Deciding to wind down
Dr L is a specialist in his
late 60s. He has worked in the same area for the last 30 years and he had been
actively involved in his local community. About 6 months ago, he received a
phone call from a GP colleague who often referred patients to him, and who he
had known for a long time. His colleague told him that a number of patients had
expressed some concerns about him, and suggested he see his GP.
Dr L eventually
went to see his GP who referred him to a geriatrician. Dr L saw the
geriatrician who was direct with him about his physical health, and especially
its impact on his ability to work, confirming a suspicion that Dr L had had
since the initial phone call from his colleague.
Dr L decided that it was time
to retire from practice and to leave on a high note. There was an opportunity
to increase his local community work, which he really enjoyed. With his long
term receptionist, he worked out a plan for closing up his practice, and because
he was held in such high regard his GP colleague arranged a farewell from
practice party for him which was attended by many friends and colleagues.