Lives of the fellows

Anthony Kevin Waters

b.21 December 1943 d.29 March 2011
BChir Cantab(1968) MB(1969) MRCP(1972) FRCP(1986)

Kevin Waters was a consultant physician at Wharfedale General Hospital, Otley, Yorkshire, with a special interest in diabetes and endocrinology. He was born in Lancaster, the son of William Absalom Waters, a bus conductor, and Clarice Elizabeth Waters née Williams, a housewife. He was educated at Royal Lancaster Grammar School and then Queens’ College, Cambridge, continuing his clinical studies at St Mary’s Hospital, London.

During 1968 he was a house surgeon at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, and, in 1969, a house physician at St Mary’s. He then spent the next two years as a senior house officer at Ashford Hospital, Middlesex. From 1971 to 1973, he was a registrar at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, and Charing Cross Hospital, London. During this period he also gained his MRCP. He was then a research fellow at Charing Cross. From 1975 to 1978, he was a senior registrar in Leeds.

He joined the medical staff at Wharfedale Hospital in 1978 as a consultant physician. A year later, he began work to restructure the diabetes service and to develop a comprehensive service which focused on education, support and the prevention of the complications associated with diabetes. In 1984 he introduced a retinal screening service, the first in the city, and introduced structured annual reviews bringing together a multidisciplinary team including podiatrists, dietitians and specialist nurses to provide a preventive, proactive service. In 1988 he introduced the first diabetes computer-based records system in the city, which was only superseded in 2010.

In 1991 he opened the first diabetes resource centre in the area, despite significant resistance, managing to open it on 1 April with very few staff and no furniture. He was also instrumental in establishing a ‘special equipment’ fund to ensure that the hospital was always able to provide the very best care for the people of the surrounding area. He retired from the NHS in June 1999.

Outside medicine, he was an auxiliary minister for the United Reformed Church. Following his retirement he continued his work for the church and cared for a woodland near his home. In 1967 he married Wendy Roisine, a former secretary. They had two daughters.

Linda Clapham

(Volume XII, page web)

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