Southampton consultants among best in the UK


Patients at Southampton’s teaching hospitals are receiving some of the best care in the country – and that’s official.

Six consultants based at Southampton General Hospital have been named among the top specialists in their fields in national reports.

Emergency department consultant Dr John Heyworth and ophthalmologist Professor Andrew Lotery featured in The Times Magazine’s recently published guide on the UK’s top doctors.

Researchers at the newspaper spent six months asking charities, specialists and professional bodies to draw up a list of the leading figures in their particular areas of interest.

In addition, the Daily Mail canvassed the opinions of leading hip, knee and heart surgeons to discover which names were most highly thought of by their fellow professionals.

The results saw orthopaedic experts Doug Dunlop and Professor David Barrett named in the hip and knee replacement lists, while Dr Nick Curzen and Dr Huon Gray topped the cardiology category.

“I am absolutely delighted that six of our consultants have been recognised for their skills on a national level by their colleagues and high profile institutions,” said Mark Hackett, chief executive of Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“It is a credit to the city of Southampton that we possess such a talented team of medical staff and it is a clear indicator that we are continuing to develop our standing as a centre of excellence in line with our 2020Vision, which focuses on providing world-leading, safe and effective care for patients.”

Posted on Thursday 25 November 2010