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Biographical entry Laurence, Walter Nick (1918 - 2005)

LRCPI & LM, LRCSI & LM 1940; FRCS Edin 1945; FRCS 1952.

12 August 1918
20 May 2005
Orthopaedic surgeon and Trauma surgeon


Nick Laurence was an honorary consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Brighton. He was born on 12 August 1918 and qualified in 1940.

He was a wing commander and orthopaedic specialist in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and trained as a resident surgical officer at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and as a registrar in orthopaedics at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. From the 1950s he worked as a consultant at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, Brighton General Hospital and the Royal Sussex County Hospital. He was a fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association.

In the late 1960s, with his colleague Austin Brown, he advised on the design of the new accident and emergency block and orthopaedic department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Nick Laurence died on 20 May 2005, aged 86, from head injuries following an accident. He was survived by his widow Eileen, children David, Sue and Nicholas, and six grandchildren.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [Online Bulletin: News and Views from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust September 2005 - accessed 23 March 2015].

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