Job Title: Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon
Department: General Surgery
Judith Flynn - RPH sec 01772 523595
Nicola Sutton CDH sec : 01257 245214
Primary Medical Qualification: MBBS ( VIMS, Bellary India)
Other Qualifications: FRCS Ed, FRCS Gen
Year of Registration: 1995
GMC Number: 6036235
I completed my primary qualification in Medicine and subsequent post graduate DNB training in General Surgery in India. In the UK, I gained experience in managing patients with complex intestinal fistulae with research interest in proximal loop jejunostomy and distal enteral feeding as a clinical fellow in the National Intestinal Failure Unit at Hope Hospital.
I underwent higher surgical training in General Surgery in the Northwest Deanery and completed sub-speciality training in upper GI, parathyroid and thyroid surgery.
I was appointed as a Consultant General, Upper GI and Endocrine Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in June 2013.
Specialist Areas: laparoscopic Surgery, Gallstone disease, Hernia surgery, Oesophago-gastric cancer surgery, Benign Oesophago-Gastric surgery (including hiatal hernia and anti-reflux surgery), surgical disease of the thyroid and parathyroid.
Research Interests: Oesophago-gastric cancer, Distal Enteral Feeding, RIFT study, ROMIO Trial, Chole-QuIC Study
Clinics: General & upper GI Cancer clinic - Royal Preston Hospital
General & endocrine surgery clinic - Chorley and South Ribble Hospital
Surgical Simulation Lead –since 2015 I have developed and conducted various surgical skills courses for surgical trainees and medical students such as Practical Suturing Skills, LTHTR Key Skills for Medical Students and LTHTR Chest Drain Masterclass. I am a teaching Faculty at the RCS England as the Course Director for the Intercollegiate SSS and BSS course conducting regular courses since 2015.
Trust Lead for IV Fluids
NSSG chair for UGI cancer
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Tulu
Awards and Prizes:
BMJ quality Awards 2018 - finalist for Improving Emergency Care in Acute Biliary Disease
Lancashire Evening Post – Hospital Doctor of the Year Award - June 2016.
Undergraduate Innovation in teaching awards 2017- Technical and nontechnical course for medical students
MRAS Regional Surgical Society Meeting best Registrar Presentation - 2009
Recognition for fantastic improvements to patient experience
A team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a finalist in a national awards ceremony for improvements to emergency care.
The upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) team has been recognised in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) National Quality Awards Ceremony 2018 for the improvements that they have made to the emergency care of patients with acute biliary disease.
The BMJ Awards are the UK’s leading medical awards; aiming to promote excellence in healthcare and showcase knowledge and experience that will inspire and promote teams who are improving patient’s outcomes.
The team were recognised for their implementation of a new clinical pathway for acutely unwell patients to have their gallbladder removed within eight days of their emergency admission.
The work that the team has done has reduced the time to surgery for patients admitted with acute biliary disease. This has led to improved outcomes and experiences for these patients by reducing re-admissions and complications secondary to gall stone disease. 80% of patients with an acute biliary problem who are suitable for surgery have had their surgery within 8 days of admission.
The project was supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of England Chole Quic study and our Leadership Programme.
Surgery to remove the gallbladder is usually carried out as keyhole procedure for biliary colic (symptoms of pain due to gallstones). Stones can form in the gallbladder as a result of an imbalance in the substances that make up bile and or due to infection.
Vinutha Shetty, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, led this project; making it one of the most successful hospitals in the country at this work. This is due to the efficient implementation of the new patient care pathway which involved establishing dedicated theatre sessions at Chorley Hospital for these patients.
Vinutha said: “We are very happy with the improvements that this project has made for our patients; who are able to be receive early definitive treatment and return to home quicker; thus improving the overall experience for these patients. The success of this project is due to the team effort of our upper GI surgeons, sellers ward staff, theatre 6 team at our Chorley site, ward 11 staff, theatre three and theatre nine staff at Preston Hospital. The flow of patients between our two sites was co-ordinated by Linda and Pam in our surgical waiting list team.”
We are very pleased that this hard work has made a difference to our patients and that we have received national recognition for this.