Martin Peter Bell

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7510
  1. Lisa Bell

Martin Peter Bell was born in Uganda and bought up in Bristol. He trained at the Royal London Hospital, undertaking an elective in Tanzania. After house jobs in Southend, where he met his future wife, and senior house officer posts in Cheltenham and Weston-super-Mare, he completed his vocational general practitioner training in Bristol. Martin joined Whitley House Surgery in 1990 and became part of a partnership that he was immensely proud of. He had great vision and an incredible understanding of the NHS and the place that primary care had in it. He steered the surgery through fundholding and practice based commissioning, and was instrumental in the surgery relocating to its current premises.

Martin was forthright and open in his views but always ready to listen. He had a great sense of humour and an excellent way with words. His generosity with time and concern extended beyond his patient care.

He was an accomplished writer and keen sportsman, teaching both his children to ski. He completed the London marathon three times.

Tributes on the Whitley House website underline how loved and respected he was. For those fortunate to have known him Martin was more than just an exceptional doctor, he was a treasured colleague, partner, and friend.

He leaves Lisa, his wife of 25 years, and their two children, James and Lizzie.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7510


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