Lives of the fellows

Josephine Elaine Hammond

b.17 March 1936 d.29 June 2011
MB BS Lond(1960) DRCOG(1962) DCH(1963) MRCP(1967) MRCP Edin(1970) FRCP Edin(1981) FRCP(1989) MA

Josephine Elaine Hammond was a consultant paediatrician and an honorary senior lecturer at St George’s Hospital, London. She was born in Kent, the daughter of Herbert George Hammond, a banker, and Elaine Alice Hammond, a housewife. Josephine went to the Prendergast School in Lewisham and then to Royal Free Hospital Medical School.

She decided to follow a paediatric career early on in her training. She held junior posts at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Guy’s and the Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and was then a senior registrar at GOSH for four years. In 1973 she was appointed as a consultant in general paediatrics at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children (QMHC) and St Helier Hospital, Charshalton.

Josephine developed a special interest in developmental paediatrics and complex handicap. Her publications were in this field. Recognising the importance and the need for a multidisciplinary approach, she fundraised for a dedicated, purpose-built centre at QMHC, opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in 1980.

Josephine was very active in the field of paediatric education, locally, regionally and nationally. She was an examiner for the MB, for the diploma in child health and the membership examination of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She sat on various national working parties and regional committees.

In 1994 she was appointed as a consultant paediatrician in neurodevelopmental paediatrics at St George’s Hospital, where she set up a paediatric epilepsy clinic. She had an unwavering commitment to her patients and their families, and could fight hard on their behalf. She was caring, compassionate, hard working and totally dependable.

She retired from clinical work in 2002, but continued to be very active. She took an MA in medical law and ethics at King’s, London. She served for many years as a JP in Croydon and was on the fitness to practise committee of the GMC. She took an active part in the Royal Society of Medicine, and sat on various medical boards.

Outside medicine she had many interests. She was active in her local church. She was a voluntary helper at CHASE hospice care for children. She had many loyal, longstanding friends and travelled with them to France and many faraway places. Her only sister emigrated to Australia when Josephine was still at school. Josephine kept in contact with her, her children and grandchildren, and exchanged visits with them. She enjoyed music, watercolour painting and loved gardening. She was a gracious, charming hostess.

Even though her last years were difficult, since she was hampered physically by osteoporosis, she continued to lead a full life intellectually. She died suddenly and will be greatly missed.

Alina Piesowicz

(Volume XII, page web)

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