Dr Niel McDonald

Personal Details


29/07/1886 to 20/01/1968

Place of birth: Preston, Lancashire

Nationality: British

CRN: 715500

Education and qualifications

General education

Schooling unknown; Victoria University, Manchester

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBChB, Vict Manch, 1909

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Before WW1 was junior house surgeon, Royal Preston Infirmary, house surgeon & house physician, Ancoats Hospital, Manchester, senior house surgeon at the latter, and assistant medical officer at Brares Convalescent Hospital, Cheadle before setting up in GP in Wellington, New Zealand in 1912. However, he returned to the UK and spent the war as resident medical officer to the military section of the Royal Free Hospital, London. From 1921 he was honorary anaesthetist there and at the Royal Northern, Queen Mary’s (Stratford), the Metropolitan ENT & St Peter’s (for Stone) Hospitals. His association with the Royal Free ended after a few years and was replaced by Great Ormond Street Hospital around 1927; it became his main hospital until he retired as senior consultant in 1951. During WW2 he was specialist anaesthetist to the EMS’s Wellhouse Hospital, Barnet.

Professional interests and activities

Awarded the OBE in 1919 and the DA without examination in 1935.

Other biographical information

Married Hilda Gladys May Bright, but there were no children. A shy individual, he was known for the superlative care he gave to his patients, and his kindness to them and his colleagues.

Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Obituary. BMJ 3rd February; 1968: 321 | Medical Directory | Ancestry.co.uk