Retirement tea party as popular St Peter’s medical director retires

June 09 2015
Retirement tea party as popular St Peter’s medical director retires

Retirement tea party as popular St Peter’s medical director retires

Hundreds of friends of St Peter’s Hospice in Westbury, Henleaze and throughout Bristol have been saying their farewells to Medical Director Dr Carole Dacombe who has retired after 25 years of service.

A special retirement tea party was held at the hospice in Brentry where Dr Dacombe (61) paid tribute to the “huge commitment” by staff at St Peter’s to the people of Bristol.

“The people of Bristol have in turn given that commitment back to the hospice by supporting us,” she said.

“We only get about 20 per cent funding from the NHS and the rest comes from the people of Bristol.”

She also praised the support she had received throughout her career from her husband David and their children Peter, a trainee orthopaedic surgeon, and Jenny, a dietician.

She added: “I have learned from every single patient I have met. I have learned from them as human beings, and from their family relationships and how they work together to deal with the difficult situation they are in.

“You continue to be amazed by people’s courage and resilience, and their amazing ability to deal with their situation, even when they don’t think that they can deal with it.”

Simon Caraffi CEO St Peters Hospice, which caters for more than 870,000 people in the Bristol area, said that there were mixed emotions at Dr Dacombe’s departure

“There is sadness at the departure of one of the most significant individuals in the life of St Peter’s,” he said, “but also pleasure in being able to celebrate Carole’s wonderful achievements.

“During her time at St Peter’s she has been involved in caring for tens of thousands of patients with life-limiting illness, and it is no exaggeration therefore to say that she has made a huge personal contribution to the well-being of the people of Greater Bristol. Carole has personified professional excellence, boundless energy and selfless commitment.

“There are numerous doctors, nurses and other health professionals who have benefited from her tuition and guidance, and all of us at St Peter’s will miss her.

“But equally we want to wish her a supremely well-deserved, long and healthy retirement – knowing Carole we doubt it will be relaxing!”

Dr Dacombe’s successor as Medical Director at St Peter’s is Dr Anjali Mullick who comes to Bristol from St Joseph’s Hospice in the London Borough of Hackney where she was Clinical Lead.

Dr Mullick qualified from Cardiff University in 2000. She completed her specialist training in palliative medicine in 2008 and joined St Joseph’s as a consultant that year. She has a Master in the Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care and has a special interest in training health professionals in advanced communication skills.