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Sex change gynaecologist retiring
Colin Bone
Colin Bone is to cover his role until a successor is found
A medical director of a Norfolk hospital undergoing a sex change has announced he is to retire.

Colin Bone, a consultant gynaecologist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, is taking daily hormone doses.

The 60-year-old who will be known as Miss Celia Macleod said his retirement at the end of March is for tax reasons.

He announced that he will cover his administrative role until a successor is appointed and will continue to work part-time as a consultant.

Mr Bone said: "My decision to retire now is prompted solely by tax reasons related to my pension, which would make it advantageous to retire before the start of the new financial year.

Contour change

"I have been medical director for more than three years and it has been a fantastic experience."

Ruth May, hospital chief executive, said: "Colin has made a valuable contribution to the hospital during his time as medical director and has been responsible for helping to introduce many significant improvements to our services."

He has been taking the hormone oestrogen which changes the body contour and is yet to decide whether to undergo facial and genital surgery.

"Following the announcement he was inundated with messages of goodwill and support from former patients and colleagues alike in West Norfolk and from around the world," the hospital said.

Mr Bone, who has been married for 35 years and has a son, said his family was "incredibly supportive".

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