Hanging up stethoscopes after 62 years

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Two popular doctors have retired from South Queensferry Medical Practice. Dr Colin Cackette and Dr Lee Williamson have given a combined 62 years’ service to the community.

Dr Cackette came to South Queensferry in 1981 joining doctors George Mitchell, David Osler, Douglas Stuart and Jennifer Robertson. Dr Williamson joined the practice in 1983, taking the number to six.

They have seen major changes in the practice with a large increase in office staff, and the development of practice nurses, now numbering four.

Dr Cackette developed an interest in heart disease and Diabetes, and worked in the Western General Hospital. He has been 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. He has also been the local medical adviser for the RNLI lifeboat station, in his own time.

Meanwhile Dr Williamson became an expert in heart disease, management of the menopause, and the practice’s prescribing.

The work of the two highly capable and caring doctors will be a huge loss to the profession and to the local community. However, the doctors are leaving health care in South Queensferry in safe hands with the highly skilled and enthusiastic young doctors who have joined the team.