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Fond farewell to medical director

Friends and colleagues came together this week to say farewell to the hospital’s medical director, Mr Robert Talbot. 

Robert has been at the trust for 28 years as a consultant general and colorectal surgeon, and has held the post of medical director for the last nine years. The event was an opportunity to extend the hospital’s appreciation and thanks to Robert for his long service and dedication. 

Looking back over his career, Robert said: “I’m so grateful to everyone that came to this event, Poole Hospital is a fabulous place and it’s been a huge privilege to work here. I’ve loved my time at the hospital and wouldn’t want to do anything differently - it’s been hard work but so rewarding.”

Debbie Fleming, chief executive, said: "Over the years, patients across the whole of Dorset have benefited considerably from Robert’s skill and expertise, and his commitment to improving patient care. 

“Since joining the trust in 1989, Robert has played a critical role in developing colorectal services; he has also played a vital part in the development of cancer services, having held the post of lead clinician for the Dorset Cancer Network for many years.  

“On a personal basis, I am very grateful to Robert for his support to me since my appointment as chief executive, and for his leadership over a very turbulent period in the life of the trust," continued Debbie.  

"Robert should be very proud of his achievements over a long and distinguished career, and there is no doubt that he will be sadly missed when he steps down at the end of the year.”

Steve Erskine, chairman, said: “Robert has dedicated his working life to the NHS and been loyal servant to its principles. I would like to thank him, on behalf of the Board, for his dedication, commitment and unerring focus on patient care and wish him well in the future.”

Robert was joined at the event by his wife Andrea, daughter Julia and grandson Freddie. He intends to use his retirement to travel, and spend more time with his family. 

Dr Angus Wood taking up the medical director post in the New Year.

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