Nottingham Hospitals History


Arthur Courtenay Saunders

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1990 – 1991

Arthur Courtenay Saunders never uses second Christian name. To everyone he was Sandy. This was a pity, because in an early age Courtenay would have fitted perfectly with his adventurous vacation lifestyle, which complemented his busy career as a general practitioner in Nottingham. Away from this practice he was, at various times, Ocean yachtsmen, skier, but also, Walker and hill trekker.

Sandy Saunders saw war service from 1943 – 46 with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a Radar Officer and in the Glider Pilot Regiment, as part of the Army Air Corps. He suffered terrible 40% burns, being one of the early patients at Birmingham and later at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead becoming one of Sir Archibald McIndoe's Guinea Pigs.

He entered Liverpool University and qualified NB ChB in 1952 after various house appointments at Liverpool Stanley Hospital he became a general practitioner in Nottingham where he was suspended arrest of his professional career. He develops special interests in psychiatry and obstetrics. In the second half of his career he undertook training in hypnosis and gained the Diploma in Hypnosis at the University of Sheffield, becoming a Member of the British and the International Societies of Hypnosis.

Always a good "committeeman" Sandy was for many years and member of the Family Practitioner Committee, Nottinghamshire District Health Authority and the Nottingham Local Medical Committee. From 1976 until 1992 he was medical secretary of the LMC with a Medical Service Committee advisory role.

Shortly after arriving in Nottingham he became a member of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society which he served loyally over many years, in turn, Librarian (1960-62), Secretary (1970-74), President (1990-91 and Life Member in 1994. Given his background and interests it came as no surprise to the Members of the Society that, in his Presidential Address, they were transported to the Himalayas for tracking Expedition.

There were having a successful Presidency, Sandy will be remembered by the Society, for his time as Secretary, by elevating the reading of the minutes to an art form. At the beginning of each meeting, the Society had an amusing and perspective summary of the previous meeting, not infrequently spiced with Latin and Greek! Never before in the history of the Society has each reading of the minutes been greeted with prolonged applause!

In retirement Sandy was trekked doctor to the Khumba trek in 1990, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek in 1998 and the Langtang trek in 2000. He was a crew member in the Atlantic Rally for Cruises Las Palmas to Saint Lucia in 2002.