Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1999 - 2000

Patrick Bates was the 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 guest speakers.

Charles Patrick Bates, always known as Patrick, was born in Hampshire and educated at St Edwards School, Oxford, New College Oxford and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School where he qualified BM BCh (Oxon). He was appointed Consultant Urological Surgeon to the City Hospital in 1973 after training at Birmingham Accident Hospital, Gloucester Royal Hospital, the Middlesex Hospital and St Peter's Hospital for Stone. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1965, Hunterian Professor there in 1970, and was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine from Oxford in 1973.

Shortly after arriving in Nottingham Patrick Bates set about developing and expanding urological services in the City. He was an industrious fundraiser and was able to bring to Nottingham specialised equipment which an impoverished National Health Service could not afford. One of his appeals resulted in the introduction of the lithotriptor putting Nottingham in the forefront of this type of therapy at that time. 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 for the variety of entertaining speakers he was able to persuade to come to the Society. Those who were present will never forget Kate Adie, the BBC Correspondent, who addressed a 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, with his wife Jenny, whom he met as an undergraduate. Such was his reputation that Christopher Lloyd described him, in the Sunday Times, as one of the best gardeners in the Midlands. He is much in demand to show visitors round the garden and to speak at gardening clubs. He is also an accomplished cabinet maker who makes furniture and grandfather clocks for the family