Newcastle’s Endocrine surgery department provides first-class care for patients who need surgical treatment for benign and malignant conditions affecting the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.
The team looks after both adults and children, and works closely alongside endocrinologists, ENT surgeons, oncologists (cancer specialists), radiologists and pathologists, and our clinical nurse specialists. This multidisciplinary approach ensures each patient we see is provided with a treatment pathway tailored to their particular condition.
The surgical team is led by three consultant surgeons with vast experience in endocrine surgery.
Mr Bliss, Mr Truran and Mr Ramsingh are all fellowship trained in endocrine surgery and provide a comprehensive service for our patients. They are members of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS), and regularly participate in audits of their surgical outcomes. This ensures they can consistently provide care and treatment of the highest calibre.
The services is supported by a senior endocrine surgical fellow who works alongside the consultants for a period of one year. This allows the team to help train the next generation of outstanding endocrine surgeons. Our clinical fellow is often involved in research and quality improvement projects, and presents at regional, national and international conferences alongside other endocrine specialists from around the globe.
The surgical team performs over 300 endocrine operations each year and offer the full range of surgical options for adrenal related conditions:
- laparoscopic (keyhole) and
- retroperitoneoscopic (where the patient lies in a facedown position with the adrenal gland approached through the ribs).
Our surgeons work alongside colleagues with expertise in many other specialties at the Newcastle Hospitals. This means they are able to manage more complex operations together, ensuring our patients don’t have to travel out of the area for their care.
The Trust has a well established robotic surgery programme in place and the endocrine surgical team is currently developing a robotic adrenalectomy service.
Our clinics are based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and held twice weekly.
We also provide support for the joint thyroid cancer services based at the Freeman Hospital.
Multidisciplinary meetings (involving a number of clinicians from different specialties) are held bi-weekly with regional input from colleagues in Carlisle and Sunderland.