Family planning doctor put her patients first

Diana Cogswell
Diana Cogswell

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a doctor who was well-known across the community.

Dr Diana Cogswell, 71, died earlier this month after a short illness.

Initially she worked as a schools doctor but moved on to specialise in family planning and menopause management, which led her to forge relationships across the south.

Sarah Randall, a consultant at the Ella Gordon Unit, St Mary’s Hospital, said Dr Cogswell was a ‘valued colleague and friend’ and added, ‘Diana was already working at the unit when I arrived in 1984.

‘She was one of the stalwarts with Pauline Thomas, Mary Brown and Jenny Bateman.

‘Without their support my job would have been so much harder and far less enjoyable.

‘Diana was a committed clinician. Patients came first and her reliability and conscientiousness were exemplary.’

Dr Cogswell’s main clinic was in Petersfield but she also had sessions at Waterlooville, Havant, Cosham, Gosport, Somers Town and Old Portsmouth.

The Emsworth resident was a founder member of the British Menopause Society and worked at the Ella Gordon Unit from its inception.

As a founder member of what is now the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, she was awarded member status and lectured to local GPs.

Both Dr Cogswell’s daughters attended Portsmouth High School for Girls where she became a governor.

She was also a member of the Waterlooville and District Ladies Circle and Waterlooville and District Tangent, becoming chairman of both organisations.

In 2006 she retired and became a founder member of Ems Valley University of the Third Age.

Dr Cogswell’s architect husband Ted, who designed The News Centre in Hilsea, died in the 1990s.

She leaves behind partner Alan Borrow, two daughters and two grandchildren.

All are welcome at her funeral will take place at St James’ Church, Church Path, at 11.30am on Thursday.

Dr Diana Cogswell June 28, 1943 to January 13, 2015