Dr Amrit Takhar Retirement

After 33 years at Wansford Dr Amrit Takhar retired on 31st January 2021.

His years have seen huge changes to the Practice and to Primary Care itself. He arrived November 1987 . At that time Wansford Surgery was a branch surgery of the main surgery in Kings Cliffe. The surgery was a tiny 3 or 4 rooms in a converted garage on Peterborough Road. Amrit was a driving force in securing Old Hill Farm and its conversion to a state of the art GP Practice. The new surgery was opened by John Major in 1991 and Drs Holland , Tuck and Takhar moved in. This was the start of the current family practice at Wansford 4,000 patients and 120 square miles of rural territory. The core beliefs of personal high quality care were born. Amrit, like his partner John Holland before him, became a GP Trainer and Wansford grew as a Training Practice , training many new generations of GPs. In 1994 Dr Holland retired and Dr Nally took over his role. We expanded into the farm a little further and moved farm machinery out of the old barn to create a wonderful additional space which would become Wansford Research Centre and a Dental Practice, Wansford Smile Studio. Conversion of the piggery meant space for a Pharmacy; another exciting development.

Amrit has been an inspirational leader of the Practice. He is a blue sky thinker: a strategist. He has driven change and kept the practice at the forefront of developments in Primary Care for more than 3 decades. He is a gentle leader; always keen to ensure fairness and provide the best environment for staff and patients alike to thrive.

He leaves the Practice an expanded, visionary team comprising paramedics, nurses who now manage much of the chronic disease, clinical prescribing pharmacists, specialist nurses and a thriving Research Unit ( which is currently participating in the exciting Novovax Covid Vaccine Trial), as well as of course 5 Doctors and a Research Team .

He leaves a legacy which we do our best to continue to develop and grow. I am delighted to announce that Helen Eastwood is going to join me in the next stage of the adventure as we prepare to futureproof and maintain the highest standards of Primary Care at Wansford and Kings Cliffe and the surrounding community.

We are delighted that Amrit will stay working with us closely as a Research GP which is his passion. We hope that he will also enjoy easing himself gently into all that a well deserved retirement has to offer.

We wish him all the very best and will endeavour to continue his great work .