DR TOM KIRK – BARTON UPON HUMBER – THE DIARIES OF A REMARKABLE GP IN THE WAR YEARS – Dr Stephen Wright
The diaries tell of a man who spent every waking hour of his usually very long days in profitable endeavour, supported by a close and loving family. He cultivated and enjoyed the company of a wide circle of friends in Barton-upon-Humber and further afield. His range of skills would make a modern GP’s mind boggle. He always made himself available to his patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even at times when that devotion meant he was clearly exhausted.
Aside from work he maintained his interest in reading, music and drama and the Boys’ Club. His work for the “war effort” was largely centred on the Home Guard and St John Ambulance Brigade. He also took a particular interest in the lives of the men and women based at Barton’s two nearest airfields, Goxhill and Elsham.
“Throughout most of the war years he kept a close and very favourable eye on the early discussions concerning the creation of a post-war ‘Socialist Medical Service’, our present-day National Health Service, and he never took his eye off the military campaigns and political endeavours which marked eventual victory over Fascism.”
Dr Stephen J Wright, MB ChB FRCGP AFOM DObstRGOG qualified in Manchester and after house jobs became Assistant Medical officer to Manchester United. He then became a GP in Sheffield for 35 years in addition to being at some time: Industrial Medical Officer, Committee member of the GP Obstetric Unit, Chair of the GP Medical Audit Committee, Radio Doctor for Radio Sheffield, Crucible Theatre Doctor, Chairman and later Provost of the Sheffield Faculty of the RCGP, member on the National Council of the RCGP, one of the original cohort of GP Performance Assessors for the GMC, Medical Adviser to Rotherham Health Authority and lead GP in the British Association of Medical Managers and later a freelance medico-legal advocate. He was a part-time Peak District ranger and went on two Arctic Expeditions. He retired, and upsized to Barton-upon-Humber where he and his wife Freda spent many enjoyable years refurbishing their 1920’s house and large garden. Four years ago, they moved to Haxby, York, giving them good access to their eleven grandchildren scattered throughout the UK.
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