CHARMOUTH doctors Martin and Sue Beckers have announced their retirement after working as GPs in the area for the past 30 years.
Announcing the news in Charmouth’s Shoreline parish magazine, Dr Sue Beckers said she would be changing her responsibilities at Charmouth Medical Practice from April 1 to concentrate on her work with ‘Good Food and Mood’ and will be fully retiring in November.
Dr Martin Beckers will also be retiring from clinical work in June and fully in November.
Dr Sue Beckers commented: “In part, these changes are in order to take the opportunity we have now to engage excellent, enthusiastic GPs who wish to work in our practice and who we feel share the same values of personalised care within modern family medicine which led to our ranking of 38th out of more than 7,000 practices in England in the 2018 Patient Satisfaction Survey.”
The announcement comes after news that the two medical practices in Lyme Regis will join forces on June 1 under the leadership of Dr Forbes Watson, who currently runs Lyme Bay Medical Practice based at Kent House.
Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is also currently in the final stages of agreeing a future provider for community services in Lyme Regis and Charmouth.
Dr Becker added: “We believe it is very important to ensure the future sustainability of a service in Charmouth for the wider community, whether or not that service eventually becomes part of a larger practice in the widespread changes encouraged by NHS England and the Dorset CCG. This careful and timely handover of the practice is the best way to ensure the service remains viable and in good hands for the future.
“Many of you will have already had the pleasure of meeting Dr Alex Warner who has worked with us regularly for the past four years and now we are delighted to welcome Dr Olivia Gill-Carey who has joined us, having provided ad hoc cover for the last two years. They will both be joined by another experienced practitioner in June.
“It has been my privilege and an honour to have been a GP in Charmouth for the past 30 years. Even though I will not be fully retiring until November 10, I would like to take this opportunity now to extend my deep-felt thanks and warmest wishes to all my lovely patients for their trust, forbearance and for sharing their lives with me.”