Farewell to children’s doctor after 24 years

Dr Ian Barker a consultant anaesthetist at The Children's Hospital, Sheffield

Dr Ian Barker a consultant anaesthetist at The Children's Hospital, Sheffield

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A DOCTOR who has spent nearly the last quarter of a century caring for thousands of children during surgery in Sheffield is set to retire.

Ian Barker, a consultant anaesthetist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, has spent 24 years preparing and supporting children through a host of surgical and medical procedures.

The 58-year-old said he had enjoyed his time with the trust.

He added: “I will miss my colleagues and many have become good friends.

“There’s a tremendous sense of camaraderie and team work here which makes it a very special place to work.”

Dr Barker joined the hospital in 1987 as a consultant, following a two-year spell working in Perth and Melbourne in Australia.

He used experience gained there to set up an intensive care transfer service in Sheffield to safely move the sickest children between hospitals.

Over the years his specialist areas in anaesthesia have included managing children needing surgery for airway problems and those with cleft lips and palates.

Dr Barker has also worked extensively with children with leukaemia and cancer, some of whom have required multiple procedures under anaesthesia to manage their conditions.

He said: “A very satisfying part of my job has been getting to know children who have needed a lot of procedures and their parents.

“The aim is to make the experience as straight forward and as stress-free as possible for the patient and their family. You get to know those who need anaesthetics, sometimes every week, and over time you build up a good relationship with them.”

The doctor, who lives in Sheffield with his wife Michelle, has also been involved in training anaesthetists over the years and plans to continue to use his experience by working with the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

He will also spend time renovating his house in the Dordogne, France, and enjoy more of the ‘great outdoors’.