15:19 Thursday 19 December 2013

Fifty years on and Victor comes back to Queen's

Written byROB SMYTH

THE faces and buildings may have changed but a retired surgeon revealed that he felt like it was ‘only yesterday’ that he began his training at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital – during a special visit 50 years after he left.

Staff at the Belvedere Road site welcomed Victor Borges back to the site for a tour more than five decades after he trained at Burton General Hospital.

The 85-year-old travelled all the way from America with his family to visit the hospital where his career in medicine began.

He was born in Goa, studied medicine in Paris and trained as a surgeon in Burton in the early 1960s.

He said: “I not only have fond memories of my working life here. My two eldest children were born on Ward 3 at Burton General so it has been a really special experience visiting the hospital.”

Victor and his family were greeted by Dr David Anderson, a retired anaesthetist who has worked at the Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust for 40 years.

Both clinicians chatted about their time working at the hospital.

Victor added: “It has been wonderful reminiscing about old times with Dr Anderson.

“Burton Hospital was my first job out of training.

“I look back at my time here and it’s truly amazing how medicine has changed.”

After Victor completed his training at Burton General Hospital, he then moved to Massachusetts in America with his family where he was accepted as an assistant chief resident at the Malden Hospital. His role was to assist surgery at the hospital.

Victor added: “I’m glad I trained in the UK. I received the best training at Burton Hospital.”

He went on to practice general surgery in the mid-west of the US for the next 30 years.

Dr David Anderson worked at Burton General Hospital at the same time as Victor. When he received a letter from Victor’s son-in-law requesting for Victor to be given a tour of the hospital he was delighted by the opportunity.

He said:“It was a pleasure to show Victor round our hospital.

“Meeting up with him was an honour and a wonderful opportunity.”

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