Specialist off to Oz

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A doctor who pioneered a diabetes, hormone and growth service at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is heading Down Under after more than 30 years with the NHS.

Dr Jerry Wales, a senior university lecturer and honorary consultant, has overseen the care of thousands of young people at the hospital’s endocrinology service.

Now he is set to take up a new challenge as a professor and director of endocrinology at the new Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr Wales, aged 59, said: “I’ll miss my colleagues and patients. I’ve seen patients aged from birth to 25 years old and I have known some of them all their lives.

“In fact, I’m now treating the children of some of my original patients, and it has been rewarding and satisfying to get to know patients and their families over so many years.”

The doctor trained at Oxford and started his career at the old Jessop Hospital in 1980.

He joined Sheffield University in 1984 as a lecturer and in 1991 was appointed senior lecturer and honorary consultant in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the children’s hospital.

Up to 130 patients from across the region, with glandular conditions including obesity as well as growth issues, are seen each week by the endocrinology service.