A long-serving doctor has retired after 22 years working within local mental health and learning disability services in Lincolnshire.
Staff Grade Psychiatrist at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), Dr Kuthethoor Sudhakar Shetty, worked in Boston and Spalding for more than two decades before retiring at the end of July.
Dr Shetty came to the UK in 1978 and started practising in orthopaedics at St George’s Hospital in Lincoln.
He worked in numerous hospitals in the county before moving to Virginia, USA, in 1993 to start a career in psychiatry, but just two years later he returned to Lincolnshire.
After retiring he will now reunite with his family – his wife, two daughters and their families – in the USA.
He said: “I returned to Lincolnshire in 1995 without my family, which was a very hard decision for me to make and at times I found this very stressful. I have had to sacrifice a few things in my life but I have had a wonderful journey with the NHS working in Boston and Spalding.
“I am very humbled by all the support I have received over the years. I have seen many changes within the NHS during my career and hope the mental health services will continue to prosper for many years to come offering our patients the care and treatment they so deserve.
“I would definitely encourage people to think about careers in psychiatry and without hesitation, I would recommend LPFT as a place of work.
“I would like to thank all my colleagues, nurses, doctors, consultants, secretaries, receptionists and medical HR team that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years, who have always been fully supportive and helpful.”
Medical Director at LPFT, Dr Sue Elcock, said: “Dr Shetty will be greatly missed by those who have received his care and many colleagues who have worked with him over the years. I’d like to thank him for his commitment to mental health services and wish him all the very best for the future.”