A WELL-respected GP retired from Mirfield Health Centre this week after 34 years caring for the town's people.
Dr Roger Parker qualified in Leeds in October 1970 and worked as a House Officer at what was then Staincliffe Hospital. He came to Mirfield in 1971 to join Dr Hamilton and Dr Kirk at the surgery in King Street and the practice moved to the current health centre in Doctor Lane less than three years later.
At that time there were two GP surgeries in Mirfield but when Drs Bell and Roulston retired the practices joined together. The health centre has continued to increase in size ever since and the North Kirklees Primary Care Trust is currently looking for a bigger site to house a new health centre.
Pauline Auty, the health centre’s practice manager, said Dr Parker would be greatly missed by both patients and staff.
Dr Pitt Pieske will replace him.