Inquest to be held into death of spinal surgeon Nick Boeree

Surgeon Nick Boeree

Surgeon Nick Boeree

First published in Health Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Features Writer

A CORONER will today examine the final moments of an internationally renowned Southampton spinal surgeon who was killed in a motorbike crash.

The inquest into the death of Nick Boeree, a consultant at Southampton General Hospital and Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, is due to take place on Thursday at Southampton Coroners Court.

Mr Boeree, a married dad-of-three was killed when his Yamaha FJR motorbike collided with a lorry in the New Forest on March 21.

The crash happened on a sharp bend on the A337 Brockenhurst to Lymington road about half-a-mile south of the level crossing at Brockenhurst station.

The 32-year-old driver of the Volvo lorry, from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, was unhurt in the crash.

The Daily Echo reported how colleagues from both hospitals struggled to come to terms with the news and dozens of tributes were paid to the 53-year-old “highly respected” surgeon who had saved and improved the lives of many.

As well as his work in Southampton, Mr Boeree was the lead consultant at the Spine Clinic, based at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital in Chandler's Ford, leading a team of spinal specialists to manage and investigate a range of spinal disorders.

He trained in medicine at The Royal London Hospital and underwent his orthopaedic training at Bristol and Southampton. He also spent time training at some of the world's leading spinal centres in the United States.

His professional achievements include being the principal developer of an implant, now widely used around the world in spinal surgery.

Outside of his work, Mr Boeree, of Portmore, was passionate about motorcycles and enjoyed astronomy.

Following the crash there were calls for the speed limit to be reduced on that stretch of road. Hampshire County Council since revealed the speed limit could be reduced from 50mph to 40mph or even 30mph.

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11:02am Thu 6 Dec 12

heyhoo says...

Condolances to his family. The medical world has lost one their best.
Condolances to his family. The medical world has lost one their best. heyhoo
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11:18pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Turtlebay says...

Reducing the speed limit suggests he was speeding on his motorcycle. Speed kills. Speed kills motorcyclists particularly.
So when will they learn to S L O W D O W N?
Reducing the speed limit suggests he was speeding on his motorcycle. Speed kills. Speed kills motorcyclists particularly. So when will they learn to S L O W D O W N? Turtlebay
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9:23am Fri 7 Dec 12

Niel says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Reducing the speed limit suggests he was speeding on his motorcycle. Speed kills. Speed kills motorcyclists particularly.
So when will they learn to S L O W D O W N?
From the reports I've seen nothing suggested he was exceeding the speed limit, HCC however would rather slap a reduced limit on a road and not have to maintain it to the appropriate standard to save cash.
Given the growing number of diesel spill's, gravel lost from over loaded trucks and other debris scattered on our roads, riding a motorcycle will always have extra risks. My recent 'off' was due to one of the mobile wheely bin cleaners dumping the muck and grease in the road, at 10 mph NOT SPEEDING!
Nick did a lot of good and will be missed, never ASSume speed was a factor, often it's not!
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Reducing the speed limit suggests he was speeding on his motorcycle. Speed kills. Speed kills motorcyclists particularly. So when will they learn to S L O W D O W N?[/p][/quote]From the reports I've seen nothing suggested he was exceeding the speed limit, HCC however would rather slap a reduced limit on a road and not have to maintain it to the appropriate standard to save cash. Given the growing number of diesel spill's, gravel lost from over loaded trucks and other debris scattered on our roads, riding a motorcycle will always have extra risks. My recent 'off' was due to one of the mobile wheely bin cleaners dumping the muck and grease in the road, at 10 mph NOT SPEEDING! Nick did a lot of good and will be missed, never ASSume speed was a factor, often it's not! Niel
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