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Dame Hilda Lloyd (1891–1982)

Dame Hilda Lloyd


  • First woman president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 1949
  • Founder member of the Women’s Visiting Gynaecological Club, 1936


  • DBE in 1951

Remembered for:

  • Pioneer of obstetrical flying squad in Birmingham
  • Midland area representative on NHS boards for maternity, planning, cancer and radiotherapy, and transfusion
  • Led opposition to the separation of obstetrics and gynaecology in the NHS
  • Developed idea of midwifery committees in each region to unify services

Dame Hilda Lloyd became a Member of the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1935, and was elevated to the Fellowship in 1936. Dame Hilda was a prominent member of the medical circuit in the West Midlands, and it is her work on the emergency obstetric service for which she is best remembered, and her campaigns for keeping obstetrics and gynaecology unified. The Archive record here, written in 1951, explains just how the Birmingham obstetrical flying squad operated.

Dame Hilda's Flying squad letterDame Hilda's Flying squad letter

Read Dame Hilda’s Flying squad letter here.

[Archive Reference RCOG/A4/7/5]

Elsewhere on the site

History of the RCOG
Information about the history of the College and the development of the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology
About the College
Information about the RCOG’s work to improve women’s health care worldwide