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Errington (“Dick”) Ellis

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:605

Consultant paediatrician Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne (b 1921, q St Bartholomew's Hospital 1945; MD, DCH, FRCPCH), died from prostate cancer on 28 July 2006.

The loss of an elder brother with meningitis was a major reason why Errington Ellis (“Dick”) studied medicine. After early experience in London he moved to the new department of child health in Newcastle and assessed children with cerebral palsy, a regional survey of 300 such children forming his MD thesis. He became medical director of the Percy Hedley School for Spastics and was instrumental in its development into a major multidisciplinary assessment, treatment, and education centre. He also helped to develop services for young adults, and the Percy Hedley Centre of school, sheltered workshops, and residential accommodation is a lasting tribute to him. He leaves a wife, Alysoun; four children; and six grandchildren.

[Alan Craft]


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