JUNE will see the end of an era in Dromara
when well-known GP, Dr. Helen Kirkpatrick, retires after 45
years in practice.
To mark the occasion the Dromara Surgery
Patients' Benevolent Fund is organising an event in honour of
the popular doctor.
The event will take place in Second Dromara
Presbyterian Church Hall.
Dr. Kirkpatrick graduated in 1962 and began
practising alongside her father, also Dr. Kirkpatrick, at
To avoid confusion, the senior of the two
doctors was always referred to as Dr. Kirkpatrick, while
patients took to calling his daughter simply Dr. Helen..
Early in her career Dr. Helen also helped out
doctors in Dromara.
When her father died she then went into
practice in the village alongside Dr. W. F. McBride and Dr.
That was the beginning of the Dromara Surgery
as it exists today.
A spokesperson for the Patients' Benevolent
Fund said, "Dr. Helen is a highly respected and much loved local
doctor and she will be much missed at the surgery."
The event in honour of Dr. Helen takes place
on June 21, from 8pm.