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William Notcutt Pain Management Service

05 May 2022


The James Paget University Hospital’s pain management service was today named after a consultant who led on its development - and became recognised globally for his research.

Dr Willy Notcutt, who died last year, joined the James Paget as a Consultant Anaesthetist in February 1982 and was one of the founders of the hospital’s Anaesthetic department.

He developed the Pain Clinic, as well as various research projects, and specialised in pain management, palliative care and teaching. He was the Lead for Research & Development for many years and from 1997 was also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UEA.

This afternoon, a plaque and signage were unveiled outside the pain clinic, featuring a photograph of Dr Notcutt alongside the following tribute:

Dr William Notcutt joined the James Paget in 1982 as a Consultant Anaesthetist and was one of the founders of the hospital’s Anaesthetic Department.

Described as an exceptional doctor and brilliant teacher, Willy Notcutt developed the hospital’s pain service and palliative care service while inspiring generations of students to pursue careers in healthcare.

He was also recognised nationally and internationally for his research into medicinal cannabis.

In honour of his life’s work dedicated to relieving pain for countless patients, it is a fitting tribute that the James Paget’s Pain Management Service now bears his name.

Our photograph (below) shows some our pain management service team at the unveiling, along with Dr Notcutt’s wife Nov (third from right) and daughter Holly (far left).

A number of people gather around the entrance to the William Notcutt Pain Clinic entrance. A photograph of Dr Notcutt appears on a large wall plaque.

* The family of Dr Notcutt have organised a celebration of his life which will take place at the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre at 12 noon on Friday 3 June 2022. Anyone wishing to attend should email