Leven doctor’s surprise farewell

Dr Ross with patients Eleanor Whyte & Evelyn Booth
Dr Ross with patients Eleanor Whyte & Evelyn Booth

After 31 years serving the Levenmouth public, Dr Douglas Ross of Leven Health Centre has hung up his stethoscope for the last time.

Staff and patients at the practice marked the doctor’s retirement with a surprise presentation last week, and it was clear to see that he will be sorely missed.

Having graduated from Aberdeen University, Dr Ross completed his post-graduate at Glasgow University, before joining the Leven practice on August 1, 1982, and has been there ever since.

“I’ve never thought of leaving to go anywhere else,” said Dr Ross on his last day.

“The things I’ll miss most are all of the staff and my patients. I have a really good camaraderie with the staff and a real rapport with the patients. I try not to be too serious, and they could always talk to me.”

But he is clear about what he won’t miss – the paperwork.

“You can’t be a doctor nowadays without being able to type. If I was back at school, I would have definitely taken a typing course!” he said.

Commenting on a stand-out moment from his 31 years, Dr Ross says the flu epidemic of 1986 was probably the busiest they have ever been.

“We were doing up to 60 home visits a day. We’ve never had anything like it since.”