Meet the team: pelvic floor

In Southampton we have a particularly strong multidisciplinary team approach to treating pelvic floor disorders. This is important because patients frequently have problems within several areas reflecting a global pelvic floor weakness. Our team members work closely together to assess patients and plan surgery. 

Colorectal consultant surgeons


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Miss Karen Nugent

Miss Nugent has extensive experience in pelvic floor and colorectal surgery. She has developed a pelvic floor practice for coloproctology linked with the urogynaecologists at the Trust. 

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Sophie Pilkington

Miss Sophie Pilkington

Miss Pilkington has worked at the Trust since 2010. She sees patients with many colorectal problems but her main focus is pelvic floor disorders. She carries out sacral nerve stimulation, stapled haemorrhoidopexy and laparoscopic surgery for rectal prolapse.

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Urogynaecology consultant surgeons 


Mr Ash Monga

Mr Ash Monga

Mr Monga has led the obstetrics and gynaecology department’s development as a leading centre for urogynaecology. He specialises in treating incontinence, prolapse and the pelvic floor, faecal incontinence and fibroids. Mr Monga is the regional lead for urogynaecology and paediatric and adolescent gynaecology.

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Gunther Rienhardt

Mr Gunter Rienhardt

Mr Rienhardt has a special interest in urogynaecology. He also covers general gynaecology and obstetrics and is involved in postgraduate education.

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Gastroenterology consultant physician 


Nicholas Coleman

Dr Nick Coleman

Dr Coleman was appointed as a consultant gastroenterologist in 2004 and is trained in all aspects of upper and lower GI medicine. He has a specialist interest in functional and motility disorders of the GI tract and is the clinical lead for the oesophageal motility service and a member of the pelvic floor team.

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Consultant radiologists 


Elizabeth Rutherford

Dr Elizabeth Rutherford

Dr Rutherford is lead consultant for ultrasound and also works in the oncology radiology department. Her interests include head and neck imaging and gynaecological and pelvic floor imaging.

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Dr Cath Grierson

Dr Grierson has worked for the Trust since February 2010. She has a sub-specialty interest in gastrointestinal radiology.

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Allied professionals


Sally Gilbert and Jan Hicks

Sally Gilbert and Jan Hicks

Sally and Jan are theatre practitioners.


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Kathleen Vits, consultant physiotherapist

Kathleen is a consultant physiotherapist who specialises in women's health. She is clinical lead for the conservative therapy team at the Princess Anne Hospital with special interest in bladder problems and chronic pain.