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Biographical entry Wetherell, Geoffrey Alfred (1920 - 2006)

MB ChB Liverpool 1943; FRCS 1952; MCh 1953.

17 July 2006
Orthopaedic surgeon


Geoffrey Wetherell was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Clatterbridge Hospital, Wirral, Merseyside. He studied medicine in Liverpool and, after qualifying in 1943, did his house jobs there. He carried out his war service in the Royal Air Force Medical Services, serving in the Far East Land Forces, and retired as a squadron leader.

After the war he returned to Liverpool for further training in orthopaedics, working with T P McMurray and others. He passed his FRCS 1952. In 1953 he was awarded the degree of master of surgery in orthopaedics from Liverpool University.

Subsequently he was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon to Clatterbridge Hospital, where he spent a busy surgical life. An early practitioner of hip replacement surgery, he was an enthusiast for the use of metal-on-metal prostheses. He did not support metal-on-plastic experiments. Spinal surgery was also an expertise he developed.

After retiring he remained very energetic and developed many hobbies. He was a keen woodworker and gardener, and enjoyed DIY.

In 1948 he married Rosemary and they had three children. His daughter, Lindsay, trained as a physiotherapist. His older son, Roderick, was strongly influenced by his father and trained in orthopaedics, however he has specialised in hand surgery. His youngest son, David, is a solicitor. Geoffrey Wetherell died on 17 July 2006.

Norman Kirby

Sources used to compile this entry: [Roderick Wetherell].

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