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Dr Kaye Retirement - 30/7/2021

Kirkby’s Longest Serving GP Retires after 33 years…

Dr Simon Kaye qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1984 and became a partner with Kirkby Lonsdale and Hornby practice in 1988. After 33 years he is retiring from his position as senior partner at Lunesdale Surgery at the end of July.

Simon said it has been a privilege to be able serve the communities of Kirkby Lonsdale, Hornby and the surrounding Lune Valley for all this time. He is honoured to be part of such a special team that provides the highest standards of personalised family medicine.

He says that the practice has changed enormously since he first arrived. “In 1988 the team consisted of just 4 doctors and 1 nurse. In 2003 we moved from the much-loved Green Close Surgery into our purpose-built premises at Lunesdale Surgery and as a result were able to significantly expand our team. I leave behind a team of 8 doctors, 1 nurse practitioner and 4 nurses, as well as all of our wonderful support staff.”

“The extra space of our move to Lunesdale enabled me to fulfil my ambition to become a GP trainer - and I’m delighted that training continues at Lunesdale under the guidance of my colleague Dr Underwood. Partly as a result of our GP training we have been able to recruit several extremely high quality GPs - and we now include 3 of my previous GP registrars on our permanent staff.”

In all Dr Kaye has trained 13 registrars and 3 GP retainees - 10 of whom are still GPs in the Northwest.

“The branch surgery at Hornby has also changed beyond recognition. When I first arrived, we operated out of a rented front room in one of our patient’s houses.
At the allotted surgery hour Mrs Norris unlocked her front door to allow patients in to sit and wait in her hall. If there were more than 4 they had to sit on her stairs!
Shortly after I arrived we bought the premises and were able to turn them into a 2 consulting room surgery, with a three bedroom flat above.”

Simon says he will not be idle in his retirement. He intends to continue to offer GP locum services to practices in the surrounding area, and he will continue his work with CRMI – Children of Hope in Uganda.

His first exciting challenge in retirement will be to attempt to climb Kilimanjaro with his wife Pauline, to raise funds for the education of healthcare workers in Uganda, enabling transformation of the communities that they serve.

If you would like to support Pauline and Simon’s Kilimanjaro attempt (whenever Covid travel restrictions allow) then you can do so either by giving directly via BACs - CRMI Children of Hope
01-08-38 Acc No 54645832 or via

JustGiving - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-kaye11

Time flies!