Retired doctors still have a lot to offer society

I retired from full-time practice in order to have time to pursue other interests. It was a difficult decision because my practice consisted, to a major extent, of ongoing management of chronic disabling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

I had built up a close relationship with a lot of patients extending over many years. It was difficult to farewell them, and I had much difficulty in finding other consultants in a position to take over the care of each patient.    But it was rewarding that, almost without exception, each patient expressed their gratitude for my care over the years and wished me well for the future.

I was still fully competent to practise when I retired and have never undertaken clinical management of anybody, including family members, since retiring. 

From time to time, I may write a repeat prescription for medication prescribed for myself and my wife by our GP or specialist.