Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
Mr A. N. Fawcett
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
Nigel Fawcett came from a family with strong medical links. His father Alan Wordsworth Fawcett FRCS was a Consultant Surgeon at Sheffield Royal infirmary, his mother Janet, and Anaesthetist and his grandfather, Professor Edward Fawcett FRS was Professor of Anatomy at Bristol University.
From 1948 to 1954 he was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, captaining the Rugby Fives team, Being Head of House and Deputy Head Boy, entering Trinity Hall, Cambridge as an Open Scholar he read for the National ScienceTripos in the first two years and Part 2 in his third year. Moving on to St Bartholomew's Hospital for his clinical training in 1958, he qualified MB, BChir in 1961. As a medical student he captained London University at Rugby Fives and was awarded a Full Purple.
Having decided at an early stage to embark on a surgical career, he became house surgeon firstly to Mr I P Todd (later Sir Ian Todd, President of the Royal College of Surgeons) and then secondly to Mr a W Badenoch at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. After further posting pathology at St Bartholomew's and Casualty and Surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary, Nigel Fawcett became a Surgical Registrar at Sheffield Royal Infirmary and pass the Final Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) exam in 1966.
The period in research in pancreatic secretion at the University Department of Surgery led to an MChir thesis from Cambridge. In 1969 he was appointed to the Sheffield Senior Registrar Rotation spending two years with Mr D.H. Randall at Sheffield and 18 months with Mr K.F. Wood at Leicester.
In January 1973 Nigel Fawcett was appointed Consultant General Surgeon to Nottingham General Hospital (later moving to the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham), Ilkeston General Hospital and Heanor Memorial Hospital. Throughout his career he maintained a wide interest in General Surgery. Initially he specialised in the surgical management of duodenal ulcers but, with the advent of effective drug treatment for the condition, the need for surgery passed. Later in his career the advent of increasing specialisation threatened to limit his lines of treatment but never quite did! The advent of laparoscopic surgery provided new challenges and he was the first person to perform a laparoscopic cholecystetomy in an NHS hospital in Nottingham. Later in his surgical career he fell from a tree while pruning, and broke both wrists but was back operating with his usual flair in the short time.
From childhood onwards Nigel Fawcett had a passion for aeroplanes and had always wanted to become a pilot. This ambition was fulfilled when he joined the Cambridge University Air Squadron in 1956. There he learned to fly in Chipmunks and passed the RAF Instrument Rating at that time. Reverting to flying when he became a Senior Registrar in Leicester, he gained his Pilots License and Night Rating and flew Aerobatic Cessnas. On being appointed to Nottingham, he joined Sherwood Flying Club and over the years flew a variety of aerobatic and non-aerobatic aircraft; in 1974 he won the club aerobatic competition.
This sea and sailing ships also held attractions. Starting as a Sea Scout he progressed to sailing trips across the Channel in the 1970s and flotilla sailing in the Aegean Sea, yachting around Turkey and in the Mediterranean. More recently his sailing has been confined to windsurfing.
Having played golf intermittently for most of his life, Nigel Fawcett really started to play in earnest in 1980. He joined Notts Golf Club in Hollinwell and subsequently Beeston Fields Club. On a steep learning curve he rapidly became a single figure handicap golfer, won numerous competitions and represented his club at local and national levels. He said to have indulged two of his passions by flying over the fairway at Hollinwell, much to the consternation of his fellow members!
An enthusiast for all types of physical activities Nigel Fawcett started snow skiing in 1960 in many resorts in Europe and the USA and took up water skiing in 1973. An intrepid traveller he has visited, with his wife, all the continents,, except Antarctica, including touring Tibet and going around the world twice.