Mr Tim Batchelor: Cardiothoracic surgery

Mr Tim Batchelor

Bristol Thoracic Group

Cardiothoracic surgery

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About me

I qualified from Edinburgh Medical School in 1995. I trained in Scotland and Yorkshire before being appointed as a Consultant in Thoracic Surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2007.

I became lead clinician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery in Bristol in 2008 and oversaw a massive expansion in activity, including a 250% increase in lung cancer surgery. During this time the unit pioneered Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and became one of the leading centres in European for minimally-invasive surgery (or VATS - video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery).

I stepped down as clinical lead in 2012 due to national and international commitments. I continue to lead internationally on ERAS. As the South West Senate Representative for thoracic surgery, I help to advise NHS England on commissioning as part of the relevant Clinical Reference Group. I also sit on the clinical guidelines committee for the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Bristol has now firmly established itself as one of the leading centres for thoracic surgery in the UK and, indeed, Europe. This has been recognised by Medtronic (a global medical technology company) and Bristol has been designated a European training centre for VATS lobectomy surgery under the auspices of Medtronic's ATLAS programme. I have mentored surgeons in VATS techniques from across Europe.

Areas of interest

Lung cancer; Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) - major lung (VATS lobectomy) and mediastinal resection; Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis (trans-cervical / VATS approach); Pulmonary metastasectomy; Lung volume reduction for emphysema - VATS surgery, endobronchial valves, endobronchial coils

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Procedures completed

  • A5290

    Transforaminal epidural - (5-50)

  • E5442

    VATS wedge resection of lung - (5-50)


  • T1030

    VATS pleurodesis/pleurectomy - (1-5)


  • D1510

    Myringotomy and insertion of tube through tympanic membrane (and bilateral) - (1-5)


  • A5751

    Facet joint injection (under x-ray control) - 1 to 2 joints - (1-5)

  • 64302

    Transoesophageal echocardiography (including reporting) (as sole procedure) - (1-5)


  • V3350

    Combined anterior approach discectomy, decompression and fusion and posterior fusion (lumbar region) - (1-5)

  • A5771

    Facet joint injection (under x-ray control) - 5 or more joints - (1-5)

  • V2543

    Revision of posterior excision of disc prolapse with undercutting facetectomy +/- decompression (lumbar region) - (1-5)

  • V2652

    Revision posterior fusion +/- instrumentation (lumbar region) - (1-5)

  • E0230

    Septorhinoplasty including graft/implant following trauma or excision of tumour (including attention to turbinates) - (1-5)

  • E5430

    Pulmonary lobectomy (including segmental resection) - (1-5)

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