Breast unit re-named in memory of medical director
15 July 2020
The breast unit at Southend Hospital has been re-named in memory of its former medical director.
Neil Rothnie has been honoured at the location where he spent
many years as a consultant breast surgeon - with the building that
he helped establish and played such a key role in, now named after
The breast unit will now be known as The Neil Rothnie breast
unit, featuring a plaque with the former medical director's name
unveiled by his family during a short, private, socially-distanced
ceremony today (Wednesday 15 July) in his memory. Neil passed away
suddenly at the end of March this year.
Neil's family said: "Southend Hospital, and the breast unit in
particular, was such an important part of Neil's life. He spent so
many happy years there, helping people and doing what he loved. We
are so proud that the breast unit is being renamed The Neil Rothnie
breast unit in his honour, on what would have been his 63rd
birthday. The whole family are extremely touched by such a
Neil was a much-loved colleague and respected surgeon who
established Southend's specialist breast unit, serving as the
hospital's medical director since December 2012.
Clare Panniker, CEO of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust,
and Southend Hospital's managing director Yvonne Blucher, were also
at the small event which honoured the life and career of the man
who worked at Southend Hospital for over 25 years.
Clare said: "Neil's absolute priority was his patients. As a
clinician he provided individual, compassionate care and, as
medical director, he championed the highest quality of care for
patients and the best training opportunities for doctors. Neil
always had Southend in his heart and now, thanks to this building
bearing his name, he'll always be at the heart of Southend
Yvonne said: "Neil's sudden death was a huge shock to us all. He
is much missed, but will never be forgotten by those who worked
alongside him, or those patients whose lives he changed for the
better, of which there were many.
"Each time any of us walk past or through the doors of the
breast unit we will be forever reminded of Neil - his warmth,
generosity and compassion."