It’s a running joke in my household that if you can’t find Mum, she’s probably ‘just doing something’ at the practice. I’ve been ‘just doing something’ now for twenty five years.
During my time at Seaton park medical group, change has been a constant. Over the years, we have moved from the nursery park building, moved to using computerised records, changed computer systems (three times in fact), merged with another practice, and coped with severe national staff shortages, so from our perspective, the recent COVID pandemic was just one more thing to plan and respond to.
The one thing that has remained the same, however, has been the strength of the team. Our ability to adapt and innovate as well as to share humour has kept us going throughout the good times and bad, and as I prepare to say goodbye, I go safe in the knowledge that the team will be replenished by new staff members.
My experience at SPMG has not just been shaped and enriched by my colleagues. It has been a privilege to be allowed to care for the lives of a population who have experienced more than their fair share of trials and tribulations. Throughout my time here, I have found my work at points to be both challenging and distressing, but – crucially – never boring. To watch the life of this community thrive is something I feel honoured to have been part of.
The experience of the last few weeks, a time at which new ideas have been embraced like never before, has reinforced my faith that collectively the practice, the patients and the staff will find better ways of looking after their health together.
I have been just doing something for twenty five years, and now I think that ‘something’ is done.
So goodbye to you all, and thank you for sharing this time with me. There’s a chance that you’ll occasionally see me as a locum, but it’s much more likely that you’ll see me at the Park Run in Newbiggin (when it gets going again). The run open to all and is a free, if sweaty, way to live longer. Go on - give it a go.