Hebburn GP retires after more than 30 years at surgery

Dr Martin Brady is retiring from Hebburn Health Centre after 33 years.
Dr Martin Brady is retiring from Hebburn Health Centre after 33 years.

A GP who cared for the people of South Tyneside for more than three decades has hung up his stethoscope.

Dr Martin Brady retired on Tuesday after 33 years at Ellison View Surgery, in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn.

There are lots of decent and good people from Jarrow and Hebburn and I’ve enjoyed working with them over the years.

Dr Martin Brady

The grandad-of-two, originally from Bradford, was a partner at the doctors’ surgery, formerly known as Hebburn Health Centre.

The dad-of-four now lives in Boldon.

After finishing medical school, he spent time working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Gateshead, before doing some general practitioner work in the town and then settling at the Hebburn surgery.

He said: “My last day went very well but there were a few tears from everybody, and it was sad to say goodbye to them.

“There are lots of decent and good people from Jarrow and Hebburn and I’ve enjoyed working with them over the years.

“I’ve had a great team of staff behind me and I think the people of Jarrow and Hebburn have a wonderful sense of humour.

“I gave a little speech but it was foreshortened by me welling up a bit, but I was quickly comforted.”

Dr Brady says he has big plans for his retirement, including spending more time with family and picking up new skills.

He said: “I’m going to spend a bit of time in the library learning more about acupuncture because I do a bit of that.

“I’ll also be walking my neighbour’s dogs, spending time with the grandkids, and I’ve just got an old keyboard out of the loft and I’m going to teach myself to play.

“I will miss working with the lovely people of Hebburn and Jarrow though.”