Middleton GP, Dr Lestner, passes away

It is with great sadness that Lingwell Croft Surgery, Middleton announces that Dr Lestner passed away, yesterday, 8 August 2019.

Ken says

“Not my Surgery, but everyone speaks highly of this Doctor. RIP Doctor Lestner.”

Gary Pearson Says

“This man saved my life when I was in my deepest bout of depression. He was the only doctor that would listen to me and helped me get the help I needed. He will be a great loss to the surgery.”

Laura Walker Says

“So sad as he was such a lovely man! He had respect and time for his patients. It seems cruel that after saving so many lives his was taken too soon!
I hope his family take comfort in knowing that he was so well respected within the community and a true gent!”

Janet Drury Says

“Kindest regards to Dr Lestner’s family and friends from myself as a patient of Lingwell Croft but also as one of the Chemotherapy nurses who looked after him during treatment. From all the Nurses on J80 our condolences are with you x”


23 Replies to “Middleton GP, Dr Lestner, passes away”

  1. He was an amazing doctor! He was the only one at Lingwell Croft that listened to me and took me seriously. Very sad news and you will be sadly missed. Fly high .

  2. He wasn’t my doctor unfortunately but met him on quite a number of occasions in my job as a carer he always had time for the elderly in the community and he was my mums doctor and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him regarding her care,Just one top bloke he will be missed

  3. He was a truly remarkable doctor, he saved my sons life many years ago without him going above and beyond i dread to think what would of happened. My heart goes out to his family and colleagues. R.I.P DR LESTNER you will be missed by many. X

  4. This man got my mum through the darkest time in her life and I know 100% I wouldn’t have my mum with me today if it wasn’t for how dedicated and amazing he was at his profession. Rest in peace Dr Lestner, I can’t thank you enough for making my mum believe in herself ♡

  5. The only doctor I have ever trusted and he helped me through the death of my son. Went above and beyond to help me and listen. A fantastic doctor and a true gent. Truly irreplaceable and will be deeply missed.

  6. RIP Dr Lestner without his help and support I would not been able to conceive my children – fly high you will be greatly missed

  7. He was a great doctor and will be missed by many.
    My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
    RIP Dr Lestner

  8. Was a fantastic doctor and looked after me and listen to me and knew something was wrong i was very poorly 2 years ago and dr lestner did not send me away he sent me to hospital gone too soon rip xxxxx

  9. Such sad news a wonderful caring doctor, he was so understanding with my husband who has severe arthritis, our sympathy to his family at this sad time, may he rest in peace. X

  10. ive been privileged to receive care from this amazing doctor for many years..R.I.P DR Lestner.

  11. A wonderful and caring GP,helped me A lot through my illnesses,
    Will be missed dearly ,sympathy to his family and friends RIP,

  12. He was my doc when I was at this practice I used t c him at the old holbeck surgery too what a lovely man he was always had time for you he got t the bottom of a lot of my health issues no one else bothers too so so sad a sad loss my heart goes out to his family xxripxx doc you will b missed

  13. Dr Lestner was an amazing Dr and a very compassionate man who made the time to listen to his patients and treat them all with dignity and will be greatly missed.
    My thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time

  14. Words cannot express how sad I am on hearing that Dr Lestner has passed away. He was my Doctor for many years and also looked after my mum (who was secretly in love with him) until she too passed away. He was gentle, kind, compassionate, a good listener and above all a very professional and well respected GP.
    I send my condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues. He will be remembered by me always as a gentle soul, the good die young they say and in his case, it is true. RIP.

  15. We want to join with everyone who knew Dr Lestner he truly was a very special person, kind, caring and very very human. We have known him since he started at the Ring Road surgery run at the time by Dr Pinkerton, and Dr Sorkins and he never changed he was always smiling as if even though you were a patient he was glad to see you. Our heart felt sympathy to all his family, may he rest in peace we will never forget you. Marlene and Peter Dale

  16. Great man, great doctor. He took care of my wife illnesses for 22 years.
    Our thoughts and prayers are for the family. He will never be forgotten.
    Raf & Linda

  17. Really lovely man took time for you, miss him no one could take his place, loved him RIP

  18. Dr Lestner holds a special place in my heart. Years ago, as a 20 year old girl in an abusive relationship I became very sick in pregnancy. It took a lot of courage to see a doctor but when I did, I was so lucky it was Dr Lestner. I had become severely malnourished and he showed great concern and insisted I go straight to hospital. After an unhelpful call to ambulance, Dr Lestner took me to the hospital himself and handed over directly to another doctor. I later learned he had called the hospital the next day to see if I was OK.
    It was thanks Dr Lestner that my life turned around that day and I am now a very happy healthy mother of two.
    I will never forget Dr Lestner. He showed me Compassion and made me believe I was worth more than I was tolerating. As someone who doesn’t have any parents myself, he was the only person that cared for me at that time and I am so lucky to have met him.
    Truly a wonderful man that the world will miss.

    1. That a lovely story, thanks for writing. I hope you are doing well now, all credit to you.

  19. I regarded Richard as a friend he helped and advised me about my diabetes , kind caring and very understanding . I will miss him as will the Lingwell staff . No more pain good friend RIP dear friend Ian B

  20. So sad hearing this sad news
    Dr lestner was an amazing doctor when my mum was diagniosed with terminal cancer he came to visit on several occasions spending time with her & us as a family
    Also after mum passed away he was there for my dad who was struggling and put him in touch with organisations to help him
    RIP lovely man x

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