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Dr Prasad is a newly retired GP from north Wales
I came to the UK at the end of 1977, having initially qualified in India. I worked in various hospitals for five years but hit a bottleneck with my career. After speaking to friends and consultants, they said my main attribute was being a ‘people person’ and suggested I train as a GP. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and whilst I struggled initially to get a role, it was the best career move I ever made.
What I’ve enjoyed the most about general practice is the continuity of care and getting to know families. I’ve treated babies, and then gone on to treat their babies. You get to know your patients, earning their trust and respect. I’ve always believed that if you do your best, people appreciate it.
I worked in Holywell practice for 29 years, and have been a qualified doctor for 42 years. To those considering entering the profession, I’d say it’s the best profession in the world. It’s a vocation and not just a job. General practice has changed over the years. When I started in 1988, there was no appointment system and no 10-minute appointment. General practice runs more like a business today but you can still strive to do your best by people.
My message to fellow GPs would be to remember why you went to medical school. I am no better than any other doctor, but I always tried to give patients my time and treat them as human beings and not as numbers. I strongly feel that humanity needs to be brought back into medicine and we need to move away from chasing targets and ticking boxes. Like any other professional, I have made many mistakes but have learnt from them, apologised profusely and tried my best not to repeat the same mistakes!
Friday 31st of March 2017 was one of the saddest days of my life, as it was the last day working at my beloved GP practice in Holywell! After a career spanning 42 years, I am now fully retired from general practice. My retirement do was held at St Peter’s Church Hall the following day, on 1st April 2017. This was the most overwhelming and humbling day of my life.
To my surprise, over 500 of my patients, young and old, queued patiently for hours in the pleasant spring sunshine to wish me well. They greeted me at the doorstep of the hall and I couldn’t hold back the tears as I said my goodbyes. Many of my patients were crying too.
The outpouring of kindness and affection shown by my patients upon my retirement did not happen overnight. This was the result of 29 years of doing your best for your patients and always keeping your patients’ best interests as your top priority, despite all the pressures we as GPs face.
If I could turn the clock back and do it all over again, I would. It’s been a wonderful journey. I didn’t leave my job because I’d had enough but because the time was right for me. Now, I’m enjoying my retirement. I’m doing lots of reading, walking my little dog, and working as a volunteer reading at a local primary school. I have kept in touch with some of my patients but miss the patients and staff at my practice on a daily basis.
Whilst 1st April is April fool’s day, it will always remain indelible in my heart and in my life.
Such a lovely story to read and made me very emotional .
Absolutely the best and kindest gp I have ever known or heard of
Enjoy your retirement
The Gibson family xx
What a lovely story. Written from the heart. It's an honour and a privilege to call you my friend xxx
You were an outstanding GP who had time for everyone, you left a big hole in the Practice when you retired. we all miss you and wish you well from Anona Jones and the Wiltshire Family. I hope that you are enjoying your Retirement but please keep yourself busy with hobbies and the like. Respect to you Sir, John Wiltshire
A lovely story. My family and I loved having you as our GP. Enjoy your retirement. The Davies family xx
Hello Dr Prasad,
You were a fantastic Dr to my Family, You helped me when I was at my lowest, you were there for me when our son Simeon
was having problems in school. I would like to Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all your care and time over the years.
if we hadn't of moved to Denbigh I'm sure you would have been our Dr to the end. Simeon is now Married and has two children of his own,
a little girl named Katalina who is 3 and a boy named Leonell who is 2. If you are in the Denbigh area anytime please feel free to call on us
you will be more than welcome. my email id [email protected] Happy retirement
A wonderful Doctor who treated my mother over many years as a patient and a friend. Wishing you all the happiness in your retirement.
I feel privileged to have met Dr Prasad. A true gent and professional. I wish he'd have been our family GP for a lot longer but I'm so truly grateful for the care that was given to us. Wonderful man, fabulous read.
Love from the Pope family xxx
Although he was not my doctor, I have heard such wonderful reports from his former patients. I worked at a neighbouring practice for many years and all the doctors I worked with took a real interest in their patients. Sadly, perhaps due to work overload, this is not the case today.
Wishing Dr. Prasad a long and happy retirement.
H. I. Rogers. Holywell.
Absolute amazing doctor who was with me from the start! I've just turned 29 and dr prasad has helped a lot with my epilepsy and psoriasis! Nothing was ever too much for him! I had to stay in hospital for 6 weeks every year for treatment and he would come to visit me with flowers and teddies every year! He even brought his children to meet me!
He weren't just a doctor he was everyone's friend
Enjoy your retirement dr prasad, you deserve it!
Stacy Hughes, 29
My mother was nearing the end of her life at the time you retired, she was so sad she couldn't be one of the 500 people wishing you well. You were her trusted ally, her confident and yes, she thought of you as her friend. Thank you for the time and the caring you gave her, it meant so much to her, and us, her family
Aww this is lovely I was a baby when you became my doctor and you were my little girls doctor before you retired. Forever thankful to you for being an amazing doctor, we all miss you xxxx love Helen Cawley ( Berry)
Such a lovely story about a lovely dr that was there for everyone ,you were a friend as well as a dr ,you are missed the surgery is not the same without you ,best wishes on your retirement X
Hope you have a long, happy and healthy retirement, you deserve it, happy memories of you coming to see your patients at the Cottage when I worked there . Best wishes Owena xx
What can you say about a doctor who saved your life, amazing and thank you will never be enough, but know this, I am and will be forever grateful to Dr Prasad.
Without the quick thinking and expertise of Dr Prasad I would not be here today. 27 years ago at 8 years old I became ill with flu like symptoms, developed a rash and eventually fell into a coma, but thanks to Dr Prasad who recognises the symptoms of Meningococcal meningitis, at a time when not many people had even heard of the illness, and his quick reaction administering the correct drungs needed, I managed to make a full recovery. Without his help things could have been very different for me, loss of limbs or life, it doesn't bear thinking of.
So on your retirement I'd like to say Thank You, and I hope you have a wonderful time with your family, as I've been able to with mine thanks to you.
Ricky Speakman and family x
A lovely caring man we will miss you