Last calls for Spalding GP after 28 years at surgery

Retiring GP Dr Charles Lennon outside Munro Medical Centre, Spalding, with Dr Jeanette Clayton, Mary Barnes, Angie Coddington and practice manager Debbie Herd.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Retiring GP Dr Charles Lennon outside Munro Medical Centre, Spalding, with Dr Jeanette Clayton, Mary Barnes, Angie Coddington and practice manager Debbie Herd. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The days of writing prescriptions, taking temperatures and testing pulses are rapidly drawing to a close for a retiring Spalding GP.

Dr Charles Lennon (59), senior partner at Munro Medical Centre, is hanging up his stethoscope and white coat after a 33-year career in helping patients back to health.

You realise that there’s going to come a point where you’re not going to be so healthy and so you don’t want to continue working

Dr Charles Lennon, retiring senior partner at Munro Medical Centre, Spalding

Medical colleagues, friends and staff at the medical centre in West Elloe Avenue, Spalding, gave Dr Lennon their best wishes after 28 years at the practice, the last ten as senior partner.

Dr Lennon, whose last day as a GP will be October 31 before he turns 60 next month, said: “It’s just been a process of realising that you can’t go on forever and when David Bowie died in January, it made me think that you don’t live forever.

“I enjoy working and I’ll miss being a GP a lot because a lot of the people I see are people I regard as friends.

“But you realise that there’s going to come a point where you’re not going to be so healthy and so you don’t want to continue working.”

Dr Lennon, who has three children and is due to become a grandfather in January, was at Munro Medical Centre for its official opening by former Conservative Health Secretary Kenneth Clarke in May 1997.

Currently, it has a patient list approaching 25,000 people and Dr Lennon said: “The centre is completely fit for purpose, with a big nursing team and our practice manager Debra Heard who is the one person who has been here longer than me.”