‘Dedicated’ doc says goodbye

Paediatric consultant Steve Cade marks his retirement with a party for children and parents he's treated over the years.
Paediatric consultant Steve Cade marks his retirement with a party for children and parents he's treated over the years.

A consultant at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is retiring after 12 years of dedicated service.

Dr Steve Cade joined University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) in 2002 after working as an army doctor and undergoing paediatric specialty training with the Southampton Deanery.

Dr Cade initially started as a paediatrician but soon expanded his role through his passion for the job. Since starting at UHMBT Dr Cade has been Safeguarding Lead for children at the RLI, Clinical Lead for the RLI Paediatrics and a Royal College Tutor for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The trust said that Dr Cade’s dedication to treating children has led him to treat with complex needs, including anorexia nervosa, epilepsy and autism, within the community. He is known to staff and patients alike for his caring and sensitive approach.

When he was asked what he thought was the best thing about his career, he modestly said: “Fantastic colleagues and lovely patients”.

Dr Cade will now be taking time out to relax in his own way. He said: “I will be sailing around the coast of the United Kingdom with a friend. As my wife won’t let me buy a boat yet! “I won’t be scared of the treacherous waters around the Scottish Isles as I have survived repeated injuries from mountain climbing, ice climbing and mountain biking and still returned to work.”

Dr Cade will continue to share his community paediatric expertise with children and colleagues in the Kendal area.