A retired surgeon has stepped down as the lead governor of the James Paget University Hospital

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Hugh Sturzaker, who has played a key role in local healthcare for almost 40 years, has been serving on the NHS trust’s council of governors since 2006.

The retired surgeon was thanked for his hard work and dedication at a governors’ meeting on Friday.

Mr Sturzaker, who retired in 2005, was appointed as a general surgeon with an interest in bowel surgery, but went on to establish the breast care unit as well as introducing several new operations and the setting up of laparoscopic surgery for general surgical condition.

In 2007, he published his first book James Paget Hospital: The First 25 Years’ and recently published a second biographical book on Sir James Paget: Surgeon Extraordinary and His Legacies.

David Wright, chairman, said: “Hugh Sturzaker has been a feature of the life in and around the health service in Yarmouth and Waveney, for getting on for four decades.

“In all his interactions with people Hugh is unfailingly courteous and yet focussed on what he believes are the key issues. He has been an outstanding servant of the patients and the trust and we will all miss him enormously, but I am encouraged by the fact that he still lives locally and no doubt will from time to time attend public meetings of the council and in so doing continue to keep us on our toes.”

“Thousands of our patients and their families unknowingly have cause to be grateful to Hugh for his determination to ensure that we focus on the best care possible. We wish him well in his second ‘retirement’ and his continued work with the cultural and historic life of Yarmouth.”

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