Nottingham Hospitals History



(1876 - 1943)

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society


Adam Fulton:- 418, Nottingham Road, Old Basford, Nottingham. (Neilson & Fulton). B.A.R.U.I., 1888, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., 1893 (Queen's College Belfast and Dublin). Association in Arts, Senior School, in Natural History, Queen's College, Belfast and Dublin, Member of the Advisory Committee, National Health Insurance Commission. Member of the Council of the British Medical Association. Chairman of the Nottingham Medical Committee. Member of the Nottingham Local Insurance Committee. Ex President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Late:- Resident Clinical Assistant, Belfast Royal Infirmary.

Medical Directory 1915


Adam Fulton, after a successful student career in Belfast, qualified as M.B., B.Ch., B.O.A., and settled near Nottingham, where he built up a large colliery and industrial practice. He joined the British Medical Association in 1904, and in 1910 came to the Annual Meeting in London as Representative of Nottingham. He continued as a Representative until 1914, was a member of the Council from 1913 to 1920, and a very active member of many committees. In 1920 he accepted an invitation to become a Divisional Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, and was thus lost to active Association work though always keeping up his membership and his interest in its work.


In a tribute a former colleague wrote:- Fulton was a general practitioner of a very fine type, who secured himself the confidence and affection not only of his patients but of his colleagues, and both made heavy demands on his energies which were cheerfully accepted. He was very prominent in the struggle over the 1911 National Health Insurance Bill, and took a characteristically sane part in the discussions. He was a man of strong moral courage and never concealed his opinion - not too popular at the time - that if the main demands of the profession were met, as they eventually were, the new health service would be a boon  to the public and to the profession. He was vice-chairman for some years of the Nott’s Insurance Committee, and in other ways, both locally and centrally, made his influence so felt that it was no surprise when he was invited to go to the Ministry of Health. I know that his advice was greatly valued by Smith Walker, then the chief medical adviser to the Ministry of Health on the Insurance side, and by Sir Robert Morant, its secretary. Fulton’s official duties, which were mainly concerned with Yorkshire, were carried out with his usual tact and sound judgement until the time of his retirement. But to me the quality of the man was best shown during the First World war when on his Local Medical War Committee and in cooperation with headquarters he organized the doctors in his district in a way which was not surpassed in any other area. The Nott’s area was exceptionally heavily depleted of doctors, but Fulton and his colleagues met the situation with great ingenuity and courage, and originated many ideas for the more economical use of doctors, which the Central Medical War Committee was preparing to adapt for use throughout the country if the incessant drain of practitioners into the Army had gone on. The Armistice fortunately intervened.

Since his retirement he had lived in Harrogate, where he continued in a private way to make himself useful to his profession and his neighbours. The older members of the profession who knew Fulton would, I am sure, agree with me that it was a privilege to know and work with a man who had such a great fund of common sense and good humour. He was always listened to with great respect in any committee in which he took part. Fulton had no family, but no notice of his career which is more formal would be complete if it did not mention that he often said but for his wife's interest in his medico-political work he could never have thrown himself wholeheartedly into work for his professional brethren.

B.M.J., October 9th, 1943, pages 467/8