HE LOVED talking to each and every one of his patients and taking the time to get to know them.
And that’s why scores of people queued up to say farewell and good luck to Dr Richard Hughes.
After doing his GP training at the Hanway Medical Practice, in Hanway Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, Dr Hughes knew he had found his calling.
He said: ‘I qualified as a doctor in 1977 in London and moved around to several places before settling in Portsmouth in 1980.
‘I worked at the then St Mary’s Hospital, and then went to Hanway to train as a GP.
‘As soon as I qualified in 1982, I knew it was the place I wanted to be.
‘I have always liked knowing people and finding out about their families, so it was a perfect job for me.
‘I have never disliked anyone I met and have enjoyed working as a GP.’
During his time, Dr Hughes took a special interest in diabetes care, and also started training junior doctors.
On Saturday the practice was open for two hours so that patients could say goodbye and thank Dr Hughes.
‘All my patients have been so unique,’ added Dr Hughes.
‘There are thousands of stories that I will take with me, and all of them so individual.
‘I will miss all the staff there, they have always been so superb and one of the reasons why I’ve enjoyed working there so much. I was very touched to see how many people came to say goodbye to me. I’m lucky to have had such a great career.’
Patient Sue Louth, 62, of Baffins Road, Baffins, went to wish the popular doctor good luck.
She said: ‘He had been my GP for more than 30 years and was the best.
‘He always had time for you, would listen to your problems and ask after your whole family.
‘He took care of you and treated you as an individual – he always went that extra mile.’
Dr Hughes will use his retirement to spend more time with his wife Theresa, and his three children.
He would also like to enjoy conservation and wildlife hobbies.