GP awarded for going 'well beyond the call of duty'

A GP who went 'well beyond the call of duty' for a patient with motor neurone disease has been named RCGP Scotland's 'GP of the year'.

Dr John Gillies and GP of the year Dr Helen Moss (photo: RCGP)
Dr John Gillies and GP of the year Dr Helen Moss (photo: RCGP)

Midlothian GP Dr Helen Moss was chosen by a panel of patients and GPs after being nominated for the prize in the annual RCGP Scotland awards by the patient’s wife.

Shona McIntosh praised Dr Moss for being there for the ‘whole family’, visiting her husband at home outside of core hours and ‘respecting his dignity in a way that many people would not think of’.

Dr Moss was praised for liaising with the ‘plethora of professionals across the motor neurone disease field’. Mrs McIntosh claims that without Dr Moss’ help, her family would be in poor physical and mental health. She would not have been able to return to work or remain at work without Dr Moss’ ‘compassionate understanding and support’, she said.

Dr Moss should not only be awarded GP of the year, but ‘be given an honorary degree in family therapy’, she said in her nomination.

RCGP Scotland chairman Dr John Gillies presented Dr Moss with the award at a ceremony at the college’s offices in Edinburgh earlier this month.

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