Job Title: Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, Gynaecologist and Chief Clinical Information Officer
Department: Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Telephone Number: 01772 524442
Primary Medical Qualifications: MBBS
Other Qualifications: BSc MRCOG MD
Date of Registration: 01/08/1995
GMC Number: 4101400
Specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology, Yorkshire Deanery 1999-2006.
Clinical Research Fellow, St James's University Hospital, Leeds (2004-2006).
Subspecialty Trainee in Gynaecological Oncology, St James's University Hospital, Leeds (2006-2008).
Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Gynaecologist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2008-present)
Chief Clinical Information Officer (2014-present)
Specialist Areas: Gynaecological oncology; colposcopy; general gynaecology
Specialist Interests: Minimal access/laparoscopic surgery; outpatient hysteroscopy; fertility sparing surgery for cervix cancer; health informatics
Research Interests: Patient reported outcome measures; peri-operative care
Clinics: Gynaecological Oncology Clinic; Colposcopy Clinic; Outpatient Hysteroscopy Clinic; Gynaecology Clinic
Language Spoken: English
Awards and Prizes:
British Assocoation of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Research Grant (2008)
Rosemere Cancer Foundation project grant (2010)
National Cancer Intelligence Network project grant (2012)
Integrated Digital Care Fund Award (2013)
Integrated Digital Care Fund Award (2014)
Supporting cervical cancer prevention week
We are supporting national Cervical Cancer Prevention Week as we urge all women who are eligible to make sure you have your smear test.
National Cervical Cancer Prevention week runs from 24th-30th January and focuses on raising awareness about symptoms, causes of the disease, and ways to try and prevent it.
As part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, we run a colposcopy service at both Royal Preston and Chorley hospital. A colposcopy is a clinic procedure to find out whether there are abnormal cells on or in a woman’s cervix or vagina. Women who have an abnormal smear are referred to the colposcopy clinic.
In 2015 we saw 820 patients with abnormal screening results and 18 of those women were diagnosed with cancer and treated within 2-4 weeks.
We perform keyhole surgery for cervical cancer meaning many women return home the day after the procedure. We also perform keyhole fertility sparing surgery for women who may want to have children in the future. We are the only centre in the North West to offer this type of surgery.
In a patient experience survey 98% of our patients rated our service as good, very good or excellent.
Elizabeth Blake from Blackpool was 23 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer after she suffered stomach pains and began bleeding following intercourse. She was referred to our Gynae Oncology clinic and we performed fertility- sparing surgery, removing only the cervix. Elizabeth was discharged from hospital two days later and has made a full recovery. Elizabeth said: “I waited for a while before I went to see my GP as I didn’t think it would be anything serious, but I just happened to mention it when I went for a routine pill check so I had some tests and was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was terrified when I heard those words and to be honest it still hasn’t sunk in, it’s been such a whirlwind; within four weeks of being diagnosed I had my surgery and was back home recovering. Luckily I didn’t need any chemotherapy or radiotherapy because we had caught it early enough and the cancer hadn’t spread, although if I had gone to see my GP sooner I may not have even needed surgery at all. I was below the age for a smear test so if I had waited until I was 25 the cancer may have progressed too far to be treated. I would urge all women, of any age, to go to see their doctor straight away if they notice anything at all, we all know our bodies and we know when something is different, if it is caught early you are more likely to make a full recovery.”
Nicholas Wood, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are proud to be supporting national cervical cancer prevention week, the message is so important because with HPV vaccination and cervical screening, cervical cancer is largely preventable. Every day in the UK eight women are diagnosed with the disease and three women will lose their lives to cervical cancer, but it doesn’t have to be that way as with effective screening pre-cancerous changes can be treated before cancer develops and as with many cancers, if you catch it early, you have a really strong chance of beating it. Our teams are working hard to raise awareness and we urge all women who are eligible to make sure you have your regular smear test or go to see your GP if you have any concerning symptoms.”