Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1979 - 1980

James Fulton Neil, an otological surgeon at the General Hospital and later the Queen's Medical Centre, emulated his father Mr W F Neil, who had been a surgeon at the General Hospital Nottingham, by becoming President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society.

James Neil, always known to his friends as Jimmy, was educated at Uppingham School, Rutland from where he went up to Queens College Cambridge just before World War II. He completed his clinical studies at the Middlesex Hospital graduating MB BChir in 1943 and having qualified as Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 1942.

He saw service as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1943 to 1946 and on return from the Army began training as an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon at the Institute of Laryngology and Otology Hospital in London and later as an ENT registrar at the General Hospital Nottingham. During this period he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1947 and gained the Diploma in Laryngology and Otology (DLO) in 1951.

Appointed consultant initially to the General Hospital Nottingham and Kings Mill Hospital Mansfield he moved to the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham when it became the first new medical school in the UK since the opening of the Welsh School of Medicine at the turn of the 19th century.  As a senior surgeon in Nottingham he undertook a heavy administrative load both in the NHS and with the expanding new medical school. As a clinical teacher he was responsible introducing otolaryngology into the curriculum and proved a popular teacher with undergraduates and postgraduates.

At a national level Jimmy Neil's distinction in the speciality was recognised by his Presidency of the Section of Laryngology of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1978/9 and by Presidency of the Midland Institute of Otology from 1981 to 1984.

He was very much a natural choice for the Presidency of the Medico-Chirurgical Society having been an active supporter over the years. Many will remember his outstanding Presidential Address, wonderfully supported by audio-visual effects including an example of Cleo Lane's phenomenal vocal range! In his retirement he was able to enjoy making his own music, as an accomplished cellist, in a local orchestra.