A popular GP has retired after serving in the community for nearly four decades.
Dr Philip Abraham worked at the Garden Park Surgery in Howdon, and its subsidiary the White Swan Surgery in Killingworth, since 1980 – potentially the longest time with one practice.
He said: “General practice is much better today than it was all those years ago.
“There has been a huge improvement in the quality of life for patients with long-term conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart disease, asthma and dementia.
“The primary health care team has developed over the years and is now a multi-disciplinary team all working together to help to provide the best possible care.”
He added: “I have enjoyed every minute of working in the NHS but I would now like to spend more time with my family.”
Paying tribute, colleague Dr John Matthews, a local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This really is the end of an era.
“Philip Abraham has been an outstanding general practitioner and has helped thousands of patients across North Tyneside over the years.
“He has seen children born, grow up and now bring in their own children to see him and, as the senior partner in his practice, has helped nurture his fellow GPs’ careers.
“He will be a great miss now that he has decided to step down after 36 years serving the community. My colleagues and I wish him a long and happy retirement.”