A POPULAR family doctor has been found dead at Hawick Health Centre. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances, writes Bob Burgess.
The body of Dr Patrick Manson was discovered in a rest room at the health complex around 6.30 on Thursday morning.
The 58-year-old GP was the senior partner in the 10-doctor strong Teviot Medical Practice.
Police sealed off the centre. But a spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed: “There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”
As in normal in such circumstances the procurator fiscal has been informed.
Chief Executive of NHS Borders Calum Campbell said said: “Pat has been a GP principal and trainer in Teviot Medical Practice for many years. He was a highly regarded colleague and GP and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and close working colleagues.”
Dr Manson was a member of nearby Minto Golf Club and watched Hawick lift their own sevens rugby cup on Saturday. He was also a keen table tennis player.
Donald Singer studied with him at Aberdeen University and paid tribute to his friend: “Pat was a very sociable and friendly.
“I found him a delightful man, very enthusiastic, a hard worker with a great sense of humour.”
In addition to Hawick, the Teviot Medical Practice has patients in Lilliesleaf, Southdean, Teviothead, Buccleuch, Ashkirk, Chesters, Carter Bar, Mosspaul and Craik Forest.
The centre remains closed today and is due to re-open on Monday.