Couple a huge loss to their profession

Dr Lee Williamson and Dr Colin Cackette celebrate their retirement
Dr Lee Williamson and Dr Colin Cackette celebrate their retirement
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TWO popular doctors, who have given a combined 62 years of service to their local community, have retired from South Queensferry Medical Practice.

Dr Colin Cackette and Dr Lee Williamson’s, described as “highly capable and caring”, are said to be a “a huge loss to the profession and to the local community”.

Dr Cackette first arrived in South Queensferry in 1981, followed by Dr Williamson in 1983. Over the next three decades they both witnessed major changes in the health care system and in their own practice, with South Queensferry Medical Centre moving to larger premises ten years ago and becoming fully computerised. The centre has also seen large increases in staffing numbers and in development of practice nurses.

Dr Williamson became an expert in heart disease, the management of the menopause, and the practice’s prescribing. A spokeswoman for South Queensferry Medical Centre said: “Her diligent and methodical approach will be sorely missed.”

Over the same period Dr Cackette, who also came to work in the Metabolic Unit at the Western General Hospital, developed an interest in heart disease and diabetes.

The spokeswoman said: “He brought considerable expertise to the practice which benefitted Queensferry patients immensely.”

Dr Cackette was previously Diabetic Lead GP for North West Edinburgh, and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of his contribution to General Practice in South Queensferry and the Lothians.

As if this wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he also acted as the local medical adviser for the RNLI lifeboat station during his spare time.

Dr Cackette said: “I’d like to express my gratitude to the people I have worked with over the years, both in South Queensferry and in other hospitals throughout the Lothians, especially the Western General. I have been privileged to be part of such great teams, who have done amazing work over the years.

“It seems these days that you only ever hear bad news stories about health and the health service itself but I can confidently say that the health service we have now is far superior to the one I started working in, especially in terms of patient care.

“It is most certainly not on the verge of collapse and NHS Lothian in particular does a far better job than it is often given credit for. I’m very grateful for the time I have spent working here.”

The South Queensferry Medical Centre spokeswoman added: “A succession of highly-skilled and enthusiastic young doctors have joined the team and the two retiring doctors are leaving health care in South Queensferry in safe hands. However, both of these highly capable and caring doctors will be a huge loss to the profession and to the local community.”