Christopher Wrey Savile

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3893
  1. Isabel Savile,
  2. John Surtees,
  3. John Prosser

    Born into a military family in Hampshire, Christopher Wrey Savile was educated at Wellington College and trained in medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he excelled in rowing. His national service was mainly in the Middle East. He was visiting Eastbourne for a conference when he heard about a GP vacancy that couldn’t be advertised. Hence he will probably be remembered by most for being appointed to the College Road practice as a locum with a view to replacing Dr Bodkin Adams, who was on trial at the Old Bailey for murdering three patients: “I was perhaps the only GP to take up my appointment with the proviso, as one of my interviewers put it, ‘Depending on the course of Her Majesty’s justice’.”

    In 1974, encouraged by the clinical tutor John Surtees, he was the first course organiser, along with Alan Forster, of the Eastbourne GP vocational training scheme, against no little resistance. He introduced an educational course, “New Things”, aimed at GPs and made by GPs, and became the GP regional adviser to the regional postgraduate dean. He was an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners and national president of the Christian Medical Fellowship. Active in the charitable organisation Housing for Humanity, both locally and in Poland, he was also instrumental, with the aid of the local MP, Ian Gow, in obtaining adequate GP medical facilities for the Langney project, a new housing estate in Eastbourne. A courteous, humble, and gracious man, he leaves a wife and three sons.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3893


    • Former general practitioner Eastbourne (b 1927; q Cambridge/St Thomas’s Hospital, London, 1952; DTM&H), d 10 April 2009.

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