A family GP is retiring today (Friday) after 30 years at Northam Surgery.

A popular GP is hanging up up his stethoscope after 30 years at Northam Surgery.

Dr Anthony Moore, 59, said he has enjoyed sharing the trials, tribulations and triumphs of his patients over the decades.

He qualified as a doctor at Cardiff University 35 years ago, and worked in South Wales and Australia before moving to North Devon.

Dr Moore told the Gazette: “I have greatly enjoyed most of my patients and many have become friends.

“In the nature of the job there are, of course, sorrowful moments.

“When you deal with serious situations and over the course of around 200,000 consultations inevitably a few have not gone as well as I would have hoped.

“Fortunately these moments are greatly outweighed by happy encounters and much laughter will leave me with many happy memories of the surgery and my patients.”

Dr Moore said he has seen the surgery grow ‘out of all recognition’ during his time there, but remained giving the best possible service to patients.

He added: “I would like to thank all the staff for their wonderful support over the years and recognise that as doctors we are just the ‘front men’ relying on a whole team of helpers behind us.

“I am confident the surgery remains in excellent hands and has a bright future serving the local community.”

Dr Moore said he was looking forward to being able to spend more time with his wife Jane, their four children and two grandchildren, as well as doing some travelling in his campervan.