Retirement of Vale of Neath Practice Senior Partner

After 27 years as a GP in the Glynneath Surgery and the Vale of Neath Practice, Dr Paul Westwood retired on Monday 31st July 2023.

He states that from an early age he always wanted to become a GP but was also keen to see the wider world, and so, after completing his training and qualified as a GP, he spent 15 years as a Medical Officer, in the Royal Navy.

Looking back, he tells us that when he came to Glynneath surgery, he recalls his interview with Dr Thomas who was eager to say that they were going to have a new surgery, and smiling exclaims that it has only taken 24 years to get to this new Surgery which was opened to patients on 19th August 2019.

Photo shows Dr Westwood in the centre with some of the Vale of Neath Practice Staff enjoying a buffet lunch.

In his leaving speech, he thanked all the staff for their hard work, dedication and help during his time with the Practice, and. particularly during the Pandemic when everyone pulled together at such a difficult time. He remarked that he will, of course, find it strange not to attend the Surgery as it has become his ‘second home’ for the greater part of his working life and he will miss the close working relationship and the friendly camaraderie amongst the staff in the new Vale of Neath Medical Centre.


The photograph shows Dr Westwood (centre) and Practice Manager Alex Jones (extreme right), with some members of the Patient Participation Group (PPG), who were invited to attend, to say ‘Bon Voyage’ to Dr Westwood.

The PPG Chair, Carolyn Edwards, (third from left), on behalf of the PPG wished Dr Westwood all the best for the future and a very happy retirement.

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