Award-winning GP retires after 33 years

On Friday in the Links Health Centre Dr John Griffith retired from the Townhead practice . Pictured at his presentation are, seated, from left -  Kay Hurst admin staff, Dr Griffith, Helen Griffith and Mary Fyffe retired sister from Montrose Infirmary and practice nurse wth colleagues looking on.
On Friday in the Links Health Centre Dr John Griffith retired from the Townhead practice . Pictured at his presentation are, seated, from left - Kay Hurst admin staff, Dr Griffith, Helen Griffith and Mary Fyffe retired sister from Montrose Infirmary and practice nurse wth colleagues looking on.

WELL-KNOWN GP Dr John Griffith retired recently after 33 years working in the local health service.

Originally from Wales, Dr Griffith was brought up and educated in Wimbledon, London, before going on to study medicine at Dundee, from where he graduated in 1972.

He completed his GP training in Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, before joining Donald MacNeil and Robin Donald in a general practice partnership in 1978. They were joined later that year by Dr Andrew Orr.

They practised initially from Bridge Street and Northesk Surgeries before moving in to Townhead Surgery in Murray Lane.

He has been based at the Links Health Centre since 2003, when all the town’s GP practices were brought together under one roof.

Dr Griffith was made a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2000 and the same year won three national awards for his pioneering use of computers in a primary care environment.

With a strong interest in practice computing, he was the driving force behind the design of the computerised automated risk detection intervention advice (CARDIA) computer system for the assessment of heart disease which was later introduced into GPs’ practices across Tayside.

He has also written a booklet detailing the history of Montrose Infirmary which was published in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of a hospital being established in the town.

Dr Griffith lives in Hillside and his wife, Helen, is the former occupational health physician for Glaxo and continues work in a similar role for Shell in Aberdeen.

Two of their four children have followed their parents in to a clinical profession. Catherine is a physiotherapist in Leicester and David an anaesthetist in Glasgow. Their other daughter, Alison, currently lives in Australia and their other son, Robert, is in London.

Dr Griffith’s retirement was marked by his colleagues with a presentation at the Links Health Centre.

Dr and Mrs Griffith are now planning a holiday in Australia with the entire family.