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Ellis Mary Fraser

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4555
  1. Gill Fraser

    Ellis Mary Fraser started her general practice career working with her father in Carlisle. When her gynaecologist husband, James Stewart Fraser, returned from the second world war they moved to South Shields, where she joined a local practice and worked there part time for many years, with a major interest in women’s health and family planning. She did sessions as an occupational health doctor and was very active as a trainer and examiner for the Red Cross. She also became a magistrate.

    Towards the end of her general practice career she became involved in the scheme set up jointly with Northumbria Police to ensure that there was a rota of female general practitioners available to examine women who were victims of sexual assault. As the service developed it was apparent that many of the cases involved children, and in partnership with paediatricians and other general practitioners she developed expertise in recognising and managing child sexual abuse. She gave a great deal of support to other local doctors working in this difficult field. The examination suite in Sunderland that was specially equipped for this work was named after her. She ultimately retired from this work in her early 70s and went on to help to found a charity to support victims of sexual abuse.

    Despite a busy career, she always put family first. Predeceased by her husband and youngest son, she leaves three children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4555


    • Former general practitioner South Shields (b 1917; q Edinburgh 1941), d 18 March 2010.

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