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Offline peterchall

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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 22:12:15 »
Thanks for that, it looks complicated :)
Did Dr Gee win his case?
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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2013, 17:48:58 »
When I saw the name Dr. Sidney Gee, the name `rang a bell` but couldn`t remember why so I looked him up -

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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 17:17:41 »
What was the "That's Life" incident, please?
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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 17:12:31 »
Great to hear your recollections too Fred the Needle.  Yes there was that 'incident' with Thats Life, I hadn't realised he had won!  My last contact with him must have been in the late 60's when he refused to do a house visit to my dad. I recall being rather verbose with him over the phone and made mention of all the money he had made from my parents as they had been private patients for well over 20 years.  It would seem that his priority was more to do with profit than anything else.  The description of Poirot is very good.

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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 16:40:58 »
Dr Gee was my GP too.  And Ann's description of the premises is spot on as I remember it.  How that black door shone!  I didn't realise until later on that you could get medicines from other places (like Chemists  :))

I remember him as average height/tallish rather than short though.

The appointment system was introduced around the latter part of the 1960's I seem to recall.  I think I was about 14/15 so that would be about right I think.  Before that, it was a question of looking to see who was in the waiting room when you arrived and judging when it was "your turn"  :)

On one occasion I went there to find him seeing patients from a wheelchair!  Both his legs were in plaster as I recall.  He had apparently been on a skiing holiday and hit a goat!! (that may have been a yarn, but it was funny nonetheless).

Then suddenly, he was gone as a GP.  My memory of the events (and I choose my words carefully here) was that he and his wife set up an abortion clinic and slimming service.  Then there was that *ahem* "dispute" with the BBC programme "That's Life" which he won - £1million damages if I recall.

I was told that after he stopped being a GP, an Operating Theatre was installed in the building which had all black tiles.  I cannot vouch for the authenticity of that and I suspect it was just "old wives tales" - which my mother was very good at spreading.

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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 09:23:56 »
I think you mean Hercule Poroit the Belgian detective, an Agatha Christie figure, Signals. I think some in my family went to Dr Gee but I can't remember him at all but do vaguely remember the house on Victoria Street just past the haberdashers.........now there's a word we don't see much of these days.
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Re: Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2013, 21:20:44 »
Hi Ann
Absolutely spot on in your description of Dr Gee. The nearest I could get was the French detective (sorry I can't spell his name) but I bet you know who I mean. :)

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Dr Gee, Victoria Street, Rochester
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 14:30:25 »
Prompted by reading the thread Haberdashers  in Victoria Street and mention of Dr Gee at number 19, here are some of my memories.

Dr Sidney  Gee was a private doctor who practiced in Rochester in the late 40ís and well into the 70ís. The NHS had not come into being when I was born, and he was the doctor who my parents engaged for mumís confinement. This was in 1947 and at the time he was not married.  Both he and his future wife Dr Hill were in attendance for my very difficult entry into the world.

I have vivid memories of his surgery in Victoria Street; it was one of the terraced houses on the left as you approached from the Star Hill end, no. 19.  The black front door was always highly shiny and polished, and had a large brass knob and brass letterbox.  When you went in there was a small lobby area, and opposite the front door was a small hatch. This was where the medicines were dispensed from. After visiting the Dr you would present your prescription to the lady on the other side of the hatch and for a fee would be given whatever it was the Dr felt you needed.
To the right was the waiting room. I recall this as being a square shaped room with tall back chairs lining each wall, which I seem to recall having dark brown wood panelling half way up each ot them. In the centre was a table with magazines on, Readers Digest comes to mind. Also the very strong smell of lavender polish. I donít know how the appointment system worked, but recall a buzzer would denote when the next patient could go in.  Everyone sat very quietly in this room, and didn't talk.

My memory of visiting Dr Gee here (as a child) was of a small Jewish man with very dark, shiny and oily hair and a small moustache.  He used to sit behind a very high fronted ornate dark polished wooden desk in a large old leather chair.  Along one wall was the couch and this too was made of leather.  He terrified me, and much to my mother's horror I told him once when he did a home visit that I didnít like him.  He had a smarmy manner, but my parents must have had faith in him to continue going to him after the introduction of the NHS Ė we certainly were not wealthy.

I was interested to read from Signals99 about him specialising in 'anti social diseases', I had not been aware of this. However he does seem to have been someone who did practice in some of the more 'unconvential' ways. I do know that he was  known to be someone you could go to for abortions in the 60ís, and later on in the 1980ís he was involved in a scandal concerning a patient whom he had prescribed slimming pills for, and who died.

(Vaguely in the back of my mind recall that Gees, the pram and baby shop in Strood, was owned by the family, anyone confirm?)

 

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