HE TRIED to fight it for a brief moment but ultimately Dr Gordon Parkin had to give in to the profession that his family has served for generations.
Dr Parkin followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather when he decided to become a general practitioner.
I did decide to become a GP because you can make a real difference to people’s livesDr Gordon Parkin
And after 34 years of serving the community, 62-year-old Dr Parkin has now decided to call it a day.
He has been a doctor at the Ramillies Surgery, in Victoria Road South, Southsea, where his father Dr Robert Parkin also worked.
Yesterday scores of patients armed with baked goodies, cards and bottles of wine came to say a fond farewell.
Dr Parkin said: ‘When I was younger I did say I didn’t want to be a doctor.
‘However I did decide to become a GP because you can make a real difference to people’s lives.
‘I worked with my father at this practice for nine years, and between 1989 and 2002, I was the official doctor for Pompey.
‘What’s great is you never know what you will see that day, and you get to meet plenty of people.
‘Although once I got hit on the head with a frying pan after trying to enter a patient’s house through a window, as she had had too much to drink.
‘A definite highlight was also going to see Pompey play in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool in 1991, even though I had been in an accident a few weeks beforehand.’
Dr Parkin added: ‘I will miss everyone, the staff here have been great.
‘Most of all I will miss my patients.’
And it’s clear the patients will miss him too.
Dave Morton, 54, and his wife Michelle, 54, of Bath Road, Southsea, have been patients at the practice for the past 27 years.
Mr Morton said: ‘We’re pleased for him, but disappointed for ourselves.
‘He’s a real genuine guy who has been a great doctor to us as a family.’
Ric Carey, 71, of St Peter’s Lodge, in Lawrence Road, Southsea, has been a patient for 15 years.
He said: ‘He’s got a good sense of humour, listens to you and is understanding.
‘He will be missed and I wish him well with his retirement.’
Dr Parkins said he will spend time with his family, as well as play golf and go fly fishing.