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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.
The surgery is not the same without u Dr Prasad & you were the best, you have helped me & Jessica over the years & myself and Jessica will never forget you we both thank you so very much for being our doctor, enjoy your retirement xx
Helen jones & Jessica Blackwell
Was the best doctor any one could have but not just a doctor but a special friend aswell. You were like a dad to me dr prasad you will always have a special place in my heart. Miss you so much ❤️Hayley jackson - Dylan, alisha, morgan & Ruby xxxxxx
Always remember the people you helped along the way just walk down holywell high StreetI will bet you someone
Will stop for a chat you have hundreds of friends yours sincerely June Fazakarley
miss my dr so much he was the best ever always had time for you helped me through the bad times miss you dr prasad good luck in all you do
Hello Dr Prasad
You where a fantastic GP. When ever I came to the practice you never rushed and took time and listened with care always asking about Kim and the family. You even introduced your daughter to Kim . You'll be really missed at the practice... Enjoy every minute of your retirement. Take care of yourself.
All our love
Lynne, my mam Audrey, and my daughter Kimberley. Xxx
Thank you, the difference you made to our family's life & health is immeasurable.
You came into this profession wanting to make a difference, you absolutely accomplished above & beyond that for the people of this community. It takes a very special person to achieve what you have done in selflessly dedicating yourself to improving patients lives for so many years, and on the 1st April people marked this by turning out in the hundreds to honour & respect such an extraordinary GP. You'll remain in the hearts & minds of this community throughout your very well deserved retirement. A true gentleman, it's a pleasure to know you. Longworth family
Dr prasad I hope you're having a lovely Retirement X love and miss you everyday thank you for all you've done for me and my family . No one can ever replace you . Lilian X Douglas Bedford ❤️❤️
Best Doctor ever. Miss him so much My Family and I love him
The most lovely Person and Doctor. Treated me and my Family like Friends. Love this Man.
Gaynor, Larry and Family
Good man and GP always had time to listen all the best
A lovely story and so lovely to hear from you again.
Its been a honor to have known you and had you as our family GP whilst raising my children.
Your missed greatly.
Being the caring GP to the end of your working days you recommend a lovely lady GP too to take your place and she is everything you said she would be thank you for the recommendation and more so thank you for your time as our GP .
Enjoy your well earned retirement.
There well always be a place in everyone's heart for our Dr Prasad .
Dr Prasad the most humble, caring person I have ever met. A truly wonderful doctor who always had time for everyone . My daughter is so blessed to have met such an inspirational , genuine , kind man who she will remember forever . Wishing you a wonderful retirement , with our love Sara, Johnny and Bianca xxx
You truly were a family doctor, so thoughtful and caring,
I always remember as I'm sure you do, the smile on my mum's face, always, even through the bad times
You held her hand every visit, and we thank you for you for being such a wonderful Dr for 29 years, I remember the day you came to live in Penyffordd
Enjoy your retirement Dr Prasad, and your walks with your little dog,
You are missed very much
Alec n Susan McMillan
Thank you so much Dr Prasad for the kindness and care you showed to my mother over so many years
It takes a very special person to achieve what you have done in selflessly dedicating your life to improving patients lives for so many years, and on the 1st of April people marked this by turning out in the hundreds to honour & respect a most extraordinary GP. You'll remain in the hearts & minds of this community throughout your very well deserved retirement. A true gentleman, its a pleasure to know you. Longworth family x