Dr Laurence Carter: Retirement




It is now just over twenty-eight years since I joined Tisbury Surgery, as a new G.P. with my wife Jane and our two young children. What a lot of change we have seen over that time. Not only did we have two more children but life at the surgery has changed too!

In 1993 I joined Dr. John Dalton in practice after his father retired and for many years it was just the two partners and a small group of nurses, receptionists and Rosie Eacott, our practice manager.

There are still two G.P. partners but we work alongside two salaried part time G.P.s and a GP registrar. We also have a large team of dedicated receptionists, nurses and admin staff, led by Rosie Eacott. We have been a training practice for over 20 years and have had many G.P. registrars who have successfully completed their training with us, including Dr. Adam Smith who joined the practice as a partner in 2018.

Since 1993 the practice list size has grown by almost forty per cent. The practice has become much busier; therefore, change has been necessary for us to continue the high standard of care we wish to provide for all our patients, who now number over four thousand. The surgery building has evolved to accommodate these changes. Our ways of working have had to change too - most notably over the last eighteen months with the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to thank you all for the way you have adapted to these changes.

All our staff, without exception, have risen brilliantly to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and the many other challenges over the years and I would like especially to thank them for their dedication and hard work. The team at the surgery really are a truly remarkable group of people, totally dedicated to the highest standards of patient care.

It has been an honour for me to serve as one of your local G.P.s and it has been a pleasure to look after, sometimes, generations of your families, but the time has come for Jane and I to retire. We will be leaving the surgery at the beginning of October this year.

I wish you all well and Dr. Adam Smith and the surgery team all the best for the years to come over which time, no doubt, patient care will further evolve. I have been proud to be part of such the excellent team at Tisbury Surgery and I thank them enormously for all they do in looking after the health and well being of our local community.

Laurence Carter


It’s hard to imagine life at Tisbury Surgery without Laurence and Jane. Everyone here will miss them immensely as they take their retirement after 28 years of incredible service to the surgery and its patients.

We wish them both every happiness and will shortly share our plans for future staffing at the Surgery.

Adam Smith

Published: Aug 3, 2021