Charlie bows out

Dr Charles Allison (front left) is pictured with NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson (back centre) and colleagues at his presentation on Friday.'Staff photo
Dr Charles Allison (front left) is pictured with NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson (back centre) and colleagues at his presentation on Friday.'Staff photo

Friends and colleagues, on Friday, bid farewell to consultant anaesthetist Dr. Charlie Allison, who retired after almost four decades of NHS service with NHS Tayside.

Following his graduation from Dundee Medical School in 1975, Dr. Allison spent one year as a house officer at Stracathro Hospital before embarking on his anaesthetic training at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

In 1982 he undertook training in paediatric anaesthesia at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and on his return to Tayside a few months later he was appointed consultant anaesthetist at Stracathro Hospital. Apart from this brief spell in Canada his entire 37 year medical career has been spent looking after patients in Tayside.

Dr. Allison retires from the post of clinical leader of anaesthesia at Stracathro Hospital.

During his career, Dr. Allison held the pivotal position of joint chair of critical care, Tayside Acute Service Review and in May 2012 was appointed president of the Scottish Society of Anaesthesia.

Friends and colleagues were welcomed to his retirement celebration by consultant urologist Mr Nick Townell who shared highlights of Dr. Allison’s long and interesting career before inviting anaesthetist Dr. Jan Beveridge to present him with gifts on behalf of everyone present.

Charge nurse for anaesthetics and recovery, Dianne Mitchell, has spent 27 years working with Dr. Allison and she presented him with a floral tribute on behalf of all the nursing staff.

Mr Townell said: “Throughout Tayside, Charlie has been a hugely popular Consultant Anaesthetist. His clinical excellence, generosity of spirit and fierce loyalty has endeared him to patients, clinical colleagues and hospital management alike.

“Charlie’s priorities are his family and the welfare of his patients and colleagues as well as the Dundee Medical Golf Society which he joined in 1977 becoming secretary in 1982 a position he has held until the present day.

“There is no doubt that this is a sad day for his colleagues but they unanimously wish Charlie, his wife Elspeth and their daughters Jenny and Liz every happiness in what, they are sure, will be a very long, creative and productive retirement.”

NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson rounded off the celebration by presenting Dr Allison with NHS Tayside’s 35-year retirement vouchers and echoed all those present by wishing Dr Allison well in his retirement.

Mr Watson said: “Dr. Charlie Allison is a well respected anaesthetist and as President of the Scottish Society of Anaesthesia has been recognised as such by his peers.

“On behalf of NHS Tayside I would like to take this opportunity to wish Charlie and his family all the very best in the future.”

In his retirement Dr Allison plans to put his new found leisure time to good use by spending more time on his hobbies of golf, travel, photography, walking, gardening - and even more golf!