Popular GP hangs up stethoscope after 30 years

Last week marked the end of an era at Alderley Edge Medical Practice when Dr Thompson hung up his gloves and stethoscope after 30 years.

Dr Edwin Thompson was involved in the Medical Centre project longer than anyone else and performed the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon at the official opening of the Talbot Road premises in April 2016. On Friday, 29th March, he retired as senior partner after exactly 30 years leaving the GPs new home as a great legacy.

Helen Hall said "Edwin was my partner and friend during all my years in the practice. He was an absolute rock - always there, always calm, always reliable and conscientious, always kind and caring towards his patients and also his colleagues. He will be greatly missed by his patients and the doctors, nurses and staff at the practice but he leaves behind his stamp, not only in the beautiful new premises but also in the role model he represented to all his colleagues."

Dr Stuart Merchant added "As well as being a caring, conscientious and highly skilled and respected GP he achieved the seemingly impossible feat of making the new Medical Centre happen. The project would have languished in the "too difficult" tray but for his dogged persistence and quiet effectiveness resulting in a superb medical facility for patients and staff. It was incredibly hard work on top of being a full time GP and he now deserves a well earned rest in his retirement."

Parish Councillor Geoff Hall commented "I worked closely with Edwin for several years on the new Medical Centre, first when I acted as project manager for the doctors and later as a Parish Councillor. Getting it built was often quite challenging, but Edwin dealt with any problems that came up calmly, always seeking the best solution. The successful completion of the new Medical Centre is in no small measure down to his eye for detail and his friendly and practical approach to life. He will be greatly missed, but leaves behind a great legacy for the village."

Dr Edwin Thompson said "I have received a large number of cards and gifts from patients, many of whom I have known for 30 years. I would like to say thank you to them all, as well as my colleagues past and present including doctors, nurses and staff. I will miss all of them but I am confident that our patients will continue to receive the care and attention they need as the practice meets the challenges of the future NHS."

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Charlie Gaughan
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 3:50 pm
Great Doctor easy to talk to you will be missed have a great time enjoy your retirement
Lynn Allen-Muncey
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 6:14 pm
From a personal perspective I was really sad to read this. Dr. Thompson has been an exceptional GP over the 30 plus years that we have lived in the village and he has had to tend to me on a number of occasions at home. His care, compassion and professionalism are second to none. We wish him a wonderful and well earned happy retirement.
David Carey
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 6:17 pm
A wonderful doctor who always had time for you, he will be sorely missed by all.
Peter Bugler
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 7:02 pm
Thank you.
Judi Goodwin
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7:28 am
His legacy is not only a new medical centre but a fantastic role model of care, compassion, common sense and professionalism. From the bottom of my heart, I thank him on behalf of all the patients whose lives he has touched.
Malcolm Gatley
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 10:00 am
I agree. Although I have only seen Dr Thompson a few times, speaking as a retired hospital doctor, I too have been impressed by his courtesy, patience, friendliness and absolute professionalism making him the ideal utterly trustworthy family doctor
Paul Mcwilliam
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 2:24 pm
Sorry to hear you're going. You sorted out my Hay Fever (amongst many other things). Thanks
Christine Munro
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 6:33 pm
I just want to say thank you. I am sure all your patients are going to miss you
Ruth Craggs
Thursday 11th April 2019 at 10:21 am
Dr Thompson hired me to be the practice Health Care Assistant where I met many lovely and very interesting people and I enjoyed that role for over 10 years. He was a supportive and informative employer. I learned a lot from him. He was never too busy to answer queries or help with any problems and I shall always be grateful to him for giving me the best job EVER