On 30th September 2013 Dr Mike Spencer retired after 32 years as a Ruddington GP. In 1981 he joined the team of Drs MacLaren, Badrashi and Paterson who were based at Oxford House, Easthorpe Street (which had at one time been Dr MacLarens home).
Later in the 1980’s negotiations started to identify a new location for the practice as Oxford House, after nearly 40 years use, was not able to be adapted to keep pace with changing clinical space needs.
In 1991 the Practice moved to the newly built Ruddington Medical Centre at its current site on Church Street and in 1994 the Centre became a Training Practice. Over time increased administrative requirements within the Health Service and an expansion of the population of Ruddington, due to new housing developments, made it quickly obvious that extra space was needed.
In February 2010 the Medical Centre closed for extensive work to be undertaken and the Practice moved to temporary accommodation on the Green. Later that year the Centre was re-opened with double the previous space available.
Throughout his career Dr Spencer has undertaken various training and mentoring roles. This has involved medical students and also practicing GP’s. He intends to continue this role working for the East Midlands Local Education and Training Board which is based on Ruddington Fields Business Park. He also enjoys amateur dramatics, caravanning and travelling, and is looking forward to be able to do more of these as well as spending time with his family.
The village thanks him for the last 3 decades of medical support and wishes him well for the future.
By Barbara Breakwell