1.       Annual Dinner 1994
2.       John Russell
3.       New Members
4.       Noted by an Astute Member
5.       Where are they now ? - Mike Tibbetts

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This was held at Spring Grove House on Friday 13tt May 1994. Approximately 130 members and their guests attended. The guest speaker was Mr. Henry Sandon of Worcester, a well known expert on porcelain and best known for his appearances on the television, especially the Antiques Road show. After an initial highly amusing summary of his career, he made comments and valuations on antiques produced by members of the audience. His presentation lasted almost 2 hours.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. David Malcomson, social secretary on behalf of the society.

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John loved cricket. Hen enjoyed the game ever since he started playing at school (Shaftesbury) at which time he discovered his abilities as a wicket keeper and batsman. There was a temporary lull in his cricketing activities whilst at Charring Cross Hospital , but he resumed his wicket keeping in earnest when he came to Kidderminster to join the practice of Beatty & Wadsworth in Church Street .

While here he played for Kidderminster Cricket Club at the Chester Road ground, then later Bewdley Cricket Club. He also became involved with a team called the 'Worcester Gents' who used to visit many of the local public schools such as Malvern Rugby, Shrewsbury etc.

John started a series of contests between the doctors and the police and also for many years played in the Birmingham doctors Vs the Clergy matches. It is indeed fitting that our present cricket cup should have been presented by Maudie, his widow.


On a hot, sultry Summer's day this year's cricket match was held once again at Winterfold School. For the spectators with picnics and wine the conditions were ideal. For the players it was decidedly overpowering weather. The rules this year were so organised that all players had two overs bowling and four overs batting. If a batsman was out, he stayed in (!!!!!) but lost 5 runs. The consultants, batting first, scored 109 with 9 wickets lost. After tea, the GPs scored 106 with eight wickets lost. The GPs therefore won by 2 runs (!!??!!). The teams were;

CONSULTANTS                    GPs

P. Thorpe (capt)                      D. Starkie
U. Udeshi                                R. Summers
C. Gait                                     R. Herbert
M. Lewis                                  R. Horton
D. Cleak                                  O. Horton
J. Cleak                                   J. Jarvie
A Thorpe                                 T. Jarvie I
S. Cox                                     N. Jarvie
G. Cox                                    D. Malcomson
P. Brakewood                        M. Thorpe
S. Bhudani                              F. Morgan(captain)

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Mike Davies

I qualified from Cambridge University ( Gonville & Caius College ) in 1975 and undertook my house jobs at Luton & Dunstable Hospital (surgery) and New Addenbrooks, Cambridge (medicine). I was then appointed to an SHO rotation scheme in Leicester, and came to Birmingham in 1978, first as an SHO in cardiology and then as a Sheldon Research fellow and honorary registrar in I cardiology at East Birmingham Hospital. In 1981 I was appointed as lecturer and honorary senior registrar in cardiology at the University of Birmingham and West Midlands Regional Health Authority. In 1984 I was appointed as senior lecturer in cardiology at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at East Birmingham Hospital . I moved to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital following the transfer of the academic department of cardiology in 1990. Subsequently in 1993 I was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Senior lecturer in Cardiology at Selly Oak Hospital  

For many years I have provided cardiac services to the Kidderminster District and hold monthly electrocardiography and twice monthly out patient clinics at Kidderminster Hospital . I was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1992. I was appointed by the University of Birmingham as senior tutor to the medical students in 1990 and together with the year tutors I am responsible for their academic and pastoral welfare during their time at the University. I have a considerable interest in medical education and am a member of the Curriculum Development Committee and chairman of the Pre-Clinical Board of Examiners. I am the cardiology member on the steering committee of the West Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedic Training Scheme responsible for providing resuscitation and advanced life support within the community of the West midlands. My research interests are concerned with pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure, particularly the role of the sympathetic nervous system and mechanism of action of ACE inhibitors. I also have a major interest in the provision of open access cardiac investigation facilities. My hobby is medical philately and I have produced a number of articles on this subject. Part of my collection formed the annual exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1987 and was invited as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the World Health Organisation in Geneva in 1988.

Alan Bennett

My career in anaesthetics has taken me to a number of different hospitals, small and large, general and specialist, quiet and busy, but not quite as friendly and efficient as Kidderminster General Hospital . Since my medical student days in Dundee, I have always wanted to work in small hospitals and hence Warwick , which I had visited as a student, was an ideal place to start. My ambition was to be a G.P. in the Scottish Highlands, but Warwick taught me two lessons; that anaesthetics as a career can be great fun, and secondly, that English beer is not so bad after all! , Further basic training in my beloved home town of Glasgow was followed by 2 fascinating Winters and a delightful Summer at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden . Luckily, most people there speak very good English, except when they are anaesthetised, I hasten to add. For all trainees, I can but recommend a period of travelling abroad as it provides a yard stick against which to measure life, and the health services in this country. My interest in regional anaesthesia and in the treatment of chronic pain was stimulated when there, and developed more as a senior registrar an rotation around Birmingham . I am very pleased to have joined the department here and I am looking forward to getting to know all of my colleagues in  the area.

Dr Saverrymuttu

Graeme Wilcox asked me to write a small piece about myself and I confess to being a little unsure as to what is required, so, here goes. Neville Chamberlain was indirectly responsible for my being here. On 3rd September 1939 when he declared war on Germany , my parents were on board a ship moored by the Suez Canal en route from Columbo to England . Uncertainties prevailed, and five Ceylonese couples transferred to a return ship but the sixth continued on to London where my father started a course at Imperial College London and decided to stay. They settled in Hampshire where my sister, brother and I were educated, each wanting to become a doctor. Prior to going to university I took a year off travelling as a volunteer with VSO to Jamaica where I taught music and science in a junior secondary school (equivalent to a middle school). A wonderful experience and hopefully enabling me to empathise more sympathetically with teachers! I enjoy classical music, playing the piano and more recently the classical guitar.

Medical studies were completed in London where I joined my brother (he is now a gastroenterologist in Chelmsford ) firstly at UCL and then UCH. It was in London that I  and we moved to Stourbridge to be closer to his parents in Leominster . I completed the training scheme, joined my training practice and spent 10 years learning to unravel the mysteries of the Black Country dialect whilst respecting their stoicism as patients. The advent of the new contract brought change and it was time to move on. I moved to the Wyre Forest 2 years ago, joining Philip Hughes at Cookley. It is a delightful village and practice. We hope to see the changes taking place in General Practice and I look forward to the future.

Terrence James Priestman

I graduated from the Westminster Medical School in 1968 and went on to do a number of general medical jobs in London before specialising in radiotherapy and oncology. My registrar post was at the Westminster Hospital and I completed my training as senior registrar at the Christie Hospital Manchester.

In 1974 I was appointed to a consultant post in Radiotherapy and Oncology in Cardiff but after 3 years I left the NHS to concentrate on research, working with the Wellcome Research Laboratories on the development of Interferons. I returned to clinical work in 1981 as a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , Birmingham and initiated a clinic in Kidderminster the following year. As part of a regional reorganization of radiotherapy services, designed to reduce waiting times for treatment, I moved my base from Birmingham to Wolverhampton at the beginning of 1990, retaining my Kidderminster commitment. I still have an active research interest, am an examiner for the Royal College of Radiologists and have served as a member of that college's council. For the past 4 years I have edited the journal 'Clinical Oncology'. I am married with 3 children. My principal relaxation is water colour painting.

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Following 'Doing the Rounds' last week, pointing out the dismay of the staff in the Kidderminster Health :care NHS Trust at their being bottom of Mrs. Bottomley's statistics, I am happy to tell you that we have now solved the problem. This involves adopting a new definition of the word 'month'. In future, we shall be using not the calendar or lunar month but the NHS month, in which there are an infinitely variable number of days calculated by dividing the out-patient waiting time by a number less than three. We believe this formula to be in general use within the National Health service already.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. L.P. Glossop FRCS


Society members will be interested to know that 2 members - Walford Gillison and Chris Gait - cycled on a tandem from lands End to John Q'Groats to raise funds for the league of Friends. The journey was successfully completed in seven days and the League of Friends have benefitted to the tune of over 5000 with still more coming in. Well done gentlemen!!

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Some of your (older) readers may remember me as Donald Black's partner prior to my emigration. I had qualified in 1954 and after 4 house jobs at Dudley Road Hospital and 2 years in the army had settled in Stourport. Actually, I was reasonably content with my lot, enjoying General Practice and my position as clinical assistant in anaesthesia at the old Kidderminster General Hospital . However, elements of discontent were present, including 4-14-6d for my weekly six hour anaesthetic session; and where, after 8 years, was the anaesthetic 'specialist' I was supposed to assist?

So, in January 1966, off to Edmonton , Alberta with wife and 2 babies. I was 36. Leaving behind England and family. A time of excitement, energy and romance. The temperature when we landed in Canada was 35 below freezing. We had snow for 5 months of the year and temperatures were frequently 20 to 30 below freezing. There followed 6 months residency in anaesthesiology and then to Leduc, a small prairie town for 8 wonderful years. Small brand new hospital, general practice where you have to do all sorts of things, lots of anaesthesia and babies, and I was the airport doctor at the new and large Edmonton International Airport . As far removed from Worcestershire as you can possibly imagine.

The work was very hard and extraordinarily satisfying. The life in a small prairie town intimate and satisfying. Although we experienced this wonderful small town existence, we did have Edmonton , the capital city of Alberta , half an hour away. There, we had the university hospital for sophisticated medicine and all the facilities of a modern city for our excitement and entertainment, Indeed, we had the best of both worlds.

In 1974 we decided on a second 'emigration' and came to Victoria , British Columbia . The retirement centre of Canada, Victoria is the capital city with a moderate climate and a large English population, This is quite an attractive part of the world we are in fact hosting the commonwealth games in August 1994, Since we arrived, I have again combined general practice with anaesthesia. Now 63, I plan soon to quit my general practice and do part time IV sedation in Dental Offices.

Would I do it allover again ? You better believe it. And what qualities must you possess to be a successful immigrant? You must be a bit mad, have the ability to work very hard, but most important you must have an incredible wife!

Mike Tibbetts

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