|Dr Mike Baxter retires after 20 years|
|Written by Communications Team|
Dr Mike Baxter, Consultant and Medical Director at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has retired from the NHS and from over 20 years service with the Trust. Mike first joined Ashford and St Peter’s in 1992 as a consultant diabetologist and endocrinologist, becoming Clinical Director of medicine in 1995, a post he held for seven years, before becoming the Trust’s Medical Director ten years ago in 2002. Around a hundred members of staff – past and present – came to wish him well on Wednesday 25th January at his leaving party.
During his time at Ashford and St Peter’s Mike has brought his talents and enthusiasm to a range of projects large and small. After the development of a modern diabetic service at Ashford and St Peter’s, one of the most memorable projects was his drive in creating the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre, in memory of one of his patients Stephanie Marks who tragically died aged only 17. Mike spearheaded an extremely successful campaign which raised just over £1m and saw the new dedicated centre open at St Peter’s Hospital in 2010.
Mike was also an important force in the Trust’s successful application for becoming a Foundation Trust, which was achieved in 2010.
Mike will continue work as a diabetologist/endocrinologist, and as an independent medical advisor, doing work both in the NHS and the commercial health sector. He said: “Leaving Ashford and St Peter's has brought a huge mix of emotions; I feel excited, terrified and sad. The Trust has been a huge part of my life for so long and I will always remember the wonderful patients, staff and colleagues who have made this time such a happy period in my life, but after over 20 years it feels right to move on and face a different challenge. This move will call on all the skills and experiences that have been developed at the Trust and will also bring me back to my clinical specialty, of diabetes. Thank you to everyone at Ashford and St Peter’s for being my friends and colleagues and I will miss you all hugely."
Andrew Liles, Chief Executive, added: "Mike has put such an enormous amount of passion and commitment into Ashford and St Peter's during his 20 years here. He really cares about all the people here - staff and patients - and that is what we will miss the most. We wish him every success for the future."
The Trust welcomes Consultant Cardiologist Dr David Fluck as the new interim Medical Director. Dr Fluck has been with the Trust since 1996 and was previously Deputy Medical Director.
|Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2012 17:48|