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- Upper GI surgery
I am trained in advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, specialising in the treatment of oesophagogastric cancer, gallbladder disease, hiatus hernia repair and anti-reflux surgery as well as open and laparoscopic hernia repair. I also have significant experience in performing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
I have been a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital since 2014. I qualified from Leeds University Medical School and completed a two year doctorate in medicine (MD) before entering higher surgical training in Yorkshire and the North East of England. I was privileged to gain a vast amount of expertise in the specialist resection of oesophagogastric (OG) cancer in one of the largest OG cancer centres in Europe, the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne under the supervision of Professor SM Griffin OBE. Following completion of my surgical training, I was chosen for an overseas fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery with Prof. David Watson at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia.
In my work in the NHS, I have led the development of an emergency gallbladder surgery service at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, improving patient access to prompt treatment of biliary conditions. Alongside busy clinical work, I am involved in postgraduate surgical teaching and training. My research interests include the management of oesophagogastric cancer as well as biliary and upper gastrointestinal diseases.
I have co-authored a leading textbook for the post-graduate FRCS examination in general surgery and have been an invited reviewer for surgical journals.
In all of my work, my primary commitment is to the patient and ensuring they receive the best possible care. My approach to patient care was recognised by the Eastern Daily Press sponsored Norfolk and Norwich Hospital awards when I reached the final round of nominations for the 'Patient Choice- Most Outsanding Individual Member of Staff 2017'.
Areas of interest
I perform a wide range of procedures and operations including:
Laparoscopic and open hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic incisional hernia surgery
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
Laparoscopic surgery for acid reflux, achalasia and hiatal hernia
Minimally invasive surgery for oesophageal and gastric cancer.
- Rachel Hughes
- Hill House Consulting Rooms Spire Norwich Hospital Watton Road Norwich NR4 7TD
- 07850 458773
- 07850 458773
- 01603 288118
Anaesthetists worked with
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Oesophagogastric and laparoscopic Surgeon
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust
Keen tennis player and have represented Norfolk mens county team. I also run and train regularly in the gym in between spending time with my wife and children.
My approach to patient care was recognised by the Eastern Daily Press sponsored Norfolk and Norwich Hospital awards when I reached the final round of nominations for the 'Patient Choice- Most Outsanding Individual Member of Staff 2017'.
Courses offered to GPs
Speaker at many local GP educational events on several aspects of general surgery.
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Royal College of surgeons of England 2011
- Doctorate in Medicine University of Leeds School of Medicine 2006
Reference number 4426109
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCT General / Upper GI surgery, 2012
Affiliations / memberships
Council member for the Association of Upper GI surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland