When I started as a young fresh faced doctor, the older patients were particularly nice to me because they remembered my ancestors.”
Although his daughter Hannah is training to be a GP, he thinks she will work elsewhere.
When asked how he feels to be stepping down, Dr Kilner said: “I will miss my patients and colleagues who have all been great. We’ve always worked very much as a team.
“I want to say a big thank you to them for making my job so enjoyable over the last 30 years. Bury is a lovely place to be a GP.”
Dr Jonathan Masters will become senior partner until he retires in January and will be succeeded by Dr Janet Rutherford.