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Right Arrow A&E consultant Dr Charlie Scott retires
04 February 2011 at 14:09

One of Southport’s best-known hospital doctors is retiring after nearly 30 years in the town.

Dr Charlie Scott joined what was then Southport General Infirmary in 1983 as Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine.

He was the hospital’s only A&E consultant and remained so for the next 25 years, assisted by a steady stream of senior house officers.

“We were treating 30,000 patients a year at the beginning with a desk, three trolley spaces and three cubicles,” said Dr Scott who lives in Birkdale, Southport.

“Now we see nearly 50,000 patients a year, have a team of 21 people with five consultants and are half-way through a £1¾m refurbishment.”

The patients that Dr Scott sees have changed radically over the years too.

“Britain is now one of the safest countries in the world thanks to seat belts and better engineered cars, less heavy industry and safer workplaces, so we see many fewer serious accidents as happened when I first started in medicine.

“If people think A&E is like ER or Casualty, they should think again. Many of our patients are now elderly with medical problems. We don’t even see that many heart attack patients thanks to people leading healthier lives and changes in treatment and practice.”

Dr Scott, who is married to Hilary and has four grown-up children, plans more fishing, birdwatching and climbing the Lakeland fells in his retirement … but not golf.

“I may be a Scotsman and I may live in Birkdale but I don’t play golf – I don’t even like it!”

His other interests include chairing August’s annual Woodvale Rally at RAF Woodvale in Formby and Ainsdale Scouts. He is also honorary club doctor at Southport FC.

Reflecting back on his career in A&E, he added: “I like to solve problems. In A&E we sort people out – and that’s nice.”

Dr Scott’s retirement was marked with a buffet lunch and presentation in the Clinical Education Centre at Southport hospital by Dr Graham Butcher, Associate Medical Director.

He was escorted there from A&E by its matron, Jayne Norbury, who was the first nurse to greet him in the department when he first arrived in 1983.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors
Picture shows: Dr Charlie Scott, centre, with Associate Medical Director Dr Graham Butcher and Matron Jayne Norbury.