She has been at the very heart of Linlithgow community life for a quarter of a century, but Dr Jean Davie is finally hanging up her stethoscope.
However Dr Davie, from Edinburgh, doesn’t want any mention of the “R word” – as in “retiral” –because she’s keeping her options open as to just what she will be doing next.
“I will miss Linlithgow, although of course I’ll be keeping in touch with people I know here,” she says, “because I’ve come to know so many through my work.”
She has obviously dealt with different generations of the same families over her two and a half decades in the town, latterly (there used to be two practices) with the Linlithgow Group Medical Practice.
And she is clearly sorry to be leaving a close-knit team at the practice, where she has effectively spent her entire professional career to date (following study at Edinburgh University, training, etc).
“I will certainly miss many people, and particularly colleagues at the practice”, she said, “but I won’t be far away”.
She is now looking forward to a special night out with staff from the practice, after which she’s planning a short break in the Highlands – and the start of a new direction in life.
Her major interests include drawing, a skill she may have time to work upon, but certainly hasn’t ruled out the idea of developing another string to her already very full career.
“Word has certainly got around that I am leaving,” she said, “and a lot of people know I’m not going to be their doctor any more.
“At the time when I started here there weren’t a lot of jobs around and I was lucky to get the chance of work in Linithhow – and even although I moved back to Edinburgh (an easy half hour commute) I’ve never had any regrets.