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Biographical entry Hart, Alan John Lewington (1943 - 2016)

MB ChB St Andrews 1967; FRCS Edin 1972; FRCS 1997.

13 August 1943
Northern Rhodesia
25 May 2016


Alan Hart was a consultant urologist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant. He was born in Northern Rhodesia. His parents had migrated to central Africa supported by the Colonial Office; his English father was an agricultural officer and his Scottish mother was a teacher. He was the middle child of three and from an early age was outspoken and a 'character'. He returned to Scotland with his mother when he was six years old to attend Morrison's Academy in Crieff, and his mother taught in a primary school. Deciding on a career in medicine, he studied medicine at St Andrews University. He graduated in 1967.

Alan developed his surgical interest, becoming an anatomy demonstrator at St Andrews and spending time at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He was a registrar at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh and then a senior registrar in urology at Glasgow's Western Infirmary. He was appointed as a consultant urologist at the old East Glamorgan Hospital in 1981.

Alan established and developed urology at East Glamorgan and was fundamental in the development of the Welsh Urological Society. Single-handed, he provided a full urological service for the whole of Mid-Glamorgan Health Authority. Facilities were limited, but he worked very hard to develop services. He coped with a very high volume of work, for which his patients were very grateful. He developed an extremely efficient day case unit. Alan not only worked at bringing established treatments to the unit, he looked to the future and developed multidisciplinary working before it was established practice. He made the department work as a unit. This led to him being named Hospital Doctor of the Year in 2000.

Alan had many outside interests. He was an avid supporter of sport, especially rugby, and watched Pontypridd Rugby team both at home and away. He would always want his beloved Scotland to win. Alan loved gardening and produced a lot of food from his allotment, giving much of it away. He enjoyed good food and was a wine expert. He also loved paintings and was an avid reader, particularly of history.

Alan devoted much time and effort to community service. He was involved in a local Rotary Club, which supported good causes, and was a school governor. These were just a few of his good works.

Alan married Judith in 1972. They had two sons to whom he was devoted. They have many fond memories of their father.

Sadly, Alan suffered from ill health a few years after his retirement and later deteriorated. He died on 25 May 2016, aged 72. When well, Alan had boundless energy. Those who knew him have many stories of great times together. Alan was honest with you to the point of being blunt, but someone who you could completely trust and call a true friend.

David Jones

The Royal College of Surgeons of England