Tributes for 'exceptional' doctor who set up pain clinic on coast
- Credit: Courtesy of Holly-Kim Notcutt
Tributes have been paid to an "exceptional" doctor who helped set up a pain clinic on the coast.
Dr William Notcutt died on Monday (May 31) at the James Paget hospital in Gorleston, where he had worked for 36 years, specialising in acute and chronic pain management, palliative care and teaching.
He was most well-known for setting up the hospital's pain clinic and also his work researching the benefits of medicinal cannabis.
Dr Notcutt was born in Ipswich in 1946. After graduating from school, he studied medicine at Birmingham University. From there, in the 1970s, his adventurous spirit took him to Lesotho, a country in southern Africa, where he volunteered as a flying doctor.
Later, he moved to Kingston, capital city of Jamaica, working at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
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It was there he met his future wife, Nov, a nurse. They would go on to have three daughters, Tamara, Holly-Kim and Mischa.
In 1982, after a brief stint living in Nottingham, the family moved to Gorleston, where Dr Notcutt began work as a consultant anaesthetist at the James Paget.
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From 1997 he was also an honorary senior lecturer at the UEA.
While he part retired from clinical practice in 2014, he continued to support the James Paget team and was widely known and respected for his friendly smile, wisdom and breadth of experience.
James Paget Medical Director Dr Hazel Stuart said: “It’s so sad for the world to lose such a wonderful compassionate person, whose combination of expertise and calmness made him an exceptional doctor and such a fantastic colleague. We are thinking of his family at this time.”
Dr Notcutt also loved reading science-fiction and listening to music from all over the world.
His daughter Holly-Kim said: "He was very positive and glass half-full but also very philosophical and mindful. He was very open, very compassionate. No matter who you were, he would make time to listen to you."
He is survived by his wife, daughters, grandson Zavi and brother Geoff.