Hundreds of mums and dads have paid tribute to a consultant surgeon who set up Northampton’s first infertility clinic.
William ‘Roy’ Davies was appointed as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Northampton General Hospital in July 1985, and immediately set up the Infertility Clinic.
He was still employed at NGH when he died before Christmas, having helped thousands of previously childless couples start a family.
A tribute page set up in his memory on Facebook has seen hundreds of mums and dads post messages of condolence, along with pictures of the children he helped bring into the world - some of whom are now adults.
As well as using his expertise to ensure pregnancies, in some cases over the course of a decade or more, he also delivered babies personally.
A JustGiving page set up in his memory by his secretary at NGH, Helen Joyce, has so far raised over £4,000, more than 16 times the target amount.
Mrs Joyce wrote: ”I would very much like to raise money in his memory. His passing has been such a shock to his work colleagues, friends and patients. His legacy will live on in the many families he has helped.”
Mr Davies founded the Assisted Conception Unit at the Three Shires Hospital (Northants Fertility Service).
Just ten years later, by which time the service had become part of the ‘Care Group’, the unit had seen well over a thousand babies born.
He saw NHS patients at Northampton General but also used his expertise as a sessional consultant round the corner at the Care clinic.
Aside from his clinical work, he had been an expert witness in infertility since 1990.