IT is almost 35 years since Liz Waddy first stepped through the doors of the Bridge Surgery to begin her career as a GP.
And now, after a tenure lasting almost all of that time, she is preparing to step down from the role and begin her retirement.
The 59-year-old will hang up her stethoscope on Christmas Eve, and will start the new year as a lady of leisure.
“This was the practice I trained at in 1979, and I came back as a partner in 1982.
“They asked me to come back.
“I’ve worked with a great team of people in the surgery and I also have some lovely patients. I will leave with a lot of great memories.
“I still enjoy my job. Given the chance I would definitely do it again,” she said.
Dr Waddy was always destined for a life in medicine. Growing up in Preston, Lancashire, her father was a GP, and she said that his career was the driving force behind her interest in the role.
Her children have also gone into the role, she said.
Things have changed a lot since Dr Waddy started at the surgery as a trainee.
When she saw her first patient, all prescriptions were written out by hand, and there were no computers in the office.
Now, the St Peter’s Street surgery is almost completely paperless., she told the Mail.
The doctor said she chose to retire now so she and her husband would be able to spend more time visiting family in Norfolk.
She also plans to continue in other roles she has with St Giles Hospice, in Whittington, and with East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which organsises services for GP surgeries in the area.
She told the Mail she has ‘mixed feelings’ about leaving, adding: “I’ve done the job for a long time, and I will be sad to leave everybody.
“It’s been a very enjoyable time in my life.
“Nobody in the surgery is indispensible, but I would like to feel I have left my mark there.”