Dr Jeremy Simmons recently retired as senior partner at Spa Medical Centre and members of the practice gathered together for a small party to wish him luck in his retirement.
Dr Simmons has served 29 years with the practice, having joined in May 1986 as a GP, and then making his way up through the ranks to become senior partner.
Reception supervisor, Cheryl Attril said, “Dr Simmons made a significant contribution to the development and growth of Spa Medical Centre.”
Dr Simmons has a passion for cycling and is an advocate of physical activity. He is a strong cyclist, taking part in challenges such as cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and completing stages of the Tour de France.
This passion has not only kept him fit and healthy, but enabled him to raise money for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT), which provides grants to help disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential.
Instead of a leaving gift from the practice, Dr Simmons asked that a donation was made to WWMT and a total of £175 was raised.
Members from the practice had a ‘get together’ to bid farewell to Dr Simmons on Friday 26th June. There was a hog roast and he was presented with a cake, decorated appropriately of course. To acknowledge his keen interest in cycling, those who wanted to, were invited to join him for a ride around Melksham.
Dr Simmons’ official last day was Tuesday 30th June and Dr Matthews will take over as senior partner from 1st August. In his farewell speech, Dr Simmons expressed his gratitude to all the staff, from the partners, through to the reception and secretarial teams, and declared that the practice would continue to succeed due to the loyalty and passion of its staff.
The practice wished Dr Simmons every success for a healthy, happy and fulfilling retirement.”