GP retires after four decades of service
PUBLISHED: 06:41 11 January 2015
A WORLE doctor said goodbye to colleagues and patients on New Year's Eve after almost 40 years of helping people.
Dr Roderick Bowering left Riverbank Medical Centre for the last time when he retired last week.
A party was held in his honour, as he toasted a lengthy career treating thousands of patients.
Dr Bowering qualified at Guy’s Hospital in London but he soon returned to Weston where he grew up.
His career started in Milton Road in 1976 when he took on his grandfather’s patients’ list and he also relieved pressure on Worle Medical Centre that was so overloaded with patients, it was struggling to cope.
In 1986, he established a North Worle branch surgery in two Portakabins in Wansborough Road, before moving onto the Riverbank Medical Centre in Walford Avenue.
Dr Bowering said: “The opening of the Riverbank Medical Centre in 1995 by Lord Archer was a pivotal development for our practice.
“That was about 20 years ago and we are blessed with a first-class team of medical receptionists, secretaries, clinical staff and our experienced practice manager overseeing us all.
“I am confident I am leaving a top team behind me with all the emphasis on maintaining a family-orientated practice.
“I have been very lucky to have such wonderful staff, very nice patients and such pleasant partners.”
Dr Bowering said the NHS is changing due to ‘financial restraints’ but believes the Riverbank surgery is well-equipped to cope.