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Last updated: 25 Apr 2020
I have been a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Sunderland since 1994, having trained in NE England and NE Scotland from 1982. Since ApriI 2019, my NHS practice is mainly obstetrics with a regular commitment to emergency gynaecology.
I offer early pregnancy ultrasound and am actively involved in miscarriage care (including reurrent miscarriage). I receive regional referrals for management of mid-pregnancy loss/miscarriage from 'cervical incompetence' and offer transabdominal and complex cervical sutures.
I lead a team of research midwives and nurses in Sunderland and was appointed Visiting Professor at Sunderland University in 2014.
In my private practice, I offer a broad range of general gynaecological investigations and treatments - in particular, management of menstrual problems (including endometriosis/pelvic pain), prolapse, menopausal problems (including post-menopausal bleeding) and initial assessment of urinary incontinence. I participate in the pregnancy termination service at the Spire Washington Hospital.
I provide rapid initial assessment under the new BUPA 'Cancer Direct Access' service for patients who have symptoms that might suggest gynaecological cancer (affecting the cervix, womb or ovaries).
Areas of interest
Menstrual disorders (period problems); Pelvic pain (inc endometriosis); Pelvic floor prolapse; Sterilisation reversal; Miscarriage; Cervical cerclage; Medical & surgical termination of pregnancy; Early pregnancy ultrasound; Urinary incontinence (assessment onyl);
Minor surgery for period problems - Mirena progesterone coil, 'Novasure' endometrial ablation; Hysteroscopy; vulval lesions
Intermediate surgery - Laparoscopic/keyhole surgery (division of adhesions, endometriosis, removal of ovarian cysts, sterilisation); Anterior pelvic floor repair; cervical sutures (repeated miscarriage);
Major surgery - Hysterectomy (abdominal, vaginal and laparoscopically-assisted); Pelvic floor repair surgery; Transabdominal & vaginal insertion of cervical suture (recurrent mid-pregnancy loss)
PLEASE NOTE: the Goverment has suspended TVT surgery for incontinence. I offer consultation to discuss drug & conservative treatment but no longer offer surgical intervention for stress-type incontinence
- Rachael Sherriff
- Department of Gynaecology Sunderland Royal Hospital Kayll Road SUNDERLAND SR4 7TP
- 0191 569 9775
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Sunderland Royal Hospital (since 1994)
Director of Research & Innovation, City Hospital Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (since 2010)
Visiting Professor, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Sunderland
Clinical Executive Theme Lead, Northeast & North Cumbria NIHR Comprehensive Research Network - since 2014.
I lead NIHR portfolio research in obstetrics and gynaecology (including pregnancy problems, miscarriage, prolapse, menstrual disorders)
Family, rugby, reading & travel
NENC AHSN - 'Bright Ideas in Health' Awards. Finalist in the 'Most Innovative Education Provider' (2017)
NHS England Telehealth Enabled Care Services (TECS) Advocate - awarded 2014
'Dubin Award' - AEPU Early Pregnancy Unit of the Year 2012/13
Honorary Life Member, Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association, London - awarded 2011
(Additional) Languages spoken
Selected publications 2017-19:
Coomarasamy A, Devall AJ, Cheed V, Harb H, Middleton LJ, Gallos ID, Williams HM, Eapen A, Roberts TE, Ogwulu CB, Goranitis I, Daniels JP, Agwu S, Ahmed A, Bass C, Bender Atik R, Bhatia K, Bottomley C, Brewin J, Choudhary M, Crosfill F, Deb S, Duncan WC, Ewer A, Haerizadeh H, Hinshaw K, et al. A Randomized Trial of Progesterone in Women with Early Pregnancy Bleeding. N Engl J Med (2019); 380: 1815-24.
Knight M, Chiocchia V, Partlett C, Rivero-Arias O, Xinyang Hua; Hinshaw K, et al. ANODE: a randomised controlled trial of prophylactic ANtibiotics to investigate the prevention of infection following Operative vaginal Delivery. Lancet (2019) - Published Online May 13, 2019; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30773-1.
Geethanath R, Ahmed I, Abu-Harb M, Onwuneme C, Hinshaw K. Intrapartum antibiotics for prelabour rupture of the membranes (PROM) at term to prevent Group B Streptococcus neonatal infection. JOG (2019) published online 27 March 2019; doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1550474
Hayes C, Hinshaw K, Hogg R, Graham Y. Evaluating the contribution of interdisciplinary obstetrics skills and drills emergency training. Brit J Midwifery (2019); 27:167-vi. 10.12968/bjom.2019.27.3.167.
Brogaard L, Hvidman L, Hinshaw K, et al. Development of the TeamOBS-PPH - targeting clinical performance in postpartum hemorrhage. Obstetric Anesthesia Digest (2019); 39(1):32-33. DOI: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000552906.90082.bc
Mohamed-Ahmed O, Hinshaw K, Knight M. Operative vaginal delivery and postpartum infection. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol (2018) - published online 28 Sept 2018; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2018.09.005
Chu JJ, Hinshaw K, Paterson-Brown S, Johnston T, Matthews M, Webb J, Sharpe P. Peri-mortem Caesarean Section (Resuscitative Hysterotomy) – Why, When and How. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG). (2018) 20(3): 151-8..
Brierley-Jones L, Crawley R, Jones E, Gordon I, Knight J, Hinshaw K. Supporting parents through stillbirth: a qualitative study exploring the views of health professionals and health care staff in three hospitals in England. EJOG & Reprod Biol (2018); 222: 45-51. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2018.01.007
Courses offered to GPs
Lectures given to GPs on menstrual disorders, pregnancy management and hormone replacement therapy.
- MB BS University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1982
- FRCOG Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 2006
Reference number 2613440
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Education Lead, Executive Committee Member (active) BMFMS 2014
- Honorary National Faculty Lead (active) Baby Lifeline Training 2014
- Chair, NPEU UKOSS Steering Committee (active) National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- RCOG, 1994
Affiliations / memberships
President, North of England Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society (2017)
Chair, UKOSS National Steering Committee (2016-)
Ministry of Defence, National Civilian Consultant Advisor to the British Army – Obstetrics & Gynaecology (2009 – 2018)
Medical Advisor, Baby Lifeline Charity (2005 – present)
Medical Advisor (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Swinfen Telemedicine Charitable Trust (2005 – present)
Trustee, Advanced Life Support Group, Manchester (2009 - present)
- Spire Washington Hospital, NE38 9JZ
- 13:30 - 16:30
- 0191 415 1272
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Spire Washington Ward staff via 0191 4151272 (who will contact me directly)