Popular Barnoldswick GP retires after 32 years

Dr Ian Brown is retiring having worked as a GP in Barnoldswick for 32 years.
Dr Ian Brown is retiring having worked as a GP in Barnoldswick for 32 years.
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A well known GP who has treated generations of Barlickers has retired having worked his final surgery session.

Dr Ian Brown has worked at Barnoldswick Medical Centre in Park Road for 32 years and says he will miss the patients but not the computer system.

Dr Brown is retiring at the same time as his wife Alicia, practice manager at the centre until December when she retired having held the position for 18 years.

He moved to Barnoldswick in 1983 having spent five years in the army, firstly spending time in Germany in the Royal Army Medical Corps, later moving to Warminster as a senior medical officer.

Reflecting on more than three decades in the job, Dr Brown said: “When you look at generations of patients you see babies born when I first came having children of their own now who are at school.

“Of all the job opportunities at the time, this was in a nice semi-rural area and all the partners had similar backgrounds of forces medical services, so we all spoke the same language which was good.

“What attracted me in the first place was being a family practitioner; having stability, getting to know your patients over a long period of time.

“I think the NHS has changed over the years driven by both a political and economic need. Some changes have been very good such as funding for improved services.

“Some have been changes for changes sake and these have made it very hard for people to keep up.

“Doctors used to spend an awful lot of time seeing patients on home visits. It was the bedrock of the job and the envy of the rest of the world.

“I’m very sad to be leaving my patients, it has been a privilege to have looked after them. My colleagues have been excellent and a pleasure to work with.

“I’m looking forward to having a bit more time, to travel and develop the languages I have already got, French and Spanish.”

Dr Brown will also continue doing some out of hours work at Clitheroe Hospital.