Plaistow GP retires after many years of helping patients

Dr Higgins with Newham Councillor Patricia Holland

Dr Higgins with Newham Councillor Patricia Holland - Credit: Archant

Dr Raymond Higgins is retiring from general practice after 37 years.

After spending so many years treating patients and training new GPs at the Essex Lodge, the 65-year-old is now ready for some family time.

Ray, from Plaistow, said: “I feel I have done everything I wanted to do.

“The last couple of years I have found it tiring to work at the level I want too and I’ve got lots of stuff that I have not been able to do because of the work commitments.

“My children have all been round the world on a gap year and I am still waiting for mine.”

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The course director for Newham’s GP training scheme spoke about his achievements from starting the programme.

“When I first started with Doctor Jones died last year, we had 4 people on the scheme and now we have 42, which is nice to know that many are on their journey to become GPs,” he said.

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“When you have worked that long, there are families I have looked after. You get to be a little part of their life journey as you treat generations of them.”

Ray was thrown an open retirement party for patients and former colleagues to share their thanks with him.

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