Dr Philip John Helliwell
16/11/1915 - 1994
Place of birth: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Education and qualifications
Early education at Woodhouse Grove School
Primary medical qualification(s)
MB ChB, University of Edinburgh 1938
Initial Fellowship and type
FFARCS by Election
Year of Fellowship
Professional life and career
Casualty Officer and then House Surgeon Southport Infirmary 1938-39
Resident Medical Officer 66th Anti-tank Regiment, Royal Artillery 1939 initially in Suffolk
Anaesthetist, Far East 1942. Medical Officer at Quetta with interest in anaesthesia
Then to Burma as a Graded Anaesthetist
Major, Recognised (Specialist) Anaesthetist September 1944
Demobilised End of 1945 in London
Resident Anaesthetist, Guys Hospital, London 1946
Consultant Anaesthetist, Guy’s Hospital 1948-75
Consultant Anaesthetist, St Peter’s Hospital for Stone 1955-67
Professional interests and activities
First research Fellow of the Association of Anaesthetists Great Britain and Ireland March 1947 working on the use of trichlorethylene in obstetric analgesia
Deputy Director, Department of Anaesthesia, Guys Hospital 1948-56
Director, Department of Anaesthesia , Guys Hospital 1956
Chairman of Project Team to build Guys Hospital Tower 1962-67
Superintendent, Guys Hospital 1968-70 then Clinical Superintendent 1970-75
Elected to AAGBI Council 1962
Honorary Secretary AAGBI 1966, President, AAGBI 1973-76. (an extra year because of his skills) Elected as Honorary Member AAGBI 1979, Chairman of AAGBI Editorial Board -1982. Awarded AAGBI John Snow Silver Medal 1987. Set up the AAGBI Sick Doctors Scheme.
Chairman, Organising Committee, 1982 European Congress of Anaesthesiology 1978-82
Other biographical information
Married Elizabeth M. Gordon in 1941; she died soon after Silver Wedding Anniversary 1966
Remarried in 1968, Margaret E. Laws.
First marriage had 3 sons.
Keen gardener and supporter of charities especially CRUSE, a charity for the bereaved.
Author and Sources
Author: David Wilkinson
 Zorab JSM. Editorial Obituary Philip John Helliwell. Anaesthesia 1994; 49: 659-660.
 Carnegie, D. Obituaries: PJ Helliwell. Guys Hospital Gazette 1994; 108: 246-248.