A MEDICAL practice manager has retired after working for the NHS for four decades.
Glenys Gallon, who lives in Leek, has stepped down as joint manager of the Park Medical Centre in the town's Park Road.
Glenys, who was brought up in Cauldon Lowe, attended the village's school before carrying on with her studies at Westwood High School, Leek.
Leaving school at 16, she started out her working life at Leek and Westbourne Building Society, which later became Britannia Building Society.
Six months later, Glenys began her long career working for the NHS by becoming a general office administrator at Starky and Worth Dentists in Stockwell Street, Leek.
She later became a dental assistant and continued at the dentists until 1984, when she started a family with her husband Paul.
After 12 months of being a full-time mum, Glenys then started working at Stockwell Surgery, where she stayed until she retired last month.
Mother-of-two Glenys said: "I started out as a part time receptionist to fit around my young family. It was in the late 80s that I then became practice manager."
Glenys has seen many changes to Stockwell Surgery, including its merger with the Kelso Practice to become Park Medical Centre.
After almost 28 years at the surgery, Glenys said: "It was a difficult job but also a nice job as you don't know what you are going to be dealing with on a daily basis.
"My favourite part of working there was the contact with people.
"Management of staff can be challenging but also enjoyable.
"We had a good laugh but also kept things professional to do the job well."
Over the past 12 months Glenys has played an active role in the practice's purchase of the neighbouring Old Royal Oak pub which is set to allow the practice to expand.
Fifty-seven-year old Glenys decided to take early retirement due to ill health after being diagnosed with having cancer for a second time. Glenys said: "I was due to retire soon anyway but felt the time was right now, so that I can concentrate on keeping the cancer under control."
Staff, past and present, at Park Medical Centre made sure Glenys had a special send-off for her retirement by taking her for a meal at the Napoli restaurant in Leek.
Glenys said: "It was a lovely event. I was presented with beautiful flowers and very nice champagne.
"I was also given a voucher for a day at a vineyard and a four-day holiday in Edinburgh. I was very spoilt."
With her first grandchild on its way, Glenys is aiming to spend more time with her family now that she has retired.
She said: "I just want to get out and about and see the people who we have not seen in a while."