Peter William Hayward

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7236
  1. Howel Jones

Peter William Hayward did his house jobs at Putney and Mile End Hospitals and was a resident surgical officer post at Torbay Hospital. Joining the Royal Army Medical Corps he was posted to Sierra Leone and the military hospital at Daru. At this posting he had responsibilities well beyond what was to be expected from his previous experience. Naming his home Daru was a reminder of this testing time. After national service he abandoned his ambition to do surgery, and, initially single handed, he worked long hours to establish a successful general practice in his home town and earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and caring doctor. His easily recognised powerful voice helped to reinforce his advice to his patients. For many years Peter worked as an assistant to the dermatology department of the Coventry hospitals as well as doing part time occupational medicine, and for a time was doctor to Birmingham City Football Club. He was an enthusiastic golfer, gardener, and foreign traveller. He leaves his wife, Charlotte; two children; and three grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7236


  • Former general practitioner Coventry (b 1929; q Cambridge/Guy’s Hospital 1953), died from ischaemic heart disease on 15 July 2012.

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