ON Friday, St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny will lose the services of a man that has made it one of the best medical facilities in the country.
Consultant surgeon, Ian Wilson, former Kilkenny Person Of The Year, will step down having successfully treated thousands of patients in a glittering career. Born in 1949, he is noted for his great work ethic and has operated on a person from almost every family in Kilkenny.
He was a founder of the Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care Team which provides home help to those with cancer. He is the chairman of that body and central in its fundraising drive to maintain the excellent level of service it provides. His colleagues hold him in the highest regard and since he started working as a consultant surgeon in St Luke’s back in 1987, he has made a huge positive impact on the lives of many. He was the hospital’s first surgical clinical director and helped to streamline services to allow St Luke’s, successfully, carry out many more procedures that it ought and has worked closely with Dr Gary Courtney to prove that small hospitals can do things just as well, if not better, than bigger ones.
He was regional director of cancer services for the south east and without him, breast cancer services for the region would never have been centralised at Waterford Regional Hospital.
Above all, Ian Wilson was, in his role as a public health professional, accessible. A man who treated his patients with dignity. It is understood that he will continue practising medicine outside of St Luke’s and will continue in his role as a surgical tutor with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland to higher and specialist level.