Top surgeon praises Barnstaple hospital

Professor John Fawcett at Barnstaple A and E department during his recent trip to North Devon Distri

Professor John Fawcett at Barnstaple A and E department during his recent trip to North Devon District Hospital. - Credit: Archant

Eminent surgeon from Australia is impressed by North Devon District Hospital during a three day visit.

A top international surgeon has given Barnstaple hospital his seal of approval after a three day fact finding mission to see how it operates.

Professor Jonathan Fawcett, Professor of Surgery at the University of Queensland, was at North Devon District Hospital from Wednesday to Friday to speak to staff, visit departments and observe surgery in the operating theatres.

It was the first stop on his UK tour as the 2013 British Journal of Surgery (BJS) Travelling Fellow, during the 100th anniversary of the BJS. He will conclude his tour with the BJS Lecture at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland International Congress meeting on May 2 in Glasgow.

“My impression is this is a happy and hard working hospital which provides a very high standard of care,” Professor Fawcett told the Gazette.


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“I am impressed by the innovation that people adopt in improving services, they have a strong interest here in how to make it better and I was impressed with how concerned they are at improving and looking after the health needs of the North Devon population.

“I wouldn’t be worried myself if I got appendicitis here - I would know that I would be looked after very well in this hospital.”

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Prof Fawcett is the director of liver transplantation at Queensland and during his visit he talked to local surgeons and watched them operate, as well as speaking to local GPs.

He visited a number of hospital departments, including A and E and gave a series of talks on liver transplants, liver problems and the treatment of gallstones.

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