Tributes paid to a ‘pi­o­neer­ing’ doc­tor

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Etken­m­cer­lain

TRIBUTES have been paid to a “pi­o­neer­ing” doc­tor who served at a vil­lage surgery for 33 years.

Dr Roy Hart died on April 23 at Pole­brook Nurs­ing and Res­i­den­tial Home at the age of 89.

Fa­ther-of-two Dr Hart be­came a well-known fig­ure in Yax­ley dur­ing his work at the vil­lage’s surgery from 1954 up un­til his re­tire­ment in 1987.

Dr Chris Grant, who cur­rently works at the surgery, worked along­side Dr Hart in 1987 and de­scribed him as a doc­tor who was “ahead of his time”.

Dr Grant said: “I worked with him at the very end of his ca­reer and found him to be ex­tremely knowl­edgable and full of con­fi­dence.

“He knew how to treat his pa­tients and look af­ter peo­ple prop­erly.

“He was also a driv­ing force in the NHS go­ing from a re­ac­tive ser­vice to a pre­ven­ta­tive one.

“When Dr Hart started at Yax­ley surgery back in the 50s there were only two other GPS and one re­cep­tion­ist.

“He saw the need and drove for a more pro­fes­sional surgery model, which cul­mi­nated in the open­ing of the first GP Health Cen­tre in Cam­bridgeshire, in Yax­ley in 1974.”

Dr Hart trained at St Bartholomew’s Med­i­cal School in London, grad­u­at­ing in 1951.

He joined the Yax­ley prac­tice in 1954, orig­i­nally serv­ing along­side Dr Dan Ash­ton (Jnr) and Dr Ian Red­head.

For the next 15 years they looked af­ter an ever-in­creas­ing prac­tice list but when the new health cen­tre opened in 1974 they were joined by Dr Mike Rogers.

Dr Hart worked for many years as med­i­cal of­fi­cer for the London Brick Com­pany, helped with the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion’s first hospi­tal at home scheme in Peter­bor­ough and dur­ing this time served as Chair­man of the East Anglian Fac­ulty Board of the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers.

Dr Grant added: “He was also in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the ground– break­ing Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil trial on the man­age­ment of mild hy- perten­sion in Gen­eral Prac­tice.

“This study helped set the ground rules for col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search in Gen­eral Prac­tice.

“In many ways Dr Hart was a med­i­cal pioneer and was ahead of his time, al­ways as­pir­ing for bet­ter meth­ods.”

Dr Grant added that Dr Hart be­came a pop­u­lar fig­ure in Yax­ley due to his work.

He added: “Dr Hart must have treated hun­dreds of peo­ple in the vil­lage and when he first ar­rived it was a much smaller place back then.

“As a re­sult he be­came so well known in Yax­ley that he couldn’t walk down the street with­out some­body stop­ping him to say hello.”

Dr Hart was also a keen his­to­rian with an in­ter­est in the An­glo Saxon pe­riod and had a num­ber of books on the sub­ject pub­lished.

Dr Hart leaves a wife, Mon­ica, and two chil­dren.

His fu­neral will be held at Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium on May 3 fol­lowed by a cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate his life at the Bell Inn pub in Stil­ton where Dr Hart was well-known.

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tributes: Dr Roy Hart.

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