SENIOR partner Mark Gilmour retired from Forthview Medical Practice last Friday, where he has worked as a doctor for 33 years.
Sadness at the thought of hanging up his stethoscope and missing his patients and colleagues was mixed with gratitude at having practised an interesting career - with much job satisfaction - and working with a terrific team.
Mark (60) said he was also excited at the prospect of more time for sorting out photographs, reading the newspapers and looking at films recorded from TV but never actually watched!
He continues to enjoy preaching opportunities in a local church and as a a prison chaplain.
Married to Elinor, a former midwife and now counsellor, the Gilmours of Edinburgh enjoy dancing, walking and birdwatching.
Mark was presented with a retiral gift of a top-notch birding telescope.
The couple have two children - Douglas in Polmont, and Joy in San Francisco, who works with the homeless - and two grandsons, John (2) and Peter, born earlier this month.
Said Mark: “My basic philosophy has always been to try to care for the patients as I - or any of my family - would like to be cared for and I believe that the patients, by and large, have appreciated that.”
He added it had a privilege, along with colleagues, to have cared for some very special people in the town who had shown tremendous courage in the face of suffering and adversity.
A retiral lunch was held at the practice last Friday before the team enjoyed a celebratory meal at the Grange Manor Hotel on Saturday.
Practice manager Carol Baillie said: “Mark’s given a committed and devoted service to the patients and staff. He’s a very popular member of the team.
‘‘It’s quite a family- oriented practice and we are all very close. There are three other partners and they have all worked together for over 20 years.”