GP Martin Hadshar had a full day of appointments last Thursday as patients visited Coldstream Health Centre to wish him well in retirement.
After 34 years as a Coldstream GP, Dr Hadshar has retired and while looking forward to doing more walking, cycling, gardening and improving his golf, he admits he will miss his patients and colleagues.
“It’s a great privilege, and I feel I have been incredibly fortunate to have known such great colleagues and patients,” said Dr Hadshar.
It was after completing his GP training in Cumbria that Dr Hadshar arrived at Coldstream Health Centre.
“There has been a small increase in patient numbers but huge changes in work over that period,” he said.
“A lot of work has shifted from hospitals to primary care, plus there is a lot more that can be done about so many things. People consult more frequently.
“We work more in teams – like GPs, nurses and midwives – than we used to, which I think is progressive.
“IT has come in. When I started, we made paper notes, and there was no internet.
“That has been a massive development and led to a huge increase in work.”
For 10 years, Dr Hadshar combined his GP role with being a trainer in south east Scotland, and over the past four years, he has eased his way into retirement by cutting his working week to three days.