Colleagues and friends gathered to recognise and celebrate the ambitions of Mr Emerton, who was originally appointed as an Accident and Emergency Consultant at North Tees in 1993, as he retired on Tuesday 29th January 2019.
In a presentation led by Andy Simpson, Emergency Medicine Consultant recollections were made of a time at the North Tees site where only one resuscitation bay existed and Mr Emerton was the only A&E Consultant.
‘Since that time the department has changed tremendously overseen by David, we now have four resuscitation bays, a completely separate paediatric area and 16 major cubicles’.
Mr Emerton leaves the Trust having undertaken duties as Clinical Director of Emergency Care for six years, across both the Stockton and Hartlepool sites, and Medical Director for a further six years during his tenure.
Mr Simpson continued ‘David carried out his role with consideration, clarity of thought, impeccable discretion and an ability to listen to all sides before making a decision’.
The celebration was attended by over 50 colleagues at the Stockton site over a lunch period. Julie Gillon, Chief Executive for the Trust addressed guests, recalling her own experiences working with Mr Emerton ‘Throughout my 18 years at this trust, David has embodied the values of our organisation, it has been a privilege to work alongside such professionalism and dedication. Our Trust will miss such energy and dedication’.
Mr Emerton thanked guests and colleagues for the support and friendships throughout his 26 years at the Trust, and spoke of retirement plans ahead, adding that although he had no immediate plans to locum, until his GMC registration expires, he may be available for emergency cover.
Since Mr Emerton joined the Trust in 1993, he and colleagues have witnessed 11 secretaries of state for health, 5 prime ministers and a host of changes for the NHS. Closing his celebration speech, he said ‘I wish all at this Trust and beyond the very best. It has been a privilege to work alongside you’.