Barnstaple GP retires after 36 years

Dr Ian Jack is retiring after 36 years as a GP at Brannam Medical Centre in Barnstaple.

Dr Ian Jack is retiring after 36 years as a GP at Brannam Medical Centre in Barnstaple. - Credit: Archant

Dr Jack sets sail for retirement after long career at town centre surgery.

A POPULAR Barnstaple GP has retired after more than three decades of service to people in the town.

Dr Ian Jack said he had enjoyed a ‘varied and interesting’ 36-year career looking after generations of patients at the Brannam Medical Centre.

Having moved to North Devon in 1975 as a 26-year-old trainee, Dr Jack spent two years at the former North Devon Infirmary in Litchdon Street.

He joined the Brannam practice on August 1 1977 and became a partner the following year.

An executive partner since 1991, in in 1994 Dr Jack led the surgery’s move to the current purpose-built medical centre at the former Brannam Pottery site.

Now 63, he will formally stand down as an executive partner on Sunday.

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He said: “My father was a GP in the North of England and I always said I’d never become a GP – and here I am 36 years later.

“I wouldn’t have changed it for anything; it’s been a really nice place to work and I’ve been lucky to have had such a varied and interesting career that’s involved a lot of medical management.”

Keen sailor Dr Jack said he was looking forward to spending more time on the water after during his retirement.

“I have a sailing boat in Brittany, France, so the summer is well sorted,” he added.

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