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The Cormacks Retirement

Farewell ‘Celebration’ for our patients

We will have a low-key 'farewell do' for any of our patients who want to come along. It will be held at the Village Hall (in Hullbridge Road opposite The Chase and close to 'One Stop') between 2 and 4pm on Sunday 28th April - so do feel free to pop in if you're passing and allow us to raise a glass to you for sticking by us through thick and thin. (If the pay-bar runs out of booze we may have to raise a cup of luke-warm coffee instead … but it’s the thought that counts!)

Dr John and Sister Sue



Here’s a brief update on my situation. I shall be 72 in April and it’s time to hand the practice over to younger docs.  As well as having to take old age and decrepitude into account, my family has been suggesting (repeatedly) that I spend more time with my grandchildren and less weekends at the practice … and the trouble with ‘good old-fashioned’ general practice is that you either have to do it flat out and to the best of your ability, or not at all.

My wife, Sue, is already spending a good chunk of her week looking after our four grandsons (in London and Ipswich) and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to fit work in around that.

Sue and I have been practicing together here in SWF for around 40 years (and have known some of you for most if not all of that time) – AND we’ve built up a great team here at Greenwood Surgery which has made working here a pleasure - so it will be a huge wrench for us to hang up our stethoscopes. We will be stepping down at about the same time – and my first day of retirement (appropriately enough) will be April Fool’s Day.

The practice will be run from then on by Dr Maya Mistry (who still has a trace of her Coventry accent) and Dr Smitesh Patel (who, like Maya, has been a GP here in Essex for some time.)

We’ll ask them to put something about themselves on the website soon - but, briefly, they are very experienced and multitalented so they will be able to provide a full range of services.

As for us, we’ll be staying in the area for a time (it would take a month of Sundays just to clear our loft) and will continue to take an interest in what happens in Woodham so you won’t see the back of us just yet.

We’ll try and find a way of seeing you before we bow out – we’re hoping to arrange a little get together - so watch this space.

Until then … all the jolly best!


John and Sue

John and Sue apologise for being slow to reply to your lovely messages but there have been so many that it will take them a while to get back to you. Meanwhile, thank you all very much for getting in touch.

John & Sue - In 'The Cambridge Review' - ADC Theatre - 1977

Picture:  John & Sue in 'The Cambridge Revue' - at the ADC Theatre - 1977



Dr Maya Mistry

May Mistry

‘Born in Coventry, I studied Medicine at Nottingham University and completed my GP training in Derby. 

Like most GP’s I am a generalist but have specialist areas of interest. For me, these are diabetes, women’s health and I carry out coils and implants.

I am looking forward to working with my good friend and colleague, Dr Smitesh Patel and the wonderful staff at Greenwood Surgery, to help with the transitions needed for the upcoming changes ahead.’


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