FROM pulling out cotton wool, pencil lead and even insects from patients’ ears, Dr Charles Lewis will take fond memories with him as he retires.
Dr Lewis, 57, has clocked up almost 30 years working at the Sunnyside Medical Centre, in The Pompey Centre, Fratton Way, Portsmouth.
Dr Lewis started his training at the practice, which was in Sandringham Road, Fratton, before starting work as a GP in June 1982.
In that time he has seen around 240,000 patients.
He said: ‘My father was a GP and he gave me quite a lot of my interest in medicines.
‘He never pushed me, it was just something I was interested in.
‘When I first came here, to get myself orientated I would draw up family trees, as often you would see members of the same family and it was good to see medical backgrounds.
‘In some families I’ve seen four generations.’
Alongside being a GP, Dr Lewis also has a special interest in helping out in the ear, nose and throat department of the former St Mary’s Hospital site.
‘I’ve removed a lot of strange objects from people’s ears over the years,’ added Dr Lewis.
‘This includes beads, cotton wool, bits of pencils and crayons and even insects.
‘It’s all part of the job I guess.’
During his career spanning three decades, Dr Lewis says the role of GP has changed.
He said: ‘Until the year 2000 doctors were on call and did weekends.
‘When I started there were about 10,000 patients signed up and five doctors.
‘Now there is a team of nine doctors looking after 12,000 patients.
‘They have all been fantastic and I will miss them all.’
Dr Lewis will carry on practising for two days a week at the Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre, Portsmouth.
In his spare time he will enjoy his hobbies of fly fishing, cycling and photography.