Retired Stracathro consultant Dr Charles Allison is about to complete his year as president of the Scottish Society of Anaesthetists, founded in 1914 and the oldest national anaesthetic society in the world.
The Society will celebrate its centenary in February next year with a two-day international meeting at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and a dinner at the Balmoral Hotel.
Its founding meeting was held at the original Balmoral Hotel, now a Primark store on Princes Street, but the “new Balmoral” (formerly the North British Hotel) was reckoned to be a better venue for the event!
During his year Dr Allison has presided over the Society’s annual gathering at Crieff and the scientific meeting held jointly with the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCA) in Dundee.
He was invited to an Royal College of Medicine event in London, which included a debate and a soiree on a Thames barge, and will shortly go down to the launch of the RCA’s Safer Anaesthesia from Education initiative, to be attended by its patron HRH The Princess Royal.
Dr Allison’s successor in May will be Dr Neil Mackenzie from Dundee, who has happily, for many years, come up for weekly sessions at Stracathro.