Dr Ian Hay - Now Retired From The Practice
Destiny determines some
Dr Hay regrettably has had
to stand down from clinical practice due to impaired
vision, following a detached retina and subsequent
He will however not be
severing all links and will remain as an Honorary
Consultant to the Practice, providing as always
invaluable advice to his Associates and hopefully if his
sight continues to improve, the occasional clinic cover.
He would like, as we
would, to thank you all for your support for his
practice over the years and of course reassure you that
Dr Andy Raffles and Associates will continue to provide
ongoing and excellent care where necessary.
Dr Ian Hay MB Ch B,
FRCPCH, FCP(Paeds), MMed, Dipl Health Services Management.
Ian is the
grandson of Scottish migrants to South Africa and qualified
in Medicine at The University of Pretoria.
He was awarded the prize for the best student in
Internal Medicine much to his father’s delight and surprise!
After qualifying he worked as a Missionary
Hospital doctor at Jane Furse Anglican Memorial Hospital in
Sekhukhuneland where he cared for all the paediatric inpatients.
Wards of 80 beds for the under 5s, 20 beds for the over 5s and a
50 bed ward for children with tuberculosis where his
sole responsibility. He also participated in the Obstetric, A&E
Unit and Anaesthetic services. During this time he developed a
love for Paediatrics and planned to specialise.
He completed Senior House Officer training in
Ipswich and in Oxford and then returned to South Africa where he
completed his training in Paediatrics and Child Health. In
Oxford he met
Dr Raymond Brown
who was his Registrar and was very generous in sharing his
paediatric knowledge and skills. His respect for Raymond
encouraged him to offer him an Associate post in the Practice
once it was expanding to form a Chamber of Paediatricians.
In South Africa he was employed as a Consultant
in the Department of Paediatrics at The Pretoria University
Medical School. His clinical interests were in the fields of
Neonatology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine and Paediatric
Intensive Care. Young Paediatricians are attracted to blood,
oxygen and clinical drama and these rotations were ideal
learning opportunities to care for really ill children.
A new Medical School –The Medical University of
Southern Africa – invited Ian to be the Founder Professor and
Head of Department in 1980. This was a very exciting challenge
as it had wonderful facilities and promised to become the first
truly democratic and non-racial Medical School in South
Africa. This was at the unhappy time of Apartheid. His
involvement in Paediatric Medicine then shifted to Medical
Education, Research, Health Service development and Community
Orientated Programme development. Students from the whole of
Southern Africa were welcomed and the outreach opportunities to
neighbouring countries developed.
After 11 years
at Medunsa he was invited as Associate Professor to The
University of Pretoria to implement the Problem Orientated and
Community based undergraduate curriculum that had been developed
at Medunsa. He was appointed Deputy Dean of the medical faculty
there and was the Chairman of The South African College of
sabbatical to Belgium provided an opportunity to re-establish
contact with Dr Stanley Rom who had been an Associate Professor
at Medunsa. This led to an invitation to consider a move to the
UK and an opportunity to work at The Portland Hospital.
He started the
paediatric practice at The Portland in 2000 and happily this has
grown into a Chamber of Associate Paediatricians who share the
same vision, expertise and enthusiasm. The Portland Hospital has
been very supportive and it has been very pleasing to see how
outstanding Paediatric services have developed over the years.
He worked as a
Consultant Community Paediatrician in Hertfordshire at the
Dr Andy Raffles.
This cemented a happy friendship and a mutual respect
clinically. Andy is a very experienced and well respected
Consultant Paediatrician, and was enthusiastic in joining Dr Ian
Hay Ltd Practice as an Associate. He has more recently become
the Lead Consultant.
has been wonderfully supported throughout by the superb Practice
Management services provided by
Mrs Marie Hopson
and more recently, with the aid of her excellent team encouraged
to take entrepreneurial risks by Ian!
In addition to
clinical responsibilities to the Neonatal services Ian is the
current Chairman of Clinical Governance Committee at The
Portland Hospital. This group is tasked with promoting patient
safety and reducing the risk of recurrence of harm at the
He is married
to Heather and they are now UK citizens.
They have two sons and a daughter (Nature
Conservationist in Malawi, Engineer in South Africa and a
Graphic designer in London) They are blessed with three
grandsons Dylan, Elliot and James.