Husband and wife doctors Robin and Maria Wybrew are leaving their Huddersfield practice after nearly 30 years – in search of a slower pace of life in Scotland.
Drs Wybrew, who run a practice in Wentworth Street, will be at the surgery for the last time today (Friday July 29).
The couple are moving to Wick in the far north of Scotland. Robin, 57, will take up a hospital post as a rural practitioner in emergency medicine and care of the elderly and Maria, 55, will be a part-time GP.
“We are going for the lifestyle,” said Maria. “We have always loved Scotland and have been on holiday there for years and years.
“We have a farmhouse here, so in terms of the house, there will not be a big difference. But we hope the pace of life will be a little slower. There are 29,000 people in an area the size of Belgium. Huddersfield has 144,000 people. This puts into perspective just how rural it is.
“Our practice here has become so busy but we will miss it tremendously because we have known many of our patients so long they have become more like friends.”
But she said going to Scotland would be a big adventure and they felt they had to go now while they had the opportunity.
“They are desperate for doctors up there, and if we can give them a little of our experience it will be a fair price to pay for being able to retire to a beautiful part of the country,” said Maria.
Drs Wybrew took over their practice from Dr W. H. Bradshaw DFC and the late Dr Basil Robinson. “It is a very special practice as we can trace our predecessors back to Victorian times,” added Maria.
Another husband and wife team, Dr Ramesh Edara and Dr Madhuri Navuluri, will take over from them. They have already been into the practice for a session a week and as holiday locums, so many of the patients already know them.
Maria said: “I am so glad the practice will be run by another husband and wife because we didn’t want it to become big and faceless.”
A leaving party was organised for the couple last night (Thursday, July 28) at the conservatory in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, where Robin was due to play the bagpipes.
The event was planned by the Patient Reference Group, and was open to friends and patients.