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Neville Barnes Obstetric Forceps

Item details

Object number M-8018
Manufacturer Maker unknown
Date Mid 20th century
Donor Dr William (Bill) Jackson’s widow Mrs Doris Jackson
Category Surgical tools and equipment


Neville Barnes Obstetric Forceps have a cephalic and pelvic curve and are used for delivery of babies presenting as occipitoanterior.  The left blade being put on first followed by the right blade – the baby is then pulled down until the occiput  is under the symphysis, then pulled around. These forceps belonged to Dr William (Bill) Jackson who was a greatly respected and revered GP in Tasmania. His initials WJ can be seen engraved on the forceps. He was President of the RACGP from 1978 to 1980 and first Director of WACRRM (WA Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine)