Tribute paid to Mr. Jeremy Williams, Consultant in Emergency Medicine West Wales (Glangwili) General Hospital, Carmarthen, during RCEM Wales zoom meeting 22nd April 2020
Good morning everybody, my name is Antony, I am one of the consultants in Emergency Department working at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.
Today I want to speak to you about our friend and colleague Mr. Jeremy Williams who passed away recently. He was an exceptional doctor who had left his mark across Wales.
He was an EM (Emergency Medicine) consultant at West Wales Hospital (Glangwili) Carmarthen for approximately 20 years. He was a single handed consultant for majority of that time. He was trained in Wales and was a colleague to some of our friends here.
His work as a Consultant was not simply confined to clinical medicine. Most of those years, he had held leadership role in one form or another. He was unscheduled care lead for Hywel Dda Health board covering four hospitals until recently, when he was forced to step down because of ill health.
My connection with him started about 15-20 years back. I was an SHO working at Withybush at that time. Jeremy was very much involved with teaching and training. If my memory serves me right my first encounter with him was during an ATLS course which he was running.
Many years later, I joined Withybush and Hywel Dda as a consultant. He became my line manager and boss till the very end. I had the opportunity to work with him closely on various service issues through last few years.
We had this chronic issue with recruitment at all levels at our hospital and he used to kindly come and help us with vacant shifts at Withybush Hospital.
Speaking about Jeremy, he was an absolute gentleman and a good colleague. He was always smiley and never said no to anything. He was a very supportive person helping everybody around him.
He was a great communicator and was adored by his patients. He had delivered remarkable service to patients of Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
He had been the heart and soul of his unit in Carmarthen and a big cog in the wheel for Hywel Dda. Any issues at anytime, anywhere he was the man to call.
I cannot remember any health board meetings I have attended without his presence. Many of these meetings were thrashing out differences between departments and often stressful. I have never seen Jeremy raising his voice or being ill tempered.
Once I went to Carmarthen to meet him for an official matter. He had just come back from such a difficult meeting. He jokingly told me very soon he is going to get into fist fight with some of these people. But despite these comments he was always calm and composed.
In this era where leadership is demonstrated by exhibiting arrogance and rudeness, his style was a stark contrast. He was calm, gentle and kind, while leading from the front.
Our Health Board relatively has more overseas doctors at junior level than many other institutions. Jeremy always understood them better than anybody else and gave them the help they needed. He was instrumental in nurturing many of them to achieve what they wanted to. Some of them are our colleagues now.
He also had interests outside medicine. He was very much into sports. He loved rugby. He was an official physician for Wales Rugby Union in the past. He also was very much connected with motor sport and offered regular services to the Pembrey race circuit.
It is heart wrenching to see that such an active and loveable person has passed away at such a young age.
I would remember him as an exceptional doctor, who was a perfect gentleman. He was fundamentally kind and helped people around him. He was a standout person who was a true leader and would he be a role model for many.
He is going to be deeply missed.
Dr Antony Mathew
FRCS (Glas), FRCEM
Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Honorary Lecturer Cardiff University
Withybush General Hospital,Haverfordwest
Mr. Jeremy Williams, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Clinical Lead at Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthen sadly died on 13 April 2020.
Jeremy worked as Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine at West Wales (Glangwili) General Hospital from 1998 until he died.
Jeremy supported, encouraged and mentored trainees, Specialty Doctors and Consultant colleagues and I, and many of my colleagues, owe him an enormous debt for his excellent and generous guidance.
Jeremy was loved and highly valued as a colleague. My first contact with Jeremy was in 1997 when he was Senior Registrar in Emergency Medicine at Morriston Hospital. In 2010 I was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Glangwili General Hospital and joined him as a colleague working closely to develop the Specialty and the Department and thereby developed a great friendship. He loved the Specialty. He was a true gentleman, compassionate, professional and skilful in dealing with the complex issues of management in a calm and diligent way.
Jeremy was appointed in 2015 as Clinical Director for Unscheduled care for Hywel Dda University Health Board and was instrumental in developing Emergency Medicine care in all four hospitals in Hywel Dda.
Jeremy was an active Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor and was actively involved in setting up ALS & ATLS courses in Carmarthen as Course Director.
Jeremy was an excellent Emergency Medicine clinician with a special interest in Sports Medicine.
He had an abundance of energy and still played football for the hospital & local five a side football teams when he was 50 years old. He was an official doctor for the Wales Rugby Union Team in recent years. He was doctor in charge for the Scarlets rugby union team and offered professional services in the Pembrey Motor Race circuit, local horse racing and many golf tournaments.
His untimely death is a huge loss. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues and fellow professionals.
Jeremy is survived by Sonia, his fiancée, and two daughters, Hannah and Claire.
Dr. Lakshman Nangalia
MB BS, MRCP(UK), FRCSEd, FRCEM
Consultant Emergency Medicine & Paediatric Emergency Medicine,
Glangwili General Hospital Carmarthen