An INFLUENTIAL doctor has retired from a South Yorkshire hospital after a quarter-century of service.
Dr Mary Holt, consultant rheumatologist at Rotherham Hospital has retired 25 years after becoming the first rheumatologist appointed at the hospital in 1985.
She was instrumental in the development of the rheumatology department which grew significantly under her leadership and now includes three other rheumatology consultants and a specialist registrar.
Speaking at an event held by the hospital trust to mark her retirement, Dr Holt said she was delighted to see everyone turn out in her honour.
“I see retirement as a very special time but I am still a little sad to be moving on,” she said.
“I am glad to have met some wonderful people through my time at the trust and Rotherham will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Rotherham Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust praised Dr Holt for providing exemplary rheumatologic care to patients as well as gaining an influential national profile and being the leading UK consultant on a major European-funded research project.
Dr James Maxwell, rheumatology consultant at Rotherham, said: “Dr Holt’s contribution has been immense.”