Trish Takes Five: GP husband retires from Moulton on Brexit Day
Friday 29 March 2019. A date etched on all our minds. For the last two years it has indicated Brexit Day but, after protracted debates, amendments and meaningful votes, that's now been pushed back for a few more weeks at least.
Those of you who had planned celebrations or wakes for that date might be pleased to know there will be a departure on March 29 after all. My husband, Dougie, is retiring from General Practice.
We had a referendum within the family a few years ago and the vote to leave was unanimous. Dougie, therefore, invoked Article 55 to trigger his withdrawal from Moulton Medical Centre on the week of his 55th birthday.
We've called it Dougxit and unlike Brexit, there's been no extension to the date, so he'll be leaving this week as planned, in an orderly fashion.
Be assured that Dougxit means Dougxit. He has worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to ensure a seamless transition and is looking forward to a future which doesn't involve unnecessary bureaucracy and early morning proctoscopies.
Once out, Dougie will be able to tackle all those jobs which have been neglected at home whilst negotiations have been taking place. He will be taking back control of his borders. Quite frankly, the shrubs in our garden have become a little unruly and require some serious pruning. He'll be a stay-at-home tree surgeon, performing minor surgery on overhanging branches.
His career as a doctor in South Lincolnshire includes four years at Pilgrim Hospital but 27 as a GP in Moulton. General Practice is a stressful, demanding job but Dougie has enjoyed being part of the community, doing his best for his patients. He has looked after them, seen babies grow up to be adults, supported people through ill health and bereavement.
He is proud that one thing has remained constant at Moulton Medical Centre: an open access morning surgery. Patients have always been able to turn up and be seen by a doctor without booking an appointment. That freedom will continue after he has left.
There are so many benefits to this Dougxit. We hope to continue to travel freely, experiencing the hospitality from our European neighbours. We want to have more visits to Scotland, exploring the country of Dougie's birth. But more than anything we just want to spend time with each other because we're better together.
I'm not sure you can put all that on the side of a bus.
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