A Ripley GP has decided to swap bandages for brass as he bows out of the medical profession after 30 years to devote more time to teaching music to children.
Dr Ian Tooley, 54, from Arnold, has been a general practitioner at Ripley Medical Centre for the last 14 years having started there in 2000, and before that working in Ilkeston at Littlewick Medical Centre.
Despite spending long hours in his Ripley surgery and being out and about making house calls throughout the week, he still found the time to teach brass instruments to schoolchildren, as well as lending his medical expertise in a legal role in court tribunal services.
Reflecting on his time at Ripley Medical Centre Dr Tooley said despite it being hard work he wouldn’t have changed anything about it.
“It’s been real hard work and long hours, but the thing that has made this job possible is the people of Ripley who I work with on a daily basis.
“They’re a lovely bunch of people and I’ve really enjoyed working with them all on a daily basis.
“They’ve made it worth the many hours of paperwork I’ve done of the years.”
Deputy practice manager Shirley Ford spoke highly of Dr Tooley. She said: “He’s been here for years now and he’s very well liked by patients and staff alike and it’s going to be very sad to see him leave.”
When asked what he would be doing following his departure from the centre Dr Tooley laughed off the suggestion that retirement loomed.
He said “Let’s just call it a change of direction.
“I’d like to devote more time to teaching brass instruments to schoolchildren as it’s something I very much enjoy doing.”
Ripley Medical Centre is the oldest practice in Ripley being over 100 years old and was previously situated on Cromford Road and known as Scarsdale Surgery.
It’s open 8am-6.30pm Monday - Friday.