Editor’s Note: The following letter is from Dr. Steven Broadbent, a British-trained physician who hopes to move to Clearwater with his family later this month.
Editor, The Times:
Let me introduce myself first.
My name is Steven Broadbent, I’m 37 years of age and was raised by my father, Michael (who interestingly, very nearly joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and my mother Christine in one of England’s largest cities, Leeds, in a suburb called Headingley, which is world-famous for its cricket pitch.
I have a brother called Robert who is a dentist and we come from a non-medical background. My father Michael was a serving policeman with a West Yorkshire police specialising in traffic and my mother Christine worked for HSBC Bank.
I married to Sarah, who I met whilst working in Leicester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency Department whilst she was a trauma sister, and we have two little girls Harriet, aged six, and Charlotte, aged 18 months. Sarah set up a nursing and residential home and has now decided to return to the NHS where she works in the local eye clinic.
I studied at Leicester University Medical School, where, after several stints in Accident and Emergency Departments I taught medical students for six months. I then had a very varied career covering many different surgical specialties until I decided to become a family doctor.
I do not regret the time I’ve spent doing lots of different disciplines, as when I was working as a full-time partner in Masham, North Yorkshire, we were quite isolated in comparison to the rest of the population in the UK due to our geography. I was used to working with a rural community and also living amongst the people that I served.
Harriet attends our local Church Of England Primary School and is currently in Year 1 under the care of Mrs Fitton the Maths Guru. Harriet enjoys the country life and is especially fond of learning to horse ride at the moment , although I am trying to foster my love of skiing in her, which I am pleased to say seems to be rubbing off after our last escapades in Zermatt, Switzerland!
We are looking forward to Clearwater, especially the opportunity to do some outdoor pursuits such as running, mountain biking and skiing.
We all look forward to seeing you!