Harold says farewell to Airedale after 20 years
A local consultant is retiring from Airedale Hospital after 20 years at the Trust.
Dr Harold Hosker, a consultant in respiratory and general medicine who works on Airedale’s acute medical unit (AMU), joined Airedale in 1997, having trained in Newcastle, and subsequently worked in Leeds, Hull, Hong Kong and Burnley.
As well as working at Airedale, Harold is an honorary senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Leeds and, until recently, was district lead for tuberculosis at Airedale Trust, and ran the district specialist asthma service. He is deputy medical director for clinical performance and the Trust’s Responsible Officer, supporting other consultants and non-training doctors with their professional revalidation.
In his spare time, Harold enjoys cycling and walking in the Dales and is looking forward to being able to do more of this. He has completed 3 triathlons and a marathon in the past 3 years and has run the great north run 15 times. Following his retirement, he and his wife Gail hope to spend more time in their cottage in Brittany, and to improve their French.
Harold says: ”It has been a real privilege working with such a fantastic team. I am very proud to have served local people for the last 20 years and will miss the staff at the hospital enormously when I go.
“I know our community will be left in good hands. Airedale Hospital continues to thrive and will keep on providing excellent care long into the future.”
Although Harold retired officially on 31 August, he will be back in the autumn to do one day a week to support the hospital over the busy winter months. He will retire fully early in the new year.