Plaistow GP retires after many years of helping patients
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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.