PATIENTS are set to pay tribute to a much loved Cleckheaton doctor when he finally steps down after 40 years.
Since starting his practice in the town in October 1973, Dr Giridhar Prasad has won the trust and support of generations of patients and is set to bow-out with a bang at the end of the month.
Dr Prasad, 66, is planning on holding an open day at his surgery, opposite Memorial Park, on Wednesday May 26 from 1pm, where patients past and present can come along and say their farewells.
Throughout Dr Prasad's tenure in the Spen Valley he has always cherished his relationship with his patients.
"There was a shortage of doctors at the time and the Darcey family in Cleckheaton brought me here. I had to start the surgery from scratch and gradually people kept coming to me," he said.
"Cleckheaton has changed a lot, there were no traffic lights here in those days, but I've made so many friends here over the years."
"The best part of the job has been getting to know the patients and having that working relationship with them.
"I'm very grateful to my staff for the support they've given me as well."
The married father of two lived in Gomersal for many years, before moving to Dewsbury. He is adamant that he still loves the job but time has come for his successor Dr Victor D'ambrogio to take over the surgery.
He added: "I've got mixed feelings about leaving because I've enjoyed the profession so much, but everyone has to retire at some point to have some time for themselves."
The much-loved doc has not yet planned how he will spend his retirement two weeks today. Although he is a keen walker and hopes to get more time to go to the gym.
Healthcare assistant Kiran Patel said: "He's been a fantastic boss from day one. He is the calmest person I know and all the patients are devastated that he's leaving."
* The open day takes place at Dr Prasad's surgery on May 26 between 1pm-4pm.