Rodney Lloyd Herbert

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7662
  1. Daryl Herbert

Rodney Lloyd Herbert was a GP who was cherished and loved by his Chingford community and the surrounding areas. He was known for his down to earth and “say it as you see it” attitude. He gave 49 years of devoted service to all his patients—from babies to elderly people. Many became his friends, and there was a mutual respect and reciprocal feeling in return. He earned the respect of all his GP and consultant colleagues past and present, and other GP’s and medical student often sought his advice and used him as a sounding board. His personal insight into generations of families that he had treated over his 49 years in Chingford gave him knowledge unlikely to be seen or paralleled again.

He was a founder member of the North East London Accident Unit, later to become known as BASICs, and a founding member of the Resuscitation Council UK. He gave emergency medical assistance at thousands of road traffic crashes, and attended many serious disasters, the Moorgate tube accident and the Marchioness pleasure boat disaster being just a few. Over the years he taught at Whipps Cross Hospital and many student doctors at his clinic. He lectured internationally on immediate care schemes, wrote numerous articles, and was involved in the making of a film of emergency medicine that won a silver award. Rodney Herbert was a regular medical attendant at the London Marathon and in 1990 saved a man’s life after he had a heart attack just yards from the finish line.

His GP practice was very diverse. He saw normal patients in NHS practice and private patients; he ran a dietary clinic, performed minor surgery on a regular basis, and was one of the last GPs to be present and deliver his own patients’ babies into the world.

Rodney Herbert was a one off, he was “old school” and he will be missed by all his patients, colleagues, the general community, and his family. His wife, Linda; and his children, Tanya, Daryl, and Simeon would like to thank all those people who have shown kindness and support at this difficult time.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7662


  • General practitioner Chingford (b 1940; q Leeds 1963), died from pulmonary fibrosis on 30 September 2014.

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