Patients gathered on Saturday morning at Buxted Medical Centre to say farewell to Dr Clarissa Fabre who has retired after 30 years as a GP in Buxted.
And during the afternoon it was the turn of staff, and their families, from medical centres at East Hoathly and Buxted to say farewell at a party hosted by Dr Fabre and her husband, John. About 100 people went along.
The doctor is retiring from general practice but will stay busy as president-elect of the Medical Women’s International Association. She is due to be president in 2019, the year of the organisation’s centenary.
Patients were welcomed at the farewell party on Saturday by Alex Pincus, chair of the practice’s Patient Participation Group.
He thanked Clarissa for the “tremendous” support given by her to the group, and for the “wonderful” work she had done for the practice.
He said that not only was she was a good doctor but she was also a good leader as evidenced by the team she had built up, including partners – Dr David Wright has worked with her for 25 years – registrars, nurses and the management administration team.
A long-time colleague, Nurse Fiona Thorpe, who has worked at the practice for 23 years, said Clarissa was “inspirational” and had always supported, and encouraged, nurses in their expanding roles.
She said it had been a huge privilege, and pleasure, to work with Clarissa.
Clarissa talked about the changes she had seen in the 30 years since she joined the Buxted practice. The number of staff had grown from six to 60 and the new medical centre had been built.
She added that in the old day patients only came to the surgery when they were sick. Now, health checks, such as for high blood pressure, and heart disease, meant the place was always packed.
She thanked Linda and Norman Pugsley who started the Patient Participation Group, the centre’s “fantastic staff” and the patients, who had become her friends.
She said her husband had been fantastic and not minded her running around like a dynamo and said she was leaving the practice in the very good hands of Dr David Wright.
Read more, in a previous Uckfield News story about Dr Fabre’s 30 years at Buxted.