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Queen’s Birthday Honour for Hugh

Hugh Sturzaker (51-59C) received an MBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to health and the community.

Hugh and his wife, Ann at Buckingham Palace
Hugh and his wife, Ann at Buckingham Palace

After leaving West Buckland I trained at Oxford University and Guy’s Hospital Medical School.  I did my house jobs at Guy’s before undergoing surgical training at Guy’s, St. Mark’s, Great Ormond Street and other hospitals in and around London.  I was appointed General Surgeon with an interest in gastroenterological surgery to Great Yarmouth and Waveney Health District when the future James Paget University Hospital was rising from its foundations.   I developed the departments of colorectal and breast surgery and introduced laparoscopic surgery to the hospital.

I was Regional Advisor and examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and served on the Council of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.  I was general surgical advisor to the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) in 2000 and 2001.

Since retiring in 2005 I continued to teach and examine until recently and have written two books: “James Paget University Hospital – The first 25 years” and “Sir James Paget - Surgeon Extraordinary and His Legacies”.    I was Lead Governor of the James Paget University Hospitals Trust for over eight years.  I am Vice Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust, a trustee  of St. George’s Theatre Trust, a member of the Cultural Education Partnership and Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Borough Cultural Heritage Partnership.

In 2012 I organised the first Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and introduced the Carnival in 2014.  Both of these are annual events of which I remain chairman.   I enjoy the theatre, classical music, walking and look after 2 acres of garden and a field.  In June I was honoured to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to health and the community.

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