Dr Jonathan Maw

We recently learned of the sad news that Dr Jonathan Maw passed away last month. Jonathan was consultant for diabetes in the area and did a huge amount of work to try to improve local diabetes care in the 1980s and 1990s.

Judith and Steve Strutt who worked closely with Jonathan to set up the Diabetes UK local group shared the following thoughts:

‘Jonathan was instrumental in the setting up of a Diabetes UK Voluntary Group in Tunbridge Wells and encouraging those with Diabetes and their families to join to listen to a whole range of specialists and to talk to other members looking after and managing the ups and downs of their condition.

Jonathan was President of the Group for many years and exceptional in this role, particularly in the open meetings with the local NHS to look at Diabetes services and the desire to retain a Specialist Diabetes centre when the new Pembury Hospital was being built.

We would often see Jonathan and his wife informally around Tunbridge Wells, particularly when the weather was fair and attended The Kings Charles the Martyr Church with him to share in his passion for classical music.

We will always remember Jonathan for his friendly and kind support for all of his Patients living with Diabetes and he will be sadly missed’

Dr Dennis Barnes, who succeeded Jonathan at the Trust, said

‘Even in his retirement, he remained incredibly supportive of the specialist Diabetes team at Pembury, and I was indebted to him for the deep knowledge that he had of local diabetes care and the wisdom that comes from vast experience in clinical practice. I have looked after a number of his patients following his retirement and they have all spoken highly of him. He was a good listener, had a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh!’