Brechin GP retires after long medical career

Pictured: Doctor Duff has retired after more than 30 years in the medical profession.
Pictured: Doctor Duff has retired after more than 30 years in the medical profession.

Brechin GP Dr Ross Duff has retired after a lengthy career in medicine.

Dr Duff was educated in Tain and went on to study medicine in Aberdeen, where he graduated in 1977. He worked in Stracathro and Aberdeen before coming to Brechin in 1980.

He joined Doctors Andrews and Edwards in Brechin Health Centre, and he was also the doctor to the local schools during that decade.

During his working tenure in Brechin, Dr Duff was the medical officer at Brechin Infirmary for 32 years.

The GP, who had a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology, continued to study during his medical career, and in 2001 he obtained a Diploma in Primary Care Rheumatology with distinction from Bath University.

He later went on to work with consultant rheumatologist Dr K. Morley in the Angus clinics, held in Arbroath, Forfar and Brechin, from 1996 until 2004 where he returned full-time to general practice.

During his medical career, Dr Duff was involved in the Angus Community Services and Redesign Board, and has been a very active figure in opposing moves to downgrade, or close, community hospitals - in particular Brechin Infirmary.

And he was somewhat of a pioneer in his career. He introduced blood pressure and cholesterol screening to Brechin in 1981 - long before it became standard practice across the country.

Alongside Dr Robert Martin, Dr Duff organised the amalgamation of the two separate Brechin practices to become the unified Brechin Medical Practice in the mid 1980’s.

Unfortunately, he suffered from depression during the past few years, which became more severe during last winter, forcing him to take time out during the last few months of his career.

Dr Duff has extended thanks to his colleagues for all their support over the years, particularly the last one.

He would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to his many patients for being unable to say goodbye personally, and to thank them for giving him a fascinating and rewarding career as a family doctor.

Dr Duff is now looking forward to having more time to pursue his interests in golf, skiing, curling, sailing, hill walking, and travelling, and spending more time with his wife, Shirley, his four children and two grandchildren.