A DUDLEY GP is hanging up his stethoscope after 37 years and an amazing 185,000 consultations with patients.

Dr Joginder Pall will retire from practice at his surgery in Tinchbourne Street on Tuesday April 1 after nearly four decades in the town.

His is son, Dr Dinesh Pall, will take over leadership at the surgery, where he has worked alongside his father for the past six years.

Dr Pall senior studied medicine in India before becoming one of Dudley’s longest-serving docs, playing a key role in major medical developments.

His surgery pioneered the use of computer technology for record keeping back in the 1980s and he was a key advisor in planning for Russells Hall Hospital.

The well-known medic, aged 69, is going to take a month off before considering his next project, which he says may include voluntary work.

Whatever the future brings Dr Pall is certain he will continue to live in the area where he has helped thousands of people feel better.

He said: “I love Dudley and I will be staying in Dudley, I live here and I will die here.”