A Bury St Edmunds doctor, who is retiring on health grounds following an injury she sustained last year, says ‘leaving will be a real wrench’.
Susan Brown has worked for Mount Farm Surgery for almost 30 years and is the only doctor to have worked at its former premises in Looms Lane, as well as its newer premises on Moreton Hall.
The 55-year-old, who will remain a partner at the surgery until May but will not be returning to work before then, says she is sure that taking early retirement is the right decision for her.
It follows a severe shoulder injury she received last May, after a cycling accident which saw her helicoptered from Arran to the Scottish mainland on the first day of her holiday.
She said: “I was going very fast down a hill and skidded on a slippery road so I hit the ground with a huge wallop.
“My shoulder was really messed up – I’ve had three operations since.”
Damaged nerves in her arm have left her with ‘very limited use’ of her hand and she has realised it is going to take ‘a long time’ to recover.
But she is going to miss her patients, some of whom she has known more than half her life.
She said: “Apart from the Government reorganising things every three years, which is a huge amount of work for everyone, the actual work with the patients has been so rewarding.”
A mother-of-four, she plans to devote more time as governor of St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Bury, to visiting family and friends, improving her bridge playing and keeping fit through running and swimming.
Her colleague, senior partner Dr Claire Giles, said: “I’ve worked with her for more than 20 years now and we’ve been a great team together – I’m going to miss her hugely.”