So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu, goodbye…….good luck messages have been pouring in to mark the retirement of Dr Adrian Dighe today.
Adrian, who is Sirona’s Consultant Community Paediatrician (Paediatric Audiology), has worked for the NHS for 36 years, first coming to Bath and North East Somerset in 2008. He was one of five Sirona stars named in last month’s organisational awards and an official presentation takes place this afternoon.
Jenny Theed, our Director of Operations and Nursing, said: “I have worked with Adrian for over five years and his passion and commitment to the children he has cared for over these years is outstanding. He has worked with his dedicated paediatric audiology team to build a service that has been recognised both locally and nationally as exceptionally high performing in ensuring children with hearing difficulties received timely assessment and treatments.
“Without his drive and passion I have little doubt that we would not have been able to convince commissioners to invest a large amount of capital to build the dedicated paediatric audiology suite at St Martin’s Hospital in Bath which will be a fitting legacy to remind us all of his contribution to children within Bath and North East Somerset. We wish him well in his retirement and thank him on behalf of children and families in this area – a true Sirona star.”
Pat Monks, Adrian’s secretary, said: “ I have worked with Adrian as the audiology secretary since January this year. My previous employment history was very different in terms of my role and sector and I certainly had no audiology/medical experience. From the day I started Adrian has been nothing but very supportive and generous with his time and knowledge. I have gained a lot of knowledge from Adrian and have enjoyed my time as his secretary immensely. I would like to wish Adrian a very well deserved retirement and Adrian go have some fun. With my very best wishes and thanks for being a great person to work with.”
Nikki Vincent, audiometrician, said: “Adrian, you have worked tirelessly to ensure that the paediatric audiology team have given the community a “gold standard” service. You are leaving the team in good hands and have left us with an amazing audiology suite to enable us to keep moving forward. Thank you. I wish you a stress free retirement!!”
Vicky Mainstone, Local Manager for the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, said: “Dr Dighe has been a champion for the newborn hearing screening programme. He has made a huge impact on the lives and development of children diagnosed with hearing loss and their families across B&NES, Wiltshire and Mendip and he is going to be hugely missed by all of them. I have worked closely with Adrian for many years now and feel privileged to have had him as a mentor and friend. I wish him all the very best.”
Andrew Guest, Audiologist, added: “Adrian will be greatly missed by families and colleagues alike. His contribution to paediatric audiology in the region has been immense. Adrian combined a wealth of paediatric knowledge and experience with passion and dedication to serve the local community. He has guided and shaped the paediatric audiology service into something we, as a department, can all be proud of for many years to come.”