11:33am Thursday 31st October 2013
By Emma Rigby
PATIENTS have said a fond farewell to a much-loved doctor after he hung up his stethoscope after more than 36 years of service.
Dr Rob Chapman has played a crucial part in keeping Barnton’s young and old fit and health ever since he began practicing at Oakwood Medical Centre.
The 64-year-old, who lives in Weaverham with his wife Moira, treated his final patient on October 31.
Friends, colleagues and patients wished Dr Chapman a happy retirement last week, when he was presented with cards, gifts and donations for St Luke’s Hospice.
He grew up in north Manchester before going on to study medicine in Sheffield, having known he wanted to be a GP since he was just 14-years-old.
Dr Chapman said: “I feel I have done really well for some patients and they have all been really appreciative. I’ve always had a good relationship with my patients and I feel I have done well with them – that’s what medicine is all about.
“It has been a brilliant 36 years and really fulfilling and I know I will miss it but I think the time is right, all of the local doctors of my age have retired and so has everyone I studied with.
“I’m going to miss it but I’m still going to be a patient here so I can pop in every so often and catch up on the gossip.”
Dr Chapman’s patients will now be treated by existing doctors, who plan to extend their own clinics to offer more continuity.
“I think I’m leaving the patients in really good hands with the partners, management team and the staff,” added Dr Chapman.
Colleague Dr Richard Singleton said described Dr Chapman as ‘kind’ and ‘supportive’.
He added: “He has always been a shoulder to cry on and he has always been there when I have needed him.”
The father-of-four now plans to spend a week in Madeira before making plans to do some ‘serious’ travelling with Moira in the coming years.
Dr Chapman, a regular at Sandiway Golf Club, plans to split his retirement between playing golf, watching his beloved Manchester United and volunteering with the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill.
Pass on your best wishes to Dr Chapman in his retirement below.
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