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Shipley doctor retires after 30 years
8:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Dr John Bibby joined as a partner in 1983 and now aged 59, he is retiring and moving on to become an independent health advisor and consultant.
“I have really enjoyed my time and it has felt like an honour to help people and their families through different medical issues,” Dr Bibby said.
“The doctor and patient relationship has definitely changed during my time from when the doctor held all the information to now, when we are working with people who are more informed than they ever have been.
“That means we are in more of a relationship and our role is to help people navigate through difficulties.”
Dr Bibby said while there had been a drop in some illnesses, he had noticed a rise in previously under-rated problems.
“While smoking-relating problems have gone down, I’d say some 30 per cent of all my consultations involve people suffering depression or anxiety.”
His was one of the last local practices to offer 24 hour GP call outs, and Dr Bibby said he felt that had been a valuable service.
“Often people would say, ‘I remember how you came out at 8pm and then back at midnight.’ It built a lot of trust.”
From an old house in Carr Lane with four doctors, his practice has now expanded to have 12 doctors, a surgery, outpatient block and teaching centre.
“In total we employ 75 people and have gone from 8,000 patients to 12,000,” said Dr Bibby, who lives in Rawdon.
But now he is leaving Windhill Green behind to spend much more time with his wife Liz, a former midwife and his grandchildren.
Although before anything else, keen cyclist Dr Bibby is off on his Brompton bike to join other fans of folding machines and ride from Wigan to Loch Lomond later this month.