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Biographical entry Jones, Eric Reginald Lloyd (1939 - 2013)

MRCS 1962; FRCS 1967; MB BS London 1962; LRCP 1962.

5 October 1939
6 May 2013
Accident and emergency surgeon and Orthopaedic surgeon


Reg Jones, 'Jones the Bones' to his friends and colleagues, was a consultant orthopaedic and accident surgeon in the south east Kent, Canterbury and Thanet area. He was born in Southport on 5 October 1939, the son of Eric Lloyd, a transport manager, and Royal Audrey Joan Lloyd née Johnstone-Brown, a housewife. He attended Waterloo Grammar School, left to go to King's College Medical School a year early at the age of 17, and graduated in 1962.

He held house posts at Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth, King's, and at Luton and Dunstable, Devonport and Frenchay hospitals. In 1968 he began his training in orthopaedic and accident surgery at King's.

In 1971 he was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic and accident and emergency surgeon for south east Kent, which covered Ashford Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital (Folkestone), Kent and Canterbury Hospital and the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital (Margate).

He had a particular interest in children's orthopaedics and started the first children's orthopaedic clinic at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. He wrote several papers, including 'Displaced factures of the neck of the radius in children' (J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1971 Aug;53[3]:429-39) and 'Sacral extradural cysts. A rare cause of low backache and sciatica' (J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1973 Feb;55[1]:20-31). He also helped develop a machine which used pulsed electromagnetic stimulation to promote cellular healing in bone fractures, which could be used in outpatient clinics as opposed to invasive surgery.

He was also interested in sports orthopaedics. He attended boxers when they had fights at Leas Pavillion in Folkestone, was medical adviser to Kent County Cricket Club for 18 years, and accompanied West Bromwich Albion football team on their visit to China in 1977.

In 1994 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, forcing him into early retirement as he was unable to operate.

Outside medicine, he was a lifelong supporter of Liverpool football club. He was a keen bird and wildlife photographer, and travelled the world to follow his passion, including trips to Antarctica, South America, Indonesia, Vietnam and Costa Rica.

He met his wife Candy (Shelagh Ann Hayward), a nurse, in 1963 whilst they were both working on the orthopaedic ward at King's. They married in March 1964 and had four children, Sarah, Peter, Debbie and Alex. Jones died on 6 May 2013 at the age of 73. He was survived by Candy and their children.

Richard Collins

The Royal College of Surgeons of England