Lives of the fellows

Enid Ira Mayne Addenbrooke

b.19 April 1910 d.10 May 1997
MB ChB Birm(1937) MRCP(1943) DCH(1946) FRCP(1974)

Enid Ira Mayne Addenbrooke was a consultant in Gloucestershire and was instrumental in the establishment of paediatric services in the area. Born in Kidderminster, her father was a general practitioner. She was educated at the Knoll School, Kidderminster, and Effingham House, Bexhill-on-Sea. She later entered Birmingham University to study medicine, graduating in 1937. After junior appointments in Birmingham hospitals she passed the MRCP examination in 1943 and acquired the DCH qualification in 1946. During the Second World War she was the resident medical officer at Birmingham General Hospital, medical registrar at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and then physician to the emergency medical services in the Birmingham area.

In 1951 she was appointed as consultant physician/paediatrician to the North Gloucestershire area by the South Western Regional Hospital Board. Enid had great difficulties to start with; although there was a small children’s hospital in Cheltenham and two general practitioners held part time senior hospital medical officer appointments, she found herself having to effectively establish paediatric services in the area. Eventually satisfactory in-patient facilities for sick children were created at the Gloucester Royal Infirmary, together with facilities for new-born infants. She gradually relinquished her work as a physician for adults once it became obvious she could not work in adult medicine and give paediatric consultant cover to Cheltenham.

She was an active member of the British Paediatric Association and the South Western Regional Paediatric Club and also played a full part in postgraduate education and nursing/midwifery training in Gloucester.

Enid had little time for leisure activities, but she enjoyed country walks, golf and bird watching. She never married, and in retirement pursued life in the Gloucestershire countryside and her garden.

Beryl D Corner

(Volume X, page 1)

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