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Robin Peter Bonner-Morgan

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 17 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5265
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Robin Peter Bonner-Morgan (“Rob”) was one of the last of the generalists—consultant ophthalmologists who covered all the surgical and medical needs of any eye patient. He always tried to simulate the meticulous eye surgery of H B Stallard, whom he greatly admired, from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, where Rob and his wife, Barbara, both trained (as did his father before him). He later took a post under Stallard, in the eye department at Barts.

In 1966 an ophthalmologist from Australia saw Rob complete the consultant’s operating list, while he was approaching the end of his training at Bristol Eye Hospital. The Australian—who was visiting the UK and US with the intention of appointing someone—was very impressed by the skill of this young doctor and offered him a post in his extensive private eye practice in Victoria, Australia. Rob and Barbara (also an ophthalmologist) departed with their three young daughters for seven exciting years in private practice.

After working in the NHS they were both embarrassed by the idea of their secretary sending accounts for work they’d have preferred to do without charge. Fees would sometimes need to be waived because there was no health service in Australia at that time. The practice was thriving, and Barbara always assisted in the practice and the surgery. Melbourne was a hundred miles away, and Rob conducted a weekly clinic at Prince Henry’s, a teaching hospital that no longer exists. Two lovely new well equipped hospitals had been constructed …

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