Mr Barnett looked after me years ago and was amazing throughout a cyst removal and the birth of my daughter who came early. I could not have asked for a more sensitive, compassionate, professional Doctor whose bed side manner put most Dr's to shame. He really listened and was very informative and knowledgeable. He didn't hide painful truths from me, but told me with compassion and sincere care from one human being to another. He made extra special efforts to come be with me when daughter was born early despite not being a private paying patient any more and coming up on NHS for birth, but as he had been my gynaecologist and operated on me twice before, he made a special visit to advise and make sure that my daughter was born safely, for which I am eternally grateful for his continuity of care. If only the rest of the medical profession could learn from such a wonderfully warm, professional and humane Doctor, who didn't let his title go to his head. Decent guy and looked after us well.
After seeing Mr Barnett for fertility problems and conceiving due to his advice over 12 years ago, I returned due to further gynaecological problems. I had seen a different consultant 12 months prior, and felt I had been pacified both with this consultant and my GP. Mr Barnett listened to me, read my notes thoroughly, and agreed treatment for me in my own time. He performed a total hysterectomy two years ago and it is the best thing I could have done and has transformed my life. I found his manner very professional, approachable and a great sense of humour which made me relaxed and confident in his advice and surgery.
I like many had "googled " the gynaecologist at Harrogate hospital prior to my appointment for a colposcopy as I'd had a result of abnormal cells after my cervical smear test the reviews weren't great reading. However on meeting Dr A Barnett it's safe to say he was the ultimate professional, he answered all my questions with grace & humour and could not have been more reassuring. I felt I was in safe hands, and therefore compelled to put the records straight.
Condescending and old fashioned. Went to get a missing coil removed before trying to conceive - Mr Barnett flippantly told me that I would HAVE to have a c-section due to previous history and that I "might as well be sterilised at the same time". No other explaination or reasoning. Firstly NICE suggests that VBACs should be supported. Sterilisation is also not for everyone and should only be undertaken after careful consideration by the patient - not because it's a) simpler and b) cheaper for Drs to do it whilst the woman is already in theatre... If I was less educated and more inclined to 'do as told' by dictatorial Doctors like many women are, I'd have taken his instructions on and be having unnecessary procedures - what happened to allowing patients to make informed decisions?