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Biographical entry Heyse-Moore, George Henry (1946 - 2007)

MRCS and FRCS 1975; MB BS London 1970; LRCP 1975.

26 December 1946
Exeter, Devon, UK
1 May 2007
Orthopaedic surgeon


George Heyse-Moore was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who practised at the James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth. He was born and brought up in Exeter, where his father, Henry Dendy Moore, practised as a general surgeon. The ‘Heyse’ component of his name came from his mother, who was a sculptor practising under her maiden name, Jacqueline Heyse. George was one of two sons who entered the medical profession - his brother is a consultant in palliative care.

After training at the Middlesex Hospital, George Heyse-Moore decided to specialise in orthopaedics, undertaking most of his training in the Exeter area. In 1983 he was appointed to his consultant post in Great Yarmouth. Two areas interested him in particular: revision hip surgery and the management of back problems and associated sciatica. He tackled the latter with his anaesthetist colleague, William Notcutt, who ran the pain relief clinic at the James Paget. In the 1990s they recruited a specialist spinal physiotherapist to an interdisciplinary team for the secondary care of back problems.

George Heyse-Moore did not enjoy the non-clinical aspects of medicine, which sometimes brought him into conflict with management. He was an avid writer of rather stroppy letters to the national and local press that always seemed to hit the target with devastating precision.

He admired P G Wodehouse, and had a special way with words, writing short stories and three novels. Shortly after taking up his consultant post in Great Yarmouth, his first wife, Monica, was killed in a car accident, leaving George to care for two young children, Tom and Hannah. Inevitably it took a long time for him to recover from this tragedy, but later he found happiness again as he married Elaine, who helped care for his children. George Heyse-Moore developed prostatic cancer which was unresponsive to treatment, and retired early because of this. He died on 1 May 2007.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2007 335 51].

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