A PRESTONPANS Health Centre GP has left her job after contracting Covid-19.

Dr Amy Small announced her departure last month on the health centre’s website, saying the decision had been made “with huge sadness”.

The message continued: “I am devastated to be unable to return to my beloved practice and work; and deeply saddened that I have not been able to say any form of farewell to any of my patients, given my sudden onset illness and unforeseen departure now.

“The last 10 years have been an absolute joy – and I am very proud of what we have achieved together as a practice in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. It has been a privilege to be your GP.

“As I continue to suffer from the ongoing symptoms of what is now recognised as ‘Long Covid’, I do not know what my own future holds.

“In the first instance, my priority will be to hopefully recover my own physical health over time – and then to be able to resume my vocation in due course.

“As the second wave of Covid-19 unfolds, I urge you all to take great care, follow the guidance in staying safe – and to look after those you love. I will miss you all, and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your messages of kindness during my sickness absence, and for your trust in my care as your GP over the last decade.”

Angela Stirling, practice manager, said: “We are saddened that, after a prolonged period of illness, Dr Small was unable to return to work at the practice.

“The remaining team continue to work hard to provide safe and effective care for the Prestonpans community through these difficult times.”