Job Title: Consultant Surgeon
Department: General Surgery
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Primary Medical Qualifications: MB ChB (Edinburgh)
Other Qualifications: MD (Liverpool), FRCS Ed (Gen Surg)
Year of Registration: 1989
GMC Number: 3340103
Qualified in medicine at Edinburgh then trained in general and upper gastro-intestinal surgery in North West England, including three years researching the causes and pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis. Consultant Upper Gastro-intestinal and General Surgeon for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2002-present) and trust lead clinician for upper gastro-intestinal cancer, co-ordinating the Regional Specialist Multi-disciplinary Team
Specialist Areas: Oesophago-gastric cancer; biliary and pancreatic disease, including gallstones; hernia surgery
Specialist Interests: Assessment of and surgery for patients with cancer of the oesophagus and stomach; surgery for gallstones and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; hernia surgery; laparoscopic surgery
Research Interests: Pancreatitis; training in surgery
Clinics: General Surgery Clinic; Upper Gastro-intestinal Cancer Clinic
Language Spoken: English
Awards and Prizes: Sir Robert Kelly Memorial Medal in Surgery,University of Liverpool (2000)
We go barefoot to raise funds to help Nepal’s earthquake survivors
Some of our Consultants, Directors and Junior Doctors have gone barefoot to support a national social media fundraising campaign to provide healthcare and aid for survivors of the Nepal earthquakes.
Two of our Consultants are launching the ‘No Socks Rocks’ campaign with the UK charity Health Exchange Nepal (UK) to help fund medical aid for Nepal.
HExN has already sent a 21-strong team of volunteer doctors from Britain to help survivors of the two earthquakes which struck Nepal in April and May, causing thousands of casualties.
To help HExN raise awareness of the earthquake appeal and to reach their fundraising target of £100,000, the charity is inviting supporters to share photos of themselves without socks at work or taking part in their favourite activities, using the hashtag #NoSocksRocks to then challenge their friends.
Prof Satyan Rajbhandari, General Secretary of HExN and Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “People have been very generous across the country, and that support has enabled us to get doctors to the areas most in need in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
“The terrible injuries many survivors have will require long-term support. Our next challenge is to offer rehabilitation treatment to people in Nepal, so that we can give them the best quality of life.”
Jeremy Ward, Chairman of HExN and Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We hope that lots of people will support the ‘No Socks Rocks!’ campaign and donate to the appeal, because every penny makes a difference. Using #NoSocksRocks will ensure that we’re continuing to make people aware of how much help is still needed for those in Nepal.”
To find out more about the No Socks Rocks campaign, follow HExN on Twitter @HExNepal, Facebook at HexN, or visit the website at www.hexn.org.
Those receiving challenges from their friends are being encouraged to donate £5 if they take the challenge and £10 if they don’t, by texting either GAME 11 £5 to 70070 or LAME22 £10 to 70070.
Health professionals interested in volunteering should visit www.hexn.org.