President of York Medical Society 2018-19

Dr Sarah Watson

I would like to introduce myself as the New President of York Medical Society for the 2018-19 session. It’s a great privilege to be the President of one of the oldest well established Medical Societies in the country and a great resource to have.

I went to St Andrews/ Manchester Medical School and qualified in 1996. I did my first house job in surgery in York. I then worked in New Zealand. After pursuing careers in medicine and anaesthetics, I decided to become a GP and qualified 10 years ago. I have been working as a GP in York and now as a partner in Easingwold.

I am one of the youngest, if not the youngest president in the Society’s history which will be challenging, as a new GP Partner with a young family, but is an exciting opportunity. I decided to take on the role as I believe the Medical Society has a pivotal role to play in uniting and supporting doctors, especially in these challenging times. It also provides a vital interface between primary and secondary care. I want it to appeal to a wide range of doctors, the older experienced ones but also hope to encourage and inspire younger doctors to become involved, making it relevant to doctors today as they are paramount for the future success of the society.

I have endeavoured to put together a varied and interesting programme of lectures and events for my presidential year, which I hope will appeal to a wide audience and provide some CPD points too!

Upcoming Events

Annual YMS Oration

14:00 - Annual YMS Oration

Dying in Tomo...

John Rock's Big Mistake

Prof John Guillebaud: Emeritus Professor of Family...

St Luke's Day Service

York Minster 10:00 followed by coffee in the Minster.

The Society has its own rooms within a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of the City of York. The priceless medical library has been moved and housed with The University of York for safe keeping.

Within 23 Stonegate and the York Medical Society's Rooms there is a large lecture theatre seating up to 60 people with modern projection facilities, a library and a dining room. An oak paneled room serves as a refectory.

Over 350 medically qualified personnel both in Hospital and General Practice. Retired professionals actively maintain contact with the Society. Both old and new members are cordially invited to our regular Friday evening meetings.

Martin House Glitter Ball Auction

This is the 15th year they have hosted this flagship event - the Martin House Glitter Ball. It's their most glamorous event of the year, with a black-tie champagne reception, a delectable three-course dinner and plenty of dancing!

Martin House cares for children and young people with life-shortening conditions, offering respite and palliative care. The hospice is a place of support, rest and practical help for children, young people and their families, but most importantly, it's a place of love and understanding.

In 2018, the Glitter Ball raised a staggering £137,000 for our hospice, helping them to provide the best possible care and support we can to families across our region. Currently, they care for over 400 children and young people, and provide bereavement support to a further 170 families. Their hospice costs in excess of £8 million to run each year, and this year, they hope to raise £160,000 through the Glitter Ball.

To find out more visit

York Medical Society Wine Club

What is the Wine Club?

The 17 century cellars of the York Medical Society are home to an extensive collection of the wines of the York Medical Society Wine Club. There are 70-80 different wines available for purchase by members of the wine club. There are regular Wine Offers and regular Wine Tastings.

Founded by Alan Scott and Stuart Calder in 1978, the Wine Club was established with the intention of finding top quality wines at reduced prices. It is now run by Stuart Calder, with the aid of the wine club committee. We are a non-profit making enterprise and each member purchases a £50 share on joining the Club. This share acts as the buying capital for the wines, and a small mark-up on each bottle pays for any administrative costs. Please note that only members can buy from the club.

Who finds the Wines?

Many of the wines are specially imported by the Wine Club and enjoy an exclusivity in the U.K. Stuart makes three trips each year to France or Italy to discover new gems for the club. The samples from these trips are then tasted blind by the committee, and the best value wines are chosen for importation. Wines from other countries are discovered by attending the better trade wine tastings each year.

BBC Programme filmed at 23 Stonegate

This programme was filmed at the Medical Society Rooms, 23 Stonegate.

Dr Alice Hall of the University of York explores the fears and fascination associated with people labelled 'feeble-minded' in early twentieth century fiction and culture. She argues that William Faulkner's novel, The Sound and the Fury tries to imagine an inside perspective on cognitive difference - and that this remains an important example for writers today.

This is one of a series of films made as part of New Generation Thinkers: each year producers from BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts, together with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, select a group of young academics who have the potential to turn their ground breaking ideas into sensational broadcasting.

Room Rates

Private Hire: £95-£180
Registered Charity: £55-£95
Members: £30-£60
  • Lecture Theatre This room is the principal lecture room seating up to 60 people. A projection screen, lectern and dais are in situ. Alternative seating arrangements are possible.
Garden Room
Private Hire: £85-£135
Registered Charity: £45-£75
Members: £25-£40
  • A more contemporary room overlooking our beautiful walled garden. Normally laid out in board-room style, this room is ideally suited to formal meetings, seminars and break-out space from the theatre.

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Latest News

Annual Oration 6th October 2018


About YMS

York Medical Society was founded in 1832 for "The purpose of promoting and diffusing medical knowledge". Over the many years since, many distinguished Doctors and Surgeons have been members and given lectures to the Society.

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