THE best part of being a doctor was talking to generations of patients, he says.
And that’s what Dr Mark Glasgow will miss now he’s retired.
The 59-year-old, of Hayling Island, was a partner at Kirklands Surgery, in Copnor Road, Copnor.
He started working at the practice in December 1978 as a trainee, and took a special interest in treating eye problems.
Dr Glasgow said: ‘My calling was to become a GP and help patients and their families.
‘I will miss interaction with my patients.
‘I will miss the staff and doctors who work at the practice.’
Dr Glasgow says he remembers going on home visits with his father, who was also a GP, which is why he decided to go into medicine.
He also specialised in ophthalmology.
‘The back of the eye is a beautiful thing,’ added Dr Glasgow.
‘It’s very rewarding to give someone their sight back.
‘And with some patients, I have listened to the heartbeat of a baby in the womb, and then treat the baby as it gets older.
‘That’s a very special feeling and I will miss that.’
To mark his retirement, Dr Glasgow held a champagne tea party at the surgery.
Around 100 patients turned up wish the much-loved GP well in his retirement, and were queuing up outside.
Patient Karen Jones, 50, of Kensington Road, Copnor, put up decorations for the tea party.
She said: ‘Dr Glasgow has served four generations of our family.
‘He was an attentive doctor, never rushed us and always had time for us.
‘He sorted things out quickly and always asked after the family.
‘He was brilliant and will be missed greatly.’
Dr Glasgow plans to spend more time with his wife Yvonne, 56, who retired as a teacher this year.
The pair enjoy gardening and bird watching and want to visit family and friends.
They are also planning a trip to Australia to see birds in paradise.
Dr Glasgow added: ‘I’ve had to part on health grounds, as I get spasms in my neck.
‘It will be good to spend time with my wife.’