Pioneering DGH doctor retires after 40 years

Dr Jeremy Bending SUS-140104-102500001
Dr Jeremy Bending SUS-140104-102500001

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have celebrated the retirement of Dr Jeremy Bending consultant physician, diabetologist and endocrinologist at the DGH after a long career in the Health Service.

Dr Bending has devoted years of loyal service to his patients and colleagues. He qualified in 1974 after graduating from Westminster Hospital Medical School, University of London, where he had previously gained an honours degree in pharmacology.

He has worked at Addenbroke’s Hospital and Guy’s Hospital, where he was involved in many seminal research studies in diabetes.

On 1 April 1987 Dr Bending was appointed as the first Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Eastbourne. Through sheer hard work, fundraising, and determination from Dr Bending and his senior diabetes specialist Nurse Mrs Pari Sheppard, together with the contributions from the Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals, Eastbourne District Diabetes Centre was opened in 1991. Dr Bending was the pioneer of structured care for 20,000 people locally living with diabetes and Eastbourne Diabetes Centre has been recognised as a model for delivering diabetes care.

He was a founder member and National Officer of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD). For more than ten years he was the Postgraduate Clinical Tutor to Eastbourne, responsible for the medical education of doctors in training, as well as being the Foundation Sub-Dean of both the new Brighton & Sussex Medical School and Kings College Medical School students training in Eastbourne. The support he has shown over the years to nurses, medical colleagues and administrative support staff has been exceptional. Current and ex colleagues gathered on March 31 to wish him well and express their thanks.