AN Oswaldtwistle doctor has retired.

Dr Gullam Bhat, a general practitioner at Higher Heys Surgery, in Heys Lane, hung up his stethoscope yesterday after 23 years.

The 73-year-old moved to the UK from Kashmir more than 30 yeara ago, and worked in Scotland before working at Rhyddings Surgery, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

His daughter, Dr Aliya Bhat also works at the surgery.

The surgery has a 3.5 star rating out of five on the NHS Choices website, based on 11 ratings.