Anthony Reynold Lucius Weekes

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a214
  1. Chineze Otigbah

    Anthony Reynold Lucius Weekes (“Tony”) was born in St Philip in Barbados. He was the son of a prominent parliamentarian in the Bajan government, the only boy of a family of eight sisters. His pioneering instincts were first evident when he applied for and obtained a scholarship to study medicine in Calcutta. Afterwards he came to England and worked at Oldchurch, Hackney, and Tottenham Hospitals while completing his postgraduate studies. He became a senior registrar at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and was appointed a consultant at the Rush Green Hospital, Romford, in 1976. This hospital later merged with Harold Wood and Oldchurch Hospital to become Queen’s Hospital.

    He was always an innovator and was one of the early exponents of colposcopic and laparoscopic/endoscopic techniques when these were relatively new to medical and surgical practice.

    He was later to become a founding member and chairman of the newly formed minimal invasive and endoscopic surgery committee, created to further the development of minimally invasive surgery in the trust.

    He was passionate about the importance of the role of the nurse practitioner, developing nurse colposcopy and hysteroscopy training programmes.

    He was an excellent laparoscopic surgeon and travelled to develop his skills and to teach and provide mentorship to fellow consultants. He collaborated with centres in France and the United States and practised advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques such as laparoscopic retroperitoneal para-aortic dissection and radical trachelectomies.

    He was published, and although did not provide a training scheme for laparoscopic surgery, “working with Mr Weekes” was the aspiration of any budding laparoscopic surgical/gynaecological trainee.

    Despite his achievements he shunned publicity.

    He was a keen gardener and dog lover. He is missed by his family, colleagues, trainees, and patients.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a214


    • Consultant gynae-oncologist Queen’s and King George Hospitals, Essex, and honorary consultant gynae-oncologist Barts and the Royal London Hospital (b 1941; q Calcutta 1968; FRCS, FRCOG), died from myocardial infarction on 15 February 2008.

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