Tributes paid to a ‘pioneering’ doctor
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.