Popular GP retires

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DOCTOR James Inglis, senior partner at the Springfield Medical Centre, retired last Monday after a medical career spanning over 40 years.

He was presented with gifts at a reception held within the facility.

Dr Graeme Sutherland reviewed his career at the practise before handing over the traditional caricature, a cheque and a new salmon fishing rod. From his wife, Loraine, he received a ‘diving with sharks’ trip and his two children have arranged a trip to Borneo to see Orang-utans.

Dr Inglis graduated from St Andrews University in 1968 after which he undertook house jobs in Perth Royal Infirmary and Bridge of Earn Hospital.

He then went on to teach anatomy at Dundee University where he gained the first part of his FRCS after which he spent several years working as an anaesthetist in Dundee Royal Infirmary; paediatrics in Edinburgh Western Infirmary; orthopedics in Exeter; and accident and emergency surgery in the famous Birmingham Accident Hospital.

He was part of the team which helped to pioneer the concept of quick helicopter and accident and emergency response, with the hospital being so close to the A1/A6 spaghetti junction.

He and his wife, Loraine, then took a late ‘gap year’ and went to Algeria for 18 months where Dr Inglis was medical director with a geological exploration company looking for oil in the Sahara desert.

When the couple returned to Tayside, Dr Inglis undertook an orthopaedic rotation job before completing his FRCS.

After spending so many years working and living away from his beloved Scotland, Dr Inglis decided to stay and in 1976 was offered a job in general practise in Arbroath. He accepted the offer and has never regretted living and working in the town.

The couple have two children, Jill and Colin.

Dr Inglis kept up his interest in orthopedics by working in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Stracathro Hospital. He has always been interested in sport and fitness in relation to good health and well being. He was one of the first to get a Diploma in Sports Medicine, initiated the setting up of sports injury clinics in Tayside and is a former chairman of the British Association of Sports Medicine.

He practices what he preaches and has spent a lifetime playing cricket, from captaining the university team to playing for just about every team in every town or city the family has lived in. Today, he plays for the Forthill 40s’ team.

His wife said: “Jim is going to miss chatting with his patients (often why his clinics ran late) and I think his little green MG might be missed going round Arbroath doing his calls.

“However, he is looking forward to having more time for his various pursuits, such as tennis, squash, cricket, golf, fishing, shooting, skiing and diving and visiting his three grandchildren, Lucy, Jessica and Lottie, in Cardiff.”