Nottingham Hospitals History



Described as having a clear and penetrating mind and getting to the heart of the problem, originally from Airdrie in Scotland, Dr Joseph Wilkie Scott's association with Nottingham began when he was appointed as assistant house physician to the Nottingham General Hospital in 1899.

Wilkie Scott, after holding various house appointments at the General Hospital went into partnership as a general practitioner in the city. This practice was unfortunately cut short in 1914 with the outbreak of the First World War.

Wilkie Scott joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was appointed as medical officer to the 1/7th Sherwood Foresters (Robin Hoods) in 1913.

It was whilst on active service in France in 1915 that he took part in the Battle of the Hohenzollern Redoubt, which in the first few minutes of fighting, resulted in 3,643 casualties.

It was said of Wilkie Scott in the official history of the Robin Hoods: "The casualties greatly exceeded the number anticipated, and consequently Captain Scott was working at very high pressure, as the dressing station at all times was coming under continuous shell fire."

For his courage and dedication to duty, he was recommended for the D.S.O. and was later awarded the M.C.

With the rank of Major, Wilkie Scott was to see out the rest of the war in a Base Hospital in the UK in charge of a medical division.

After the war, on his return to civilian life in 1918, he was elected Honorary Physician to the Nottingham Children's Hospital. In 1919 he was elected Honorary Physician to the Nottingham General Hospital. In 1938, as a tribute to his good work in that branch of the medical profession, he was elected President of the British Paediatric Association.

A History of the General Hospital near Nottingham, Frank Jacob