A message from Dr Haynes




On 19 of July, our friend and colleague, Dr Stephen Haynes will be retiring after 30 years as a GP. Dr Haynes has kindly written a few words about his impressive career for us to share with you.


If you have been lucky enough to have been treated by or worked with Dr Haynes at any point over the last 30 years you will know that he will be irreplaceable. Saying that, fear not, we have several new and established GPs who will be taking over his patients and additional responsibilities.

Banbury Cross Health Centre will not be the same without him, but he assures us that he will be back to help out in the not-too-distant future.

We wish him all the best and thank him for his incredible service to the patients of Banbury.


Dr Haynes says;

I started at West Bar Surgery on 18 July 1994 having worked as a Junior Doctor in Orthopaedics for 2½ years, and then seeing ‘the light’ and switching to General Practice. My GP training year was in Maidenhead where several of the Partners knew the Partners at West Bar Surgery and were able to give me a reference. We had to go through one informal interview and two formal interviews for the role as Partner. I joined as the 8th Partner to replace Dr Michael Aldous with Dr Robert Gilchrist being the Senior Partner at the time.

The initial months were chaotic. I commuted from Maidenhead each day for the first two weeks and then we moved into our new house. Two months later our third son was born at the Horton Hospital. All this whist working 5 days a week, plus every fourth Saturday, and one night a week. I shall always be grateful for the wise words of my senior colleagues over those first few years.

I was quickly encouraged to take joint responsibility for Fundholding with Dr David Baugh , and by 2000 I had become a GP Trainer, and Medical Officer at Bloxham School to replace Dr Roger Shapley on his retirement. Other roles in those ‘early‘ years included being a Clinical Assistant in Cardiology one morning a week at The Horton Hospital , and becoming a GP Appraiser when the system was first introduced in the early 2000s.

In 2009 with Dr John Tasker as Senior Partner we moved out of the cramped premises at West Bar and into the building at South Bar House, Horsefair Surgery becoming our very near neighbours on the floor below.

After the merger of three practices to form Banbury Cross Health Centre in 2019 I became Clinical Lead, and then PCN Clinical Director. I have also kept myself busy in the past ten years as Education Officer, then President and now Treasurer of the Medical Officers of Schools Association through my role at Bloxham School, as well as continuing to train new GPs at West Bar Surgery and supervising GP Trainees in Out Of Hours.

I am grateful to all my colleagues whom I have worked with over the years , and to the patients whom it has been a privilege to look after and get to know over such a long time. Thank you for all the kinds words over recent weeks the news of my impending retirement has spread.

My aim is to spend some time with my family and a holiday this summer , and then return to BCHC in a more ‘flexible’ way giving me time for some golf and cycling as well as continuing as a Doctor.

From us all, your second family at Banbury Cross Health Centre, it will not be the same without you.

We wish him all the best and thank him for his incredible service to the patients of Banbury.

Published: Jul 10, 2024