Dr Matthew Rooney



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Dr Matthew Rooney is an experienced consultant anaesthetist based in the West Midlands.
Following graduation in medicine from Newcastle in 1986, initial anaesthetic training continued there covering most general specialities including intensive care and obstetric anaesthesia. He also worked for nine months on the Professorial Medical Unit covering renal, transplant and endocrine medicine as well as resident medical officer duties for the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. He received the Magill Prize for performance in the primary Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Registrar posts in Nottingham and Lincoln followed with further training in adult and paediatric Intensive Care, obstetric, ENT, Neuroanaesthesia, and thoracic anaesthesia. He completed his Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1992. He spent a year as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham where also initially developed a technology for blood concentrations as well as anaesthetising patients for major spinal surgery. Final senior registrar training continued in the Birmingham and Coventry hospitals where he undertook rotations which included cardiac anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia and obstetric anaesthesia.
He was appointed a consultant anaesthetist at the Heart of England Foundation Trust in Birmingham in 1997. He has held several roles including being the lead consultant for audit, critical incidents, ophthalmic anaesthesia and IT. He has produced guidelines to minimize post-operative nausea and vomiting and run for example collaborative audit projects with surgeons on mortality and risk stratification. He cares for many of the elderly patients requiring emergency general and orthopaedic surgery. He has a particular interest in using oesophageal Doppler monitoring to optimize the heart in the critically sick emergency surgical patients. He anaesthetises children.
His typical practice includes many patients having complex vascular surgery, elective laparoscopic general and gynaecological surgery, orthopaedic, eye and day surgery. He flexibly covers most other specialties. He regularly uses techniques that combine rapid and enhanced recovery from surgery with minimal post-operative pain and nausea. This is achieved by regularly using pre-operative analgesia, local anaesthetic infiltration before venous cannulation, and carefully matching general and regional anaesthesia to the surgery and the patient. He can provide advanced sedation methods that combine rapid control of anxiety and analgesia with fast return to normal activity.
He works regularly in the independent sector particularly in particularly in vascular surgery, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and gynaecology. He is one of the founder partners of Excel Anaesthesia, an anaesthetic partnership in Solihull.
During his professional career he has developed a disposable device for instant assessment of anaemia and databases to manage critical incidents, departmental information and personalized outcome reports for anaesthetists. He regularly lectures to anaesthetists in training on subjects including statistics, physics and pharmacology. He is a member of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the Vascular Anaesthetic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Ophthalmic Anaesthetists Society and a previous secretary of the Society of Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia. He has also worked with industry in helping to develop medical technologies through his involvement with Healthtech and Innovations Factory.
He is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Heart of England Foundation Trust.
He is married to Alison and has five children spread over 16 years. In his spare time he likes dog-walking, cycling, DIY and tinkering with technology.

Areas of interest

Vascular anaesthesia including endovascular thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repairs; Orthopaedic anaesthesia; Ophthalmic anaesthesia; Gynaecological anaesthesia; Laparoscopic surgery anaesthesia

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  • Tina Gibson
  • Excel Anaesthesia Excel House 29 Jillcot Road SOLIHULL B92 8JG
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