Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
Charles Patrick Bates
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
1999 - 2000
Patrick Bates was the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society’s President for the year of the Millennium. He was an internationally known urological surgeon, but he will be remembered within the Society for bringing together, in his presidential year, a wonderfully talented and entertaining group of speakers.
Charles Patrick Bates, always known as Patrick was born in Hampshire and educated at St. Edwards School, Oxford. He trained at the Oxford and Middlesex Hospital Medical School where he qualified B.M., BCh. (Oxon). After graduating at Medical School he began his career with various appointments throughout England beginning at the Birmingham Accident Hospital, the Gloucester Royal Hospital, the Middlesex Hospital and St. Peters Hospital for Stone. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1965, which was followed in 1970 when he was appointed Hunterian Professor, again by the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1973 he was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine from Oxford University, and in the same year was appointed Consultant Urological Surgeon to the Nottingham City Hospital.
Shortly after arriving in Nottingham Patrick Bates, together with another Matthew Gray another former President of the Society set about developing and expanding urological services in the City. Patrick was an industrious fundraiser and was able to bring to Nottingham specialised equipment, which an impoverished National Health Service could ill afford. An accomplished surgeon in all aspects of urology he had a particular interest and expertise in the problems of incontinence in women. In later years his opinion was much valued in medico-legal cases.
His presidency is best remembered by the series of entertaining speakers he was able to persuade to come to the Society’s meetings. Those who were present will never forget Kate Adie, the BBC Correspondent, who addressed the lecture theatre so crammed full of members that many had to sit on the steps.
Outside medicine Patrick Bates enjoyed a second life at his home in Burton Joyce where he developed and cultivated a beautiful garden. Such was his reputation that Christopher Lloyd described him, in the Sunday Times, as one of the best gardeners in the Midlands. He was much in demand to show visitors round the garden and to speak at gardening clubs.