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Doctor hangs up his stethoscope for the last time in Latchford
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
HANGING up his stethoscope for the last time patients of Dr Mohamed Ali were lining up to big him farewell.
The 65-year-old had his final surgery session on Thursday at Latchford Medical Centre, on Thelwall Lane, and the community he has been at the heart of for 28 years turned out to thank him.
It is his approach to not just the health but also the general well being of patients in a holistic approach to every patient’s needs.
And those who have been treated by him during his time agreed the friendly approach of Dr Ali is hard to beat.
Madeline Mooney, one of his patients, said: “He always asks after your family. It’s not just about your injury but how are you and your family. It makes the difference.
“He is a very hard act to follow. I think we have the best practise in the world.”
But the world of medicine is very different from when Dr Ali first became a GP.
He said: “New health regulations and the new commissioning and patient contracts have made a big change in patient care.
“Now you have less time to speak with patients because of the demand from patient numbers, you used to have a little bit longer.”
“I have looked after three generations of patients in the period I have been here. We started in the old building and moved to our current base in 1986.
“Latchford had an older generation of people living here when I started. They all have become a younger generation now with the housing developments in the area now.”
He first trained in Southern India and came to the UK in 1977 where he first worked at Warrington Hospital for seven years before switching to general practice.
Such has been his regard from his patients Dr Ali has always been on call - even when not in work.
He added: “There are times I have seen people on a weekend when I’m not on call but they still want me to see them because they called for me personally.
“I will be at a loss to start with when I don’t have to go to work again.”
But for now he will be spending two months travelling in India and plans to work on his golf handicap on his return.
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