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Dr Turner studied at Oxford University and Birmingham Medical School and has a PhD from Queen Mary University, London. His higher specialist training in Respiratory and General Medicine began in Sheffield in 2009 and finished in London in 2016. After working as a Locum Consultant at King’s College Hospital he has been a Substantive Consultant at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust since the end of 2018.
With experience of a broad range of hospitals across the UK, Dr Turner is now based at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He specialises in lung cancer, pleural disease, bronchiectasis and other lung infections, as well as general Respiratory and Internal Medicine. He is also is experienced in the management of chronic cough and tuberculosis, and is proficient at bronchoscopy and pleural procedures.
Dr Turner also has a strong academic record, with publications particularly in the fields of chronic cough and tuberculosis, and is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. He has presented his research nationally and internationally, is an invited reviewer for leading respiratory journals, and a keen teacher of medical students and junior doctors.
Areas of interest
All respiratory conditions but particularly: persistent cough; respiratory infections including pneumonia, bronchiectasis, and tuberculosis; pneumothorax; pleural effusion; unexplained breathlessness; lung cancer; asthma; COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant, Respiratory and Gerneral Adult Medicine
Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Heathcare NHS Trust. London
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Spanish - Fluent
- French - Conversational
- German - Basic
Cho PSP, Fletcher HV, Turner RD, Jolley CJ, Birring SS. Impaired cough suppression in chronic refractory cough. Eur Respir J. 2019; 53: 1802203.
Turner RD, Darmalingam M, Hooper R, Kunst H, Matos S, Birring S, Bothamley GH. Daily cough frequency in tuberculosis and association with household infection. Int J Tuber Lung Dis. 2018; 22: 863-870.
Turner RD, Bothamley GH. Chronic cough and a normal chest X-ray - a simple systematic approach to exclude common causes before referral to secondary care: a retrospective cohort study. NPJ Prim Care Respir Med. 2016; 26: 15081.
Turner RD, Bothamley GH. How to count coughs? Counting by ear, the effect of visual data and the evaluation of an automated cough monitor. Respir Med. 2014; 108: 1808-1815.
Cho PSP, Birring SS, Fletcher HV, Turner RD. Methods of cough assessment. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 (doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2019.01.049).
Turner RD. Cough in pulmonary tuberculosis: Existing knowledge and general insights. Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2019; 55: 89-94.
Turner RD, Chiu C, Churchyard GJ, Esmail H, Lewinsohn DM, Gandhi NR, Fennelly KP. Tuberculosis infectiousness and host susceptibility. J Infect Dis. 2017; 216(suppl_6): S636-S643.
Turner RD, Bothamley GH. Cough and the transmission of tuberculosis. J Infect Dis. 2015; 211: 1367-1372.
Turner RD, Birring SS. Chronic cough: ATP, afferent pathways and hypersensitivity. Eur Respir J. 2019 (doi: 10.1183/13993003.00889-2019).
- PhD Queen Mary University, London 2016
- Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Royal College of Physicians, London 2009
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2008
- MBChB University of Birmingham 2005
- MA/BA Biological Sciences University of Oxford 1998
- Specialist Certificate in Respiratory Medicine Royal College of Physicians, London 2012
Reference number 6122372
Details of entry to specialist register
- Respiratory and General Medicine, 2016
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
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.