Retirement of Dr Terry Daymond

February 26, 2007

From the "Sunderland Echo", February 25

The lives of thousands of patients have been transformed thanks to Dr Terry Daymond. But after nearly 28 years working at Sunderland Royal Hospital, it is time for the rheumatology consultant to retire. JULIE WILSON reports.

That's how patients see Dr Terry Daymond.

The caring Sunderland Royal Hospital consultant has brought hope to
those crippled with pain and helped people walk again and regain use of
their hands.

Tens of thousands of patients have been cared for by Dr Daymond, consultant in rheumatology, since he came to Wearside in 1979

But after decades of serving the city, Dr Daymond, a visiting professor at Sunderland University, has reached retirement.

Dr Daymond, who was 65 last Saturday, says he has enjoyed his career in Sunderland.

He said: "I wouldn't change it for the world. It's been wonderful."

Dr Daymond, who retired on Friday, worked with patients with rheumatoid
arthritis and osteoarthritis, back pain sufferers and those with ME and
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

On average he saw 1,000 new patients a year and has about 3,000 follow-up appointments.

He said: "I like the job. I've been very privileged to work here. I've met some very nice people.

"The facilities here have been wonderful and I've done a lot of work on various things."

Dr Daymond started work in Sunderland on November 1, 1979, covering the
District General, Royal Infirmary, Monkwearmouth and Ryhope Hospitals
and Washington Health Centre, and he achieved a lot during his years on


In the early days he worked with the Council for the Young Disabled.

He has been involved in a number of drugs studies, testing new
anti-inflammatory treatments to help improve the lives of patients and
he has given lectures across the world on his research.

In the 1990s, he spearheaded the Echo's Better Bones campaign to help
fight osteoporosis by raising £80,000 to buy a bone densitometer
scanner for the hospital.

In 1998, he was invited to become a visiting professor at the
University of Sunderland, with the automotive unit. He was involved in
research into car design and drivers with disabilities and arthritis.

More recently he was involved in setting up a multidisciplinary team
for patients with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and was a
clinical champion for the South of Tyne area.

Dr Daymond, born and brought up in Wimbledon, London, did his training at Edinburgh University.

He worked in King's Lynn, Norfolk, where he met his future wife Jackie,
a medical technician, in 1967, and the couple married two years later.

Dr Daymond has seen a lot of changes during his time in the NHS,
including a new anti-inflammatory treatments, called anti-TNF (tumour
necrosis factor) drugs .

He said: "Treatments have changed. It started off with very simple
drugs, now we've got more sophisticated drugs, which need a lot more

"It's very satisfying having a treatment you can provide which will
treat patients much better and relieve the symptoms better."

Dr Daymond is much loved by patients and some have been in tears at the news of his retirement.

He said: "They've all been very generous. I'm very grateful for the
very kind presents and cards they've given me. They've been very nice
and I will miss them."

Dr Daymond plans to spend more time with his family during his
retirement. He has four children, Carolyn, Joanna, Ben and Charlotte,
and four grand-children, who live in Exeter, Germany, Cambridge and

He said: "I've got family scattered around so I'll be able to go and see them.

"And I will have a nice quiet time with my wife and enjoy not having to get up too early."

Dr Daymond, who lives in Newcastle, says he plans to keep in touch with his friends and colleagues.

He said: "I would like to thank everybody – colleagues and staff – for
all their great support over the years and for the kindness of my

'He's given me hope'

GRATEFUL patient Margaret Windle says Dr Terry Daymond brought hope to her life.

The 68-year-old, who sufferers from ME and fibromyalgia, has
been treated by Dr Daymond since he arrived in Sunderland in 1979 and
was one of the first patients to see him.

Margaret says he has helped to give her a better quality of life and thinks he will be irreplaceable.

She said: "He's fantastic. I love him to death. He gives you hope. He's
a very, very caring doctor and a lot of people idolise him.

"He would help you with anything. He listens to you and he understands.

"He will be a sad loss. I don't think there will ever be a person to replace Dr Daymond. We're losing a brilliant man."
Margaret has had ME for 40 years.

Symptoms of the condition include crippling exhaustion, muscle pain,
headaches, difficulty sleeping, thyroid and vision problems.

Margaret, of Jarrow, has three daughters Susan, 49, Judith, 48, and Gillian, 45, and two grand-daughters, Rosie and Katie.


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