Respected doctor celebrates his 100th birthday

The doctor who played a key role in setting up our rehabilitation service for children with aquired brain injury has celebrated his 100th birthday. We were delighted to welcome Dr Archie Norman MBE back to the Trust for a special afternoon tea birthday celebration, where he was joined by his wife Betty and former colleagues and friends. During his career, Dr Norman was the paediatrician in charge of the cystic fibrosis clinic at Great Ormond Street and was a leading figure in medical research. As a highly respected medical consultant and the Trust’s Honorary Medical Adviser, he played a significant role in developing the services here. In the 1980s he was instrumental in establishing the Trust’s residential rehabilitation service for children and young people with brain injuries. It was first of its kind in the UK and he trained the team himself. The first child was admitted to the new rehabilitation service in the Autumn of 1985 and the today the Trust is the largest provider of brain injury rehabilitation for children, helping children and families from all across the country. During his birthday celebration, guests made a toast to mark the distinguished doctor’s centenary year. Dr Norman said he was overwhelmed to see such a big turnout, adding: “It’s wonderful to see so many people here; some friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in many years. I really can’t quite believe that my birthday is so important. I’m honoured.” Dr Louise Clowes, who worked with Dr Norman said: “Archie is a much respected doctor and did a lot of work for the Trust. Today has been a great opportunity for everyone to meet up again.”

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