Friends and colleagues gathered at Stracathro Hospital on Friday to mark the retiral of consultant anaesthetist Dr Charlie Allison after almost four decades with NHS Tayside.
Following his graduation from Dundee Medical School in 1975, Dr Allison spent one year as a house officer at Stracathro before embarking on his anaesthetic training at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. In 1982 he undertook training in paediatric anaesthesia at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and on his return to Tayside a few months later he was appointed consultant anaesthetist at Stracathro Hospital.
Apart from this brief spell in Canada his entire 37-year medical career has been spent looking after patients in Tayside. During his career Dr Allison held the pivotal position of joint chair of Critical Care, Tayside Acute Service Review and in May 2012 was appointed President of the Scottish Society of Anaesthesia.
Paying tribute to Dr Allison, NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson said: “Dr Charlie Allison is a well respected anaesthetist and as President of the Scottish Society of Anaesthesia has been recognised as such by his peers. On behalf of NHS Tayside I would like to take this opportunity to wish Charlie and his family all the very best in the future.”