Lives of the fellows

Ivor Sacre Hodgson-Jones

b.2 May 1921 d.2 October 2000
MRCS LRCP(1944) MB BChir Cantab(1945) MA(1946) MRCP(1950) MD(1953) FRCP(1971)

Ivor Hodgson-Jones was a consultant dermatologist at Kettering General Hospital between 1956 and 1982. After qualifying at Guy's and preliminary house jobs, he joined the RAF, attaining the rank of squadron leader.

Following demobilization Ivor returned to Guy's, where he started his training in dermatology, proceeding to St Bartholomew's Hospital as senior registrar in dermatology.

In those early cash-starved days of the NHS Ivor was only offered (and paid for) seven consultant sessions, some of which had to be done at the adjacent Northampton General Hospital. He was one of the pioneering band of consultants (most of whom had been in the services) who helped to transform a general practitioner-trun hospital into a district general hospital covering the northern half of Northamptonshire, with clinics and some beds in four towns around Kettering. He was given no junior staff to help with four out-patient clinics as well as beds in the main hospital, serving a populations of about 200,000.

The strain of being on call alone must have been considerable, yet this was never visible and he was highly respected both by its general practitioners and his fellow consultants. His advice was often sought in matters outside dermatology.

He was one of the first dermatologists to understand the importance of patient 'self-help' especially in such chronic conditions as psoriasis.

In the 1970s when fundamental changes were taking place in the NHS, especially in the training of general practitioners, Ivor was persuaded to undertake the onerous duties of district post-graduate tutor and he did much to cement good relationships between the hospital and general practitioners.

The quiet and often humorous way in which Ivor was able to solve difficult problems was a lesson to us all. He was a keen countryman, an interest he was more than happy to pursue after his retirement. He leaves a wife Lawrie and three sons.

H J Voss

(Volume XI, page 269)

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