Poole Lifeboat crew gave a fond farewell and huge thanks to Dr John Prosser who has been the volunteer lifeboat medical adviser for Poole Lifeboat for the past 30 years.
Dr John has been a Poole – based general practitioner covering two surgeries at Alder Hills and Hennings Park Road, but now a new adventure beckons as he heads down under emigrating to Australia, he’s a keen sailor and the crew wish him a safe passage.
Poole volunteer, Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Glatzel presented Dr John with a framed picture of Poole’s past and present lifeboats and a bottle of vintage wine. The traditional ‘Thanks from the Institution Inscribed on Vellum’ recognising the volunteering commitment will be ‘shipped down under’ in due course.
Dr Prosser has carried out hundreds of routine RNLI medicals for the volunteer crew over the years and has helped with training and moral, he had big boots to fill when he started as he took on the role from ‘Doc Adams’.
Poole lifeboat volunteer Jonathan Clark said;
‘To be lifeboat crew we all have to pass a medical and it’s not as scary as it sounds, to be on the crew you do need to be physically fit due to the extremes of weather and sea conditions that we are exposed to whilst out on the boats, a health assessment, is to keep up safe and fit for our role. Dr John has always made the assessments easy for us as, in finding time for the volunteers to get an appointment at his surgeries, I know as I have had a fair few over the years, we all wish him well and thank him for his unstinting support’.
Dr Prosser’s successors have stepped forward and the station is very fortunate to have the services of four local doctors.
Dr Matt Thomas, Dr Helen Gilchrist, Dr Fiona Macdonald and Dr Emma Fall, all are getting involved at the station and planning medical exercises and scenario’s and some are about to partake in their casualty care courses at the Lifeboat College.