Officials at the trust running Nottingham’s two major hospitals say many staff have been affected following news a leading surgeon is in hospital after a suspected stabbing.
Graeme Perks, a renowned plastic surgeon, remains in hospital after suffering puncture wounds to his abdomen and chest following an incident inside his home in Halam Hill, Halam.
A 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened at about 4.15am on January 14.
Nottinghamshire Police believe 65-year-old Mr Perks responded to sounds of breaking glass inside his home, before investigating and being stabbed.
The incident has sent shockwaves through both the Halam and medical communities, with residents in the area expressing their shock on Friday (January 15).
Mr Perks, who is described as “well-known and respected”, was head of the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burns Surgery at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2011 to 2016.
Commenting on the incident, an NUH spokesperson said: “This incident is truly horrific and has affected many of our staff who worked closely with, and are friends with Graeme.
“Our thoughts are with Graeme and his family at this time.”
Mr Perks is also a former president of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), and that organisation also issued a statement following news of the incident.
BAPRAS president and consultant plastic surgeon, Ruth Waters, said: “It has been my good fortune and honour to know Graeme for many years.
“I have benefited from his kindness, generosity and extensive knowledge throughout my career in plastic surgery.
“It has therefore been no surprise to me that today, that as news of this terrible attack has spread, we have been contacted by colleagues from around the world.
“All have expressed their shock at what has happened and also their deep concern for his well being and their hope for his speedy recovery.”
The most recent update from Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that Mr Perks remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Forensic teams have been at the scene of his home in Halem Hill throughout Thursday and Friday, while there is also a police presence in Landseer Road, Southwell.
Detective Inspector Gayle Hart, who is leading the investigation, said: “The swift arrest of this suspect we hope will provide some reassurance to local residents.
“As I said earlier this is a horrific incident which has left a man fighting for his life and his family who were upstairs at the time are extremely shocked and upset by the ordeal.
“The victim is in the intensive care unit and is currently in a serious but stable condition.
“We’re continuing to make enquiries and are not ruling anything out so we would welcome speaking to anyone who may have information which would help with our inquiries, or who may have been a witness.”
Residents in Halam Hill have expressed their shock following the incident.
Gordon Sturton, who has lived in the village for six years and is a friend of Mr Perks’ family, said: “I didn’t know what had happened, good lord.
“It’s terrible, I’m so shocked.
“I used to go for walks with the family and their new puppy and my dog.
“I used to see them every day.
“Yesterday we never went out so I didn’t see the police and had no idea what happened.”
Anyone with information about the incident, or who saw anything suspicious in the area between around 2am and 5am, is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 44 of January 14 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.