Dr Charles Forsyth

Nutritional Physician

 
 

I RETIRED AT THE END OF NOVEMBER 2019


In the summer of 2017 I decided I was ready to start moving consciously towards retirement.  I realised I would be 65 in 2019 and the time had come to shift the emphasis of my life to those areas that have been overshadowed by my passion for my medical work.  At first I was considering full retirement by the end of 2018, with a marked reduction in workload in 2018, but as the months rolled on I decided on a trial of just cutting back to just two clinics a week from 2019 onwards, with frequent holidays and one extended break for the months of May and June, the longest I had taken off since I started my practice in 1981.  By the end of that two months of holiday I realised that the time had come to stop - a mere two months of freedom was nowhere near long enough! 


My difficulty has always been that I am a medical generalist and rather too enthusiastic, curious and conscientious, and want to know and understand too much about too many fields - for my own good.  The result has been that I have allowed medicine to dominate my life for the last 44 years.  So I decided the time had come for me to move into the next chapter of my life and give more time to the many other things that I am passionate about while I still can.


As part of my plan, I gave up my General Medical Council (GMC) License to Practice at the end of November 2018 - in order to reduce my workload and expenses.


Clinics - my last clinic was on Thursday 21st November 2019


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My secretary Janet no longer works for me since I have retired.  My wife Georgina and I will answer any voice or email messages as and when we can, but email may be more reliable.  If you have not heard back from us, or it is particularly urgent, please ring or text my mobile.  Please note that we have discontinued our home landline (01737 248605).


Finding a New Doctor

Since mid-2017, I have been trying to find a suitable medical doctor to hand my practice over to, ideally joining me as a trainee initially, but alas, I have not succeeded.  This is despite having started the South East Ecological Medicine Study Group in 2016 and seen the medical membership progressively grow to its current level of 14, 5 of whom have been mainstream consultants.  All but two of the group are relatively early in their ecological medicine training, and none of them have been in a position to join me.  The West Surrey and West Sussex Homeopathic Study Group, which I started 19 years ago, has had a diminishing number of doctor members, due to retirement, and sadly they have not been replaced by doctors training in homeopathic medicine, such has been the state of homeopathy in the UK for the last 10 years or so.  So, I am afraid I am having to leave my patients to find another doctor themselves.  Please see Finding A New Doctor for some suggestions of other medical and non-medical colleagues who work in London or the South East.


Your Medical Records

Your medical records will be kept for 8 years from the date of your last consultation, while those of patients seen as children will be kept until their 26th birthday - these are legal requirements.  If you wish to have a copy of any sections of your records, please let me know - but allow plenty of time for this as my wife and I may be away for long periods of time, and copying patient records is time consuming and not as straightforward as it might seem.  We will have to make a charge for the time and special delivery postage involved - there are few files that weight less than half a kilo, and many are divided between two or three folders and may weigh 1.5 - 2kg.  Please remember that you will be in possession of all the detailed emails I have sent you following our consultations and copies of all investigation results for tests ordered by me - these form the bulk of your records with me.  I am not able to supply you with the the original documents, for medico-legal reasons.

MY RETIREMENT PLANS