Doctor bids fond farewell

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PATIENTS at a Cleckheaton surgery have waved goodbye to popular GP Dr Geoff Fox, who has retired after more than 30 years in the town.

Dr Fox has stepped down from his practice at the NHS Centre, Greenside, and has been replaced by former Heckmondwike Grammar School pupil Dr Yasar Mahmood.

The clinic has since been renamed Parkview Surgery.

Dr Fox saw his first patient in October 1978, having just moved to Yorkshire from London. He quickly became a popular figure in the town, treating generations of patients over the years.

He said: “I’ve really loved my time in Cleckheaton It’s a nice area with nice patients who over the years became friends. But with the changes going on in the NHS, I thought this was a good time to have a clean break.”

Dr Fox, who lives in Leeds, will spend his retirement playing golf and spending quality time with his family – including his young grandchildren.

He added: “I will miss the staff at the surgery and it’s very sad to leave them, but Dr Mahmood has been with us since January last year and he’s a local lad. He’s already popular with patients.”

The practice will be served by Dr J Stringer and Dr Mahmood.