Dales medical practice seeks new GP following retirement

Dr Sharon Smart with Dr Mike Brookes.

Reeth Medical Practice has launched a recruitment drive following the retirement of a popular GP.

Dr Sharon Smart is hanging up her stethoscope at the end of the year.

The GP, who trained in London, has had a varied career, working in inner city areas, a stint as an African bush doctor and also writing national treatment guidelines for GPs.

She has been a GP at Reeth for several years as well as a doctor for Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

Mike Brookes, GP partner, said: “Dr Sharon has really embraced the ethos we have at Reeth of traditional family medicine fused with innovation and technology.

“She always goes the extra mile for our patients and that is very much appreciated.”

Managing partner, Marie Brookes, added: “Dr Sharon has been a real asset to the team at Reeth and she is going to be greatly missed.

“In the current climate, recruiting GPs has become incredibly difficult, especially in rural areas, and we have not yet been able to secure a replacement for her, despite extensive advertising campaigns.

“Rural general practice has so much diversity and depth to offer.”

Reeth Medical Centre is hoping to recruit a GP who enjoys some of the traditional values of general practice, such as continuity of care, as well as maintaining the broad and diverse set of skills necessary to work in remote and isolated areas, including being able to read an OS map.

The ideal candidate would benefit from experience in acute medicine or accident and emergency, but only compulsory quality is enthusiasm.

The number of weekly sessions is negotiable and interested GPs should contact Marie Brookes directly at mariebrookes@nhs.net.