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Doctor's sudden death 'suspicious'

THE coroner is investigating after a highly respected family doctor was found dead in his bed.

THE coroner is investigating after a highly respected family doctor was found dead in his bed.

Staff from Bunbury Medical Practice were among mourners at yesterday s funeral service for 41-year-old Dr Jonathan Town who first joined the surgery in 1990.

Dr Jonathan Town worked at the Bunbury Medical Practice

Dr Town was discovered at his home in Swanley on Tuesday last week after he failed to appear for work following the Bank Holiday weekend.

Coroner sofficer Kevin Greensmith, who is based at Crewe, said the death was being treated as suspicious and an inquest had been opened last Thursday.

Toxicology tests were being carried out as part of the post mortem examination and it could take several weeks before a cause of death was known.

Dr Town had been in partnership with Dr Anthony Hoy and Dr Helen Black at the village practice in Bowes Gate Road.

He is survived by his three young sons and was separated from his wife.

A statement released by the practice said: 'The sudden and untimely death of Dr Jonathan Town at the age of 41 has come as a severe shock to all those who knew him.

'He was a highly respected doctor who devoted much of his time to helping others.

'He would always listen to patients problems sympathetically nothing was too much trouble for him.

'He had a particular flair for engaging with sick children and was medical officer at Hebden Green School, Winsford.

'His passing is greatly mourned by his colleagues, patients and friends. He will be greatly missed by the practice and the community it serves.

'The number of condolences and tributes to his medical care arriving daily are almost overwhelming.'

As a mark of respect, the surgery remained closed all day yesterday, except for emergency cover. Dr Town's funeral, described as a private affair ,took place at Widnes Crematorium from where his family originate.

Dr Town was educated at the King's School, Chester, before studying medicine at Liverpool University. After qualifying in 1983, he worked in the Chester hospitals, joining Bunbury Medical Practice as a registrar in 1990 to finish his postgraduate training in General Practice.

He then worked as a family doctor in Australia for two years before returning to Bunbury in 1995 to become a partner at the surgery.

In a letter to patients, Peter Howley of the South Cheshire Health Authority, based at the Countess of Chester Health Park, worte: 'It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you of the sudden death of Dr Jonathan Town.

Jonathan was a valued colleague, a well-liked and respected member of our comunity and a tremendous asset to the practice. His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him and our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.


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