Dr Abani Kumar Pal

 

Dr Pal was born in Shibpur in India in 1931. He was one of 10 children. He was educated at the local junior and high schools before going on to St. Xavier's College in Calcutta.  

He applied to both Medical and Engineering college and was accepted to both but as his Grandfather wanted him to study medicine it was to the R.G.Kar Medical College that he went. After graduating he continued his training under an orthopaedic consultant in India before travelling to the USA and working in New York.

His first job in the UK was in Southampton, he then went on to do a course  at the Royal College of Surgeons in London before moving on to Rochdale Infirmary. The Royal Salop Infirmary in Shrewsbury was his next post and that is where he met Rona who was to become his wife. When he moved to his next post in Bradford, Rona followed him and they were married on December 5th 1964

On June 1st 1966 Dr Pal started work in the War Memorial Hospital in Rhyl. He was an Orthopaedic Registrar and then Clinical Assistant. When the War Memorial Hospital closed in 1980, Dr Pal worked in the Accident and Emergency department in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd becoming the first appointed A/E Consultant at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

He was a highly regarded doctor, well known for his meticulous attention to clinical detail and his work was second to none. The welfare of the patient was forefront in his mind at all times and his kind andcaring manner meant that patients felt very safe in his care. He was very well respected in the local community and this came from his commitment at work. He was totally committed to the staff he worked with, he could recall all the house staff that had worked on the A/E department and took great interest in
their development and the careers they moved on to. In any role respect can only develop by the effort put in, the welfare of all the staff that worked in the A/E department was so very important to Dr Pal and he recognised that the team is much more important than one person.

He wrote several papers in professional journals and took an active part in the functioning of the Casualty Surgeon's Association - at one time he represented the whole of Wales.

He was a fellow of the International College of Surgeons a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Accident and Emergency Medicine and Founding Member of the Faculty of the pre- hospital care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He was also the President of the local Division of the BMA during the mid 80's.

Dr Pal retired in 1996 and died in 2013 at the age of 81 having lived in Prestatyn for over 45 years.

There is a memorial to Dr Pal on a wall outside the new A/E or E.D. as it is now called and this feels that in a small way the first Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is maintaining a discrete watch on the department to check that all is functioning well.

                                      

                     

 

 

                                                         

               

  Professor Robert Owen 

   unveilling the Memorial

                                                    

                                             

             

 

          22nd May 2015   

     Rod McCulley and Mair Dowell