Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1986 - 1987

During the 1980's the role of the Medico-Chirurgical Society evolved from a Society primarily concerned with postgraduate educational to a professional forum for medical life within the City. Coming to the Presidency of the Society after many years as a general practitioner in the City Maurice Everton was well placed to cement bonds between the established family doctors. This he did with considerable aplomb, introducing speakers and activities of interest to all branches of the profession and fostering good will amongst the members.

Maurice Everton, a midlander, by birth and education, went to Kings Norton Grammar School, Birmingham and the moved on to Birmingham University where he qualified M.B Ch B in 1950. After working as a pre-registration House Officer at Walsall Manor Hospital he was conscripted into the Royal Army Medical Corps (R.A.M.C.) for his National Service, working as an Embarkation Medical Officer in Southampton dealing with all aspects of medicine with regard to troopships.

His wife, Jean, had worked as a physiotherapist at the General Hospital and she persuaded him to move to Nottingham where he entered practice on the Woodborough Road. His routine work expanded to take in sessions as a clinical assistant at Mapperley Psychiatric Hospital, where with Dr J Nelson, another President of the Society they became two of the earliest GPs to contribute to the work of a Psychiatric Hospital in Nottingham.

The respect with which his colleagues held Maurice Everton led to his being Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee, a position he held for five years.

He became a member of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society shortly after arriving in Nottingham and before long was inveigled into becoming Social Secretary by the irascible, charismatic but persuasive gynaecologist J B Cochrane who was then President. Arequest from ‘J B’ could not be refused! After 5 years as Social Secretary he moved on to the Society’s Council at a time of important change when the Society was selling the previous home in St James Street to the Postgraduate Centre at the Nottingham City Hospital. He was elected President of the Society in 1987.

An affable and popular man Maurice Everton enjoyed a full and active social life within the City being at times President of Nottingham Round Table, President of the Nottingham "41" club and President of Queen Anne's Bowling Green.