Tributes as doctor and practice nurse call it a day

Doctor Ian Simpson and practice nurse Heather Dent on their final day.
Doctor Ian Simpson and practice nurse Heather Dent on their final day.

Two long-serving medical staff in Ellon have retired on the same day.

Doctor Ian Simpson and practice nurse Heather Dent bowed out after combined service of nearly 60 years.

Mr Simpson spent 32 years with the Ellon Group Practice, while Mrs Dent accumulated 27 years.

Last Friday a farewell evening was attended by colleagues past and present.

Mr Simpson, who lives in Ellon, trained in Aberdeen, spending three years at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and a year at the Calsayseat Road practice.

Mrs Dent, who lives near Haddo, recalled that Mr Simpson was actually a member of the interview panel when she was appointed.