‘Outstanding’ Haywards Heath doctor retires after 34 years

Dr Janet While, of Newtons Surgery in Haywards Heath
Dr Janet While, of Newtons Surgery in Haywards Heath

An ‘outstanding’ Haywards Heath doctor is retiring after 34 years.

Dr Janet While, of Newtons Surgery in Heath Road, will be ‘much missed’ by all her patients, staff and colleagues.

A spokesman for the surgery said: “Having trained locally Janet joined Newtons as a partner in 1983 and over those 34 years has been a truly outstanding servant to her patients, as well as a superb colleague to her staff and partners.

“She has been a true old school cradle to grave GP, being involved in patients’ lives from home births to attending their funerals.

“In this day of sometimes fragmented care she has always endeavoured to provide continuity and a familiar face and voice for her patients.”

Janet’s many accomplishments include the training of new GPs, specialising in women’s health and family planning and leading the practice for the past eight years.

Most recently she has helped write the constitution of the CCG and has consistently fought for the good of all patients within that organisation.

A spokesman added: “Janet has worked tirelessly for all these years often working late into the night and weekends in order to achieve the ever increasing workload of the NHS, as well as continuing to provide above all excellent care to her patients.

“She also achieved the heights of being a fellow of both the Faculty of Sexual Health and Family Planning; and fellow of the Royal College of GPs.

“She will be much missed by all her patients, staff and colleagues but we wish her a happy, healthy and much deserved retirement, when she hopes to indulge her love of gardening, travelling and the theatre; and devoting more

time to her wonderful husband, Anthony and her beloved cats, Victoria and Charlotte.”

Janet was given a send off at Ardingly College, where guests enjoyed afternoon tea.

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