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We will say a fond farewell on Thursday 27th June to 3 long serving members of our surgery team who have a frankly incredible 112 years of service between them.

Dr Katrina Young is hanging up her stethoscope and retiring having joined the surgery in the summer of 1993. Katrina’s influence has been felt not only across the surgery but the whole local community and she will be greatly missed by patients and staff alike. Katrina has played an integral part in the development and expansion of the nursing team at St Mary’s and her mentorship and support to our Nurses and Healthcare Assistants both past and present has been greatly appreciated.

Latterly, Katrina has taken on the role of ‘Senior Partner’ at the surgery, whilst continuing with her own clinical work. She was the driving force in ensuring the building redevelopment of our site at St Mary’s Street took place, navigating many, many lengthy and time consuming meetings in between her own clinics. Katrina’s passion to provide a new, modern building, fit for purpose for our local population shone through and we are all incredibly grateful for the time and effort which she contributed to enable this.

We wish all her all the very best in her retirement, during which she will no doubt be enjoying various horse racing events across the country!

Moira Wiltshire joined the surgery in 1980 and so has clocked up a scarcely believable 44 years of uninterrupted service at St Mary’s! We were based at Chapel Street when Moira began working at the surgery on the reception desk and she has seen all of the many changes that have taken place during that time, first hand. Over time Moira has specialised in administration and has played a pivotal supporting role for our GPs and clinical staff, along with the rest of her colleagues.

A keen fan of Elvis (with a calendar and mouse mat to prove it), Moira will be greatly missed by colleagues who would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her incredible service and support.

Nicola Rands joined the surgery in 1987 and so compared to Moira is a comparative newcomer with a mere 37 years of service! Nic also began life at St Mary’s on the reception desk at Chapel Street before moving into an administrative role. Always with a smile and a kind word, Nic has been a wonderful colleague to work alongside and has provided great support to colleagues within the surgery. Her hot water bottle (a constant companion during spring, summer, autumn and winter) has legendary status alongside Nic herself, who will be missed very much and whom we would all like to thank for her wonderful service to St Mary’s.