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Watford GP, Dr Regina Zakani, hangs up her stethoscope after 18 years
A German-born general practitioner is set to retire from her post at a Watford surgery after 18 years.
Yesterday (30 August) was Dr Regina Zakani’s last day at Upton Road Surgery and staff celebrated by inviting her patients to say goodbye.
Speaking before the send-off, Dr Zakani said: "The surgery has invited some of the patients to come along and say goodbye to me in the afternoon.
"I thought it was just going to be a small thing but according to the receptionists it’s going to be a big party and they expect queues of people outside."
The GP was born and grew up in Germany, but she moved to England in 1990 aged 36. Dr Zakini said she "became a doctor quite late" and had a few jobs before training in medicine.
She was a factory worker in various places around the country but decided that becoming a doctor was what she wanted from her career. She worked in multiple hospitals before finally taking up her position as a GP in Watford.
Dr Zakani said: "In a way I am happy that I am retiring but on the other hand I am quite sad because I will miss some of the patients a lot and I think they will miss me too."
The 60-year-old lives in north Watford with her husband but the rest of her family lives in Germany. Dr Zakani said she looks forward to being able to visit her mother there more often.
Dr Zakani added: "It has been a lovely time here. I feel quite privileged to be able to contribute to the community in this way because I am not able to contribute in other ways because being a doctor takes up so much of my time. I hope I can contribute in other ways now I have retired.
"I am also looking forward to doing something for myself. I want to do more gardening, walking and get more exercise and hopefully loose a bit of weight. You don’t get to do much exercise sitting in the surgery all day."
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