Geoffrey William HinchleyBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5172 (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5172
- Richard Neville Walker
Born the second of four children in Barrow in Furness, Geoffrey William Hinchley (“Geoff”) excelled both academically and athletically at Barrow Boys Grammar School. At medical school he was a popular member of his year, the sporty “archetypal northerner,” who ran the student bar at a profit and coauthored an anthology of rugby songs of enduring notoriety. His best remembered nickname, “Sluice,” commemorated his prowess with a yard of ale; another—“Soup Dragon”—derived from his enunciation, which was surprisingly soft for someone so confident and outgoing.
In nature expansive and convivial, Geoff was the life and soul of the party and the heart of many a serious political or philosophical discussion, usually over pints in his local pub. But he was entirely serious about his career.
After a brief stint as a house physician in Jersey, Geoff held a succession of roles at Charing Cross, latterly as a lecturer in anatomy and as senior house officer in accident and emergency medicine. There then followed senior house officer positions in orthopaedics, thoracic surgery, general surgery, and urology at Mount Gould and Derriford hospitals in Plymouth before a brief, but glamorous, interlude as ship’s doctor aboard the luxury cruise liner Ocean Pearl. It was during this time that Geoff witnessed at first hand the …