Mr Rob Bethune

General surgery

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Specialises in

  • General
  • Lower GI surgery

About me

Rob Bethune is a Colo-Rectal Consultant Surgeon working both at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. He is primarily a laparoscopic surgeon specialising in hernias, bowel cancer and inflammatory disease.

He has a significant role in improving the delivery of health care services. After spending a year as a surgeon in a rural mission hospital in Zambia he took time out of his surgical training to work as a manager at the South West Strategic Health Authority. During this year he worked in a 17 hospital safety collaborative improving the standards of peri-operative care.

He is also involved in the non-technical skills amongst surgeons; after publishing his master’s thesis on pre-operative briefings and debriefings. He has published widely on patient safety, surgery, human factors and quality improvement.

He is interested in the management and investigation of a variety of symptoms and signs; rectal (PR) bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis) and irritable bowel syndrome.

Areas of interest

Laparoscopic Hernia; Hernia; Haemorrhoids, Perianal fissure; Perianal fistula; Bowel Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Crohn's Disease; Ulcerative colitis; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Colonoscopy; Laparoscopic Surgery; Rectal bleeding; PR bleeding; Abdominal pain; Diarrhoea; Constipation; ileostomy; colostomy; para-stomal hernia; incisional hernia;

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Procedures completed

  • H2002

    Diagnostic colonoscopy, includes forceps biopsy of colon and ileum - (5-50)

    Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital (1-5)

  • T2002

    Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia - unilateral - (1-5)

  • H2502

    Diagnostic flexible sigmoidoscopy (including forceps biopsy and proctoscopy) - (1-5)

  • H5240

    Banding of haemorrhoids - (1-5)

  • T2000

    Primary repair of inguinal hernia - (1-5)

  • T2400

    Repair of umbilical hernia (irrespective of age) - (1-5)

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