Dr. Roger Simmons

(at KEGS 1961-1968) writing in 2019

I was anointed Head Boy by Bob. I went up to Edinburgh Medical School, qualified in medicine in 1974, and married Helen Campbell in 1975. I did 2 lifetimes of work for the NHS, 13 years as a GP in North Berwick, and 10 years in Kinloch Rannoch. For 3 years in between I was a medical diplomat in The Scottish Office.

I retired at 58 from the single-handed dispensing practice in Kinloch Rannoch (photo) a bit early in 2008 as I was developing a unique illness (according to my consultants) which is like “a frozen shoulder all over” with chronic pain, fatigue, and poor muscle function as a disabling thing which has taken over my life. With the help of an osteopath, its problems are being slowly eroded. Medicine is recommended as an all-absorbing career with many possibilities for clinical work, research, travel …. and is likely to disturb your marriage and work-life balance unless you manage it well. We have 3 grown up children (2 GPs and 1 teacher) and 4 wonderful grandchildren.

We now live in St Andrews, a great place to be.

[Roger has provided an updated contribution which can be found in the 2022 edition of The Old Burian Magazine.]