Dr Tim Cooke retires as partner of Botesdale Health Centre
Tim Cooke is many things: a passionate alpaca-breeder, a funny husband and a doctor at Botesdale Health Centre.
The 59-year-old, who has been caring for patients in the area for the past 27 years, has decided to give up one of his loves and will retire as a partner at the village practice.
The father-of-three, who described working at Botesdale as the highlight of his career, said: “I’ve been very lucky to have good partners and staff and very nice patients. It’s all about having a good team and being a doctor is the ultimate team sport.
“Even though I’m retiring, the surgery will continue because we’ve got a very good team and all the people have been selected for their various attributes.”
When he was younger, Dr Cooke wanted to be a vet, before deciding to look after people.
He said: “Looking back, I would do the same again. As a doctor, you get lots of sad moments, but the happy moments outweigh the bad.”
Dr Cooke, who is originally from Cambridge, hopes to spend his free time gardening, farming and looking after his 25 alpacas.
“We got alpacas because my wife knew that if we had pigs, I’d eat them. But now in retirement, I want to get some pigs,” said Dr Cooke.
Despite stepping down as a partner, he will still work once a week at the surgery.
“I’m not hanging up my boots completely,” he said. “I want to make sure I really want to give up doctoring permanently, plus my darling wife Anna has got a list of jobs for me at home as long as your arm, so I need some escape.”