When Dr Richard Hughes retired this month, after more than 30 years at Hanway Medical Practice, the surgery was deluged with calls from patients wanting to say goodbye.
The practice decided to open on a Saturday afternoon for a special session to allow patients to see Dr Hughes. Staff had intended to open for two hours, but ended up running a four-hour session.
Practice manager Denise Fenton told GP: 'We knew he was very popular, but this is something we'll never see again. It was like people queuing up to see the pope.
Dr Hughes (centre) at the special goodbye session
She added: 'We opened a quarter of an hour before schedule at 1.45pm on the Saturday and didn't close the doors until 5.45pm. It was very busy, but it was lovely.'