Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1993 - 1994

Nicholas (Nick) Galloway, an ophthalmic surgeon, was President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society during the 1993/4 session. His father Mr N P R Galloway, also an ophthalmic surgeon, had been President in 1950/51,.

Nick Galloway was educated at Shrewsbury, and at the Universities of Cambridge (BA, 1956) and Edinburgh, qualifying in medicine MB ChB from Edinburgh in 1959. He was house surgeon at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh from 1959 to 1960 and was senior registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital from 1963 to 1965.He gained the Diploma of Ophthalmology (Eng) in 1963 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1966.

He returned to his home City as a consultant surgeon at the Nottingham Eye Hospital in 1967 and later, with the development of the new Medical School in Nottingham, to University Hospital at the Queen's Medical Centre. It is of interest that in those early days the secretary of the Nottingham Eye Hospital was the same Mr Wilson who supervised the affairs of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society, and with his wife, lived in the flat above the Headquarters of the Society at St James Street.

Throughout his clinical career Nick Galloway was always very much the "physicianly" surgeon and was much in demand for his opinion about complex cases. Always a prolific writer, he contributed widely to the literature and published several books including Ophthalmic Electrodiagnosis (1981), Common Eye Diseases and their Management (1985) and Ophthalmology (1988). In 1988/90 his burgeoning reputation in the speciality was recognised by his Mastership of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress. Though national and international reputations often take their owners away from their clinical base this was certainly not the case with Nick Galloway. Throughout his career he gave sterling service to his hospital and was always available to help his fellow consultants and local general practitioners.

In his busy life he had served as Treasurer of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society before later becoming President. He recalls that he was more fortunate than his father in that all his speakers arrived on time for the meetings. In earlier days during his father's Presidency in 1950/51 one of the speakers, a Dutch Professor had to be collected from Sheffield. In those days "pea soup" fogs were commonplace in the winters in the north and the speaker of the evening had to walk in front of Mr Galloway Snr's car burning sheets of evening newspapers to show the way. President and speaker eventually made it!