Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 46

INTERVIEW January, 1991. “I spent more than 30 very happy years there, and would not have missed a day of it,” said Dr. Paul. “I was also on the surgical staff at St Mary’s Hospital working under a very fine surgeon Gordon Walker, who improved the surgical services on the Island very much. I did a lot of emergency surgery when standing in for one of the juniors, who had to have time off. So in the end I did get to do some surgery, which gave me the best of both worlds.” While working in Pyle Street, Dr. Paul became one of the first people in the country to work on what was known as developmental paediatrics. He explained: “Rather than just looking after children when they were poorly, we monitored their progress from birth to school entry age to make sure they didn’t have any difficulties that might upset their education, such as deafness, vision or behavioural problems. The aim was to do something about it before they went to school, so they would not be disadvantaged.” A grant from the Ministry of Health allowed Dr Paul and other doctors around the country to carry out a survey and write a report on their findings, but to his dismay the report was left on a Ministry shelf to gather dust, and he is bitterly disappointed to hear that his former practice has now 46 www.visitislandlife.com also abandoned the scheme. Just before his retirement Dr. Paul enjoyed one of his proudest moments when he was invited to become the Provost of the Royal College of General Practitioners for the whole of the south of England, stretching from Portsmouth to Basingstoke, Newbury, Bath and Poole, and also including the Channel Islands. “I regard that as a great honour because you are elected by your colleagues. I was Provost for the two-year term, and the area embraced between 4,000 and 5,000 doctors,” he explained. After retirement Dr. Paul was able to pursue other interests. A keen member of the Isle of Wight Historical Association and former chairman, he researched and published a book