Francis Bernard HartleyCalvin LambertMaurice NellenElsie Gwendoline Oates (née Ford)Ernest Victor PageBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7268.1085 (Published 28 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1085
Francis Bernard Hartley
Former general practitioner Stalmine, Lancashire, 1959-90 (b 1928; q Liverpool 1952), d 17 August 2000. He did his national service in the military hospital in Bermuda and then began his career in general practice. He was in the same practice until he retired as senior partner. He was perhaps not the doctor to consult if your complaint was trivial or bogus, but for those with genuine problems his advice was always first class and he would stop at nothing to help patients get the best treatment available. He introduced computerised records long before they were in general use, writing his own programs. He was a trainer and postgraduate tutor, and at one time was a clinical assistant in the local cardiology department. Outside medicine his interests included fly fishing, shooting, and golf, but he developed the first signs of multiple system atrophy a few years after retiring and had to give up many of his hobbies. He leaves a wife, Val.