GP hangs up his stethoscope

020312 Dr Ken mackenzie retires from Linlithgow health centre.
020312 Dr Ken mackenzie retires from Linlithgow health centre.
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A WELL kent face at Linlithgow Health Centre had his last appointment last Friday.

Dr Ken MacKenzie has retired from the practice after almost 30 years on the job treating the locals of Linlithgow.

Ken (59), who stays in Baronshill Avenue with wife Penny (59), worked in Greenock, Dunfermline and Bangour Hospital before he took up residency as a GP at the health centre, which was then at the Vennel. Born in Edinburgh, Ken was in Caithness for a few years where his father was a minister, before the family moved to Bellshill and then to Burntisland.

He studied medicine at Edinburgh University and since then has combined his profession with a variety of interests including Scottish rugby. For around six years in the 1990s, Ken was the Scottish team doctor and he said: “I enjoyed it very much.”

Ken is also a keen member of the Rotary, is a Boys Brigade captain, and he has been involved with Linlithgow Link, Abbeyfield and St Michael’s Parish Church among other groups. But it was none other than the Linlithgow Marches that proved his biggest challenge yet when he was asked to give a speech to the crowds at the Blackness marquee two years ago.

He said: “The scariest thing I ever did was the speech at the Marches - but I’m glad I’ve done it now.”

With no big plans for his retirement, Ken is quite happy to see what happens and enjoy time with his family including sons Alasdair, David, and Gregor, and grandchildren Amy (1) and Nairn (15 months).

He added: “I’ll miss seeing the staff and my patients - you grow fond of them. I’d like to thank my colleagues for putting up with me, and the extended staff like the paramedics and nurses who are all very good. This will be very different for me.”

He also thanked his wife Penny, a former staff nurse at St Michael’s Hospital, who was also his on-call secretary for a time.