Stewart Michael BrydonBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.175-b (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:175
Stewart Michael BrydonGeneral practitioner Stornoway (b Kelso 1957; q Edinburgh 1982; BSc), died in Stornoway on 26 March 2004.
Stewart Michael Brydon, a partner at the Springfield Medical Practice in Stornoway, hailed originally from Kelso in the Scottish borders and graduated in medicine at Edinburgh in 1982. After completion of training for his chosen career in general practice he took up his first partnership in Benbecula. Clearly enjoying island life he later moved to Stornoway in 1992.
A quiet innovator and efficient organiser, Stewart made a significant contribution to health care in the Western Isles through his service on the health board, assisting visiting consultants in respiratory medicine, and pioneering a personal medical services contract for his practice. Although not initially successful, he developed a model for reorganising out-of-hours care on the isle of Lewis. This model is now similar to what is becoming the norm throughout the United Kingdom. He was also an enthusiastic teacher of undergraduates from Barts and Aberdeen. Stewart was a meticulous, organised man and a great timekeeper. He exercised great self control, and his opinions were always balanced and sincere, but at the same time he could always break a sober mood with his dry sense of humour based on sharp observations.
Stewart had a keen interest in immediate care. He provided care to the army base on Benbecula and served for a time with the coastguard helicopter in Stornoway. He was able to combine this with a lifelong interest in cars by providing medical services to motor sport. He became a medical officer at the Ingliston race circuit in 1985. Working in the Western Isles made continuing this difficult, but he returned to help with the Scottish rally championship in later years.
Stewart met his future wife and great supporter, Diana, after moving to Stornoway. His later years were marred by depression, and he took his own life. He leaves Diana and her three children. [John Harrington, John Johnston, Stewart Cherry, Mike Higgins]
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