Dr Lawrence Pike, who has been a General Practitioner at the James Street Family Practice in Louth since 1995, has announced his retirement from General Practice.
He is leaving to take up a part-time post with St Barnabas Hospice, in which he will promote better working between professionals involved in End of Life Care in Hospices and the Community.
Dr Pike has seen great changes in Louth in his 18 years in the town. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2010, in recognition of his service in GP Commissioning of care, and his leadership of Louth and District Medical Services, the company which now represents hundreds of GPs and other professionals working in the community across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
Dr Pike will be replaced by Dr Anna Henderson, who is currently working in a large practice in Nottingham, and whose husband comes originally from the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Dr Jijo Mathew, who has been at the practice for some time, will become a partner, as will the Manager, Jackie Rotherham.
They are being joined in September by Dr Su San Tan, whose husband Dr Ko is a partner in the practice, and in July by Dr Sajjad Amer, who will replace Dr Piero Strina, who has come to the end of his contract. Dr Judy Hanson, who has been doing regular locum work for the past year, has accepted a permanent part time post at the surgery.
Dr Maureen Baker, Chair-Elect or the Royal College of General Practitioners, has chosen the practice to be her base during her time as College Chair. She will do clinical sessions in the practice at various times during the year, starting during the Summer.
Dr Andrew Mowat, who has taken over as Practice Chairman from Dr Pike, continues to work full time in the practice in addition to a number of roles within the British Medical Association, at both Regional and National level.