Chirnside doctor bids an emotional farewell

CHIRNSIDE said an emotional farewell this week to one of the village's doctors who has been caring for local people for over 25 years.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:32 pm

Dr Dick Fowles has been a GP in Chirnside since 1985 but yesterday, Wednesday, March 31, was his last day at the Chirnside Medical Practice.

He is heading south to Yorkshire where he is joining a much bigger GP practice and will also be honorary clinical tutor at the Hull York Medical School - something he is looking forward to.

The remaining doctor at Chirnside Medical Practice, Dr McAllister decided that running the practice with just one GP was not tenable and so has joined with one of the medical practices at Duns and together they are now called the Merse Medical Practice.

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While looking forward to the challenge to his new role teaching medical students as well as working as a GP, Dr Fowles has some regrets about leaving the Borders.

Explaining why he decided to leave Dr Fowles said: "It's because Chirnside was awarded a pharmacy that it didn't need and part of my funding came from the dispensary at the practice that we have now had to close.

"The economics meant that I had to find another job. It's a good thing that's come out of this though, and it's a new challenge for me."

On Tuesday, Chirnside community hall was packed to the doors as local people, who had raised 2,863, came together to wish Dr Fowles and his wife Joyce all the best for their new life, and present them with a painting by Lyn Rodgie.

A patient at the practice asked about making a donation towards a farewell gift for Dr Fowles and thanks to the efforts of Annette and Tony Steinman it snowballed.