A Message from Dr Rob Childs


It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement as a GP from The Grove Medical Centre. I will finish at the end of September. I will not be hanging up my stethoscope completely but will be looking for new horizons and challenges for the last few years of my career, at a pace that I can sustain.

It has been a privilege to be a GP in Sherborne for the last 29 years and despite all those years I still regularly suffer from imposter syndrome. My time here has been very rewarding, with opportunities to care for many patients and families at all stages of their lives. There are not many jobs where you can care for and support people and their families as they grow up and grow old together.

I am very proud of the team that I work with. Colleagues have offered tremendous support over the years. We have achieved a lot together. The formation of The Grove Medical Centre just over 3 years ago was an incredibly stressful time but the Medical Centre now, despite current challenges, delivers some the highest rated care in England. I am also proud of my role in the delivery of Covid Vaccination to our community over the last 18 months. The team of people that came together from doctors, nurses, assistants, reception staff and the car park team, delivered a roll out and vaccine uptake that is second to none. It created the great sense of community that Sherborne demonstrates over and over.

So, thanks again for making my years here so good. We have laughed and cried together over the past 29 years. It will be a sad day when I leave The Grove Medical Centre. I know however that it will go from strength to strength with its current team and excellent leadership.

Best Wishes

Dr Rob Childs

If anyone wishes to leave Dr Childs a message, there will be a book in reception for people to sign and we will give to Dr Childs as a memento.

Published: Jul 20, 2022