Dr Sue Snowden: Long serving renal transplant lead

November 6 2018
We are sorry to report of the passing on Friday 13th July 2018, of Dr Sue Snowden. Sue was well known to many as the person responsible for the outpatient care of the renal transplant patients before Dr Joyce Popoola.

Sue came here from Dulwich Hospital in 1995 and many of the patients there followed in her footsteps. She is survived by her husband, known to many as the former Transplant Surgeon (Guy’s, Dulwich and St George’s Hospitals) Mr Michael Bewick, her son Tom and daughter Anna.  She was held in great esteem by patients and colleagues alike.  Our sincere condolences go to her family.   

Her former colleague, Dr Stephen Nelson said:

"I worked with Sue Snowden from 1992 and she was always a source of sage advice for patients and staff. She delivered care from an era when physicians were always available for advice and consultation, this was greatly valued by all who knew her. Above all she was a very modest person who did not push herself forward. She made a particular point of keeping her general medical skills up to date as well as being a transplant specialist, this was because patients valued her opinion on all matters medical even if they had other specialists involved with their care. She is of course greatly missed."

Our former St George's KPA chairman and long-time patient of Dr Snowden, Chris Eliot, said:

"It is with great sadness that Jane and I heard of Sue Snowdon's passing away.   She was a wonderful Renal Consultant and expert councillor but most of all a friend - not only to us but to all the patients who were lucky enough to be cared by her.
She will always be remembered fondly and our thoughts are with Mick, Tom and Anna."

 

We feel sure that there are many readers who would like to leave their thoughts and messages about Sue for others including her family to hear so please send those to us at info@sgkpa.org.uk. We will endeavour to publish all we are sent. Please mark them for the family only if you don’t want them to be published.

Respones to our article from other patients

Suzanne B said:

I am so sorry to hear that Sue is no longer with us. Sue helped me through my transplant in my early 20s (over 20 years ago now) and was adamant that it was just a bump in the road and shouldn’t stop me from doing what I wanted in life. She actively encouraged me to get back to working abroad and, even though it meant she would have to care for me from afar, she was happy to,  because she knew it was my dream.

I hope Sue knew the difference she made to mine and so many other patients lives. I for one will never forget her for it.

May she rest in peace.

Ula P said:

It was a shock to hear that Dr Sue pass away. She was a lovely person. She was always there for me and gave me encouragement. She will be very sadly missed. My condolences go to her family.

Josepha Murray said:

I was saddened to hear of Sue Snowden’s death. It seemed that she retired such a short time ago and was surely far too young to die. I had great respect for Sue’s knowledge. However I valued most her gentle manner and her genuine interest in me and my family. She always seemed to have time to listen to my worries and to hear about my family. Her room with its personal items felt like a safe haven.

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