A message to all patients from Dr Morton regarding her retirement from The Alexandra Practice:
Dear Patients and Friends,
I had hoped to see you all in person in my final weeks of work, to let you know about my leaving. Unfortunately, the protective measures we must all now follow meant this wasn’t possible, and I’m truly sorry for the shock this might undoubtedly be to many of you.
In the 18 years I’ve worked at The Alexandra Practice, I’ve always felt a sense of pride when asked where I worked, and it will continue to hold a special place in my heart. I know the wonderful sense of community that characterises the practice will be its great strength in the months ahead.
I’d like to thank you all for the privilege and honour of sharing your lives with me, through the good and not so good times. The doctor patient relationship is such a special one, and it’s with great sadness that I will no longer be there to provide that for you, through this difficult time. However, I leave you in the very capable hands of my colleagues.
On a personal level, you’ve all made my job more enjoyable and fulfilling, and I’ve met and befriended some wonderful people. Thank you for the warmth and affection you’ve shown me, which has made being your doctor all the more rewarding. I’m grateful too for all the cakes and curries, courgettes and rhubarb, the drawings from your children and mostly, for the times when you let me know that something I said or advised had improved or changed your lives. That was always the greatest gift.
I’m so very sorry that COVID meant I couldn’t see you all to say goodbye face to face, but please know that I would have liked to and am thinking of you.
Some final words of advice……
Our physical health and mental wellbeing are very precious and should be treasured, so please try to keep them a priority in your lives. If Covid has taught us anything, it’s the value of enjoying the moment and what is around us, in friends, neighbours and family, nature and the great outdoors.
We have so many great parks and spaces to stay fit and healthy in, and to enjoy the birds and flowers around us whilst we do, and all free of charge. It would mean a lot to me to know you are looking after yourselves and those around you. As the night’s draw in, remember to check in on those vulnerable people near you who you won’t see so much once the weather changes. Look after each other and stay safe and happy.
I will miss you.
Love and best wishes,
Dr Kathy Morton