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Written by a private patient at BMI Three Shires Hospital
15th July 2021


I saw Mr Ratliff to have a large lipoma removed from my shoulder. I was pleased that Mr Ratliff was able to perform the surgery under local having been told by 2 other consultants previously that I would need general. Being awake for the procedure I was very nervous but Mr Ratliff and his team were very kind, the ultimate professionals, and put me at ease. The surgery was a resounding success, the scar is perfect; so neat and will very soon be all but invisible. The procedure was performed with great care and very quickly, and I was told exactly what to expect during and after the surgery. I would highly recommend Mr Ratliff; a dedicated profession as well as a lovely person.

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Written by a NHS patient at Northampton General Hospital
5th July 2021


I was totally listened too. My experience could not have been improved. I was well and very accurately informed by him My questions were answered very succinctly thus giving me confidence instead of fear of what was to happen. The procedure was exactly as explained. I felt valued and cared about as an individual, not just another patient. After surgery my care again was second to none and follow up consultation again was very informative. His professionalism in my opinion was second to none

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Written by a NHS patient at Northampton General Hospital
16th June 2021


It has been a absolute pleasure to be treated by Mr Ratliff, his level and standard of communication with me has been superb throughout delays to my surgery caused by the pandemic. He fully explained my condition and treatment required to a satisfactory degree so I fully understood every detail of what’s involved ,this helped reduce my anxieties. We are in extraordinarily difficult times especially for our NHS, despite this Mr Ratliff and others provided an exceptional service. I’m now fully recovered and able to enjoy good health. Many thanks

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Written by a NHS patient at Northampton General Hospital
7th June 2021


I cannot praise Mr Ratliff enough, from our first telephone consultation to my surgery and aftercare, he was kind, informative answered all my questions, explained everything in great detail so that I would understand, and reassured me every step of the way, he really does care about his patients. I had a parathyroidectomy and a thyroid nodule aspirated, my scar is so neat and in time I'm sure will be barely noticeable in the future, I'm truly grateful to him and his team for doing my surgery and greatly improving the quality of my life, thank you.

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Written by a NHS patient at Northampton General Hospital
2nd June 2021


Mr Ratliff removed 3 of my parathyroid glands in an operation on the 4 May. He had instilled confidence in me from the first consultation through to surgery and follow up consultations. He explained clearly and thoroughly the benefits (and risks) of having the operation. I have a 2-3 inch scar on my neck from the operation, but this is healing well & is very neat. I am sure this will be hardly visible in time. My repeat bloods have come back normal, although I don't think I needed the results to tell me that, as I have felt so much better since the operation. I am much less tired, my aching joints have improved no end, as has my flexibility and mobility - all this from the removal of 3 little glands, which weren't working properly. From my experience, I can only say the the benefits of the parathyroidectomy are superb and Mr Ratliff is definitely the 'go to' surgeon for this operation. Thank you!

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Mr David Ratliff was awarded the iWantGreatCare certificate of excellence in 2021 for delivering outstanding care.

Specialises in

  • General surgery
  • Vascular and Transplant Surgery

Profile

Mr David Ratliff
MB ChB, MD, FRCP, FRCS (Eng & Ed)
Consultant Surgeon

Specialises in
• General surgery
• Endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid) surgery
• Laparoscopic surgery
• Vascular surgery

Areas of interest
• Laparoscopic inguinal hernia and sports hernia repair
• Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal by keyhole surgery)
• Hernia repairs of all types including inguinal, femoral, epigastric and umbilical hernia repair under GA and LA
• Thyroid nodule
• Goitre
• Thyroid cancer
• Thyroid surgery
• Parathyroid surgery
• Varicose vein treatments of all types, especially the Venefit procedure (keyhole surgery) and injection sclerotherapy
• Microsclerotherapy (cosmetic injection treatment) of spider and thread veins • Vascular access including Portacath and Groshong line insertion
• Haemorrhoidectomy
• Excision of lumps and bumps
• Botox injection for axillary hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)

Treatments/Procedures
• Abscess, incision and drainage
• Anal fistula surgery
• Appendicectomy
• Botox injections for hyperhidrosis
• Central lymph node excision
• Cervical lymph node biopsy
• Duplex scan
• Epigastric hernia repair
• Excision of lumps and bumps
• Excision and primary closure of pilonidal sinus
• Excision of thyroglossal cyst
• Femoral hernia repair
• Fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules
• Groshong line, insertion
• Groshong line, removal
• Haemorrhoidectomy
• Hemi-thyroidectomy
• Incisional hernia repair
• Inguinal hernia repair, under general or local anaesthetic
• Injection of haemorrhoids
• Injection sclerotherapy of varicose veins
• Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
• Laparoscopic division of adhesions
• Laparoscopic femoral hernia repair
• Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair
• Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
• Lateral internal sphincterotomy for anal fissure
• Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
• Open cholecystectomy
• Paraumbilical hernia repair
• Parathyroidectomy
• Partial thyroidectomy
• Portacath, insertion
• Portacath, removal
• Removal of benign skin lesions
• Sigmoidoscopy
• Sports hernia repair
• Surgery for pilonidal sinus
• Thyroid lobectomy
• Total thyroidectomy
• Umbilical hernia repair
• Venefit procedure (keyhole surgery, radiofrequency ablation) for varicose veins
• Varicose vein surgery of all types, including for recurrent varicose veins

Current consultant NHS hospital held
• Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Year qualified
• 1977

Qualifications
• MB ChB University of Birmingham 1977
• MRCP Royal College of Physicians 1980
• FRCS Royal College of Surgeons 1982
• FRCS Ed Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1982
• MD University of Birmingham 1985
• FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2001

Additional training
• Fellow in Vascular Surgery University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1990-91

Details of entry to Specialist Register
• General Surgery, 1991

Affiliations / memberships
• Royal College of Surgeons of England
• Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
• Royal College of Physicians
• British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
• Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

About me
David Ratliff is a very experienced general, endocrine, laparoscopic and vascular surgeon with over 27 years experience as a consultant in these fields. He was initially a consultant at the Leicester Royal Infirmary from 1991-94 and then moved to Northampton where he has been working at the Northampton General (NGH) and BMI Three Shires Hospitals since 1994.

During his career David has led the progressive development and delivery of the general, endocrine and vascular surgical services in Northampton as high quality services with very good outcomes and a national reputation for clinical excellence.

He has extensive experience in managing all general surgical conditions including hernias, gallbladder disease, anorectal problems including haemorrhoids and anal fissure, abdominal pain, pilonidal sinus and removal of lumps and bumps. He is an expert in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair and hernia repairs of all types.

David is a high volume endocrine surgeon, carrying out surgery for benign thyroid disease, thyroid cancer and parathyroid surgery with excellent results and an activity in the top 10-15% procedures nationally. He is a leading specialist in the management of thyroid cancer.

He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of all vascular problems including circulatory and venous conditions. He is an expert in the treatment of varicose veins by keyhole surgery and injection sclerotherapy, and also of spider and thread veins. He has wide experience in vascular access and the insertion of portacaths and central lines for chemotherapy.

He led the vascular service at NGH for over 20 years, introducing a wide range of new procedures and the latest technology and techniques. This resulted in major improvements and the formation of the Northamptonshire Vascular Service in 2012 with Northampton as the vascular centre.

David has maintained a strong commitment to high professional standards and continuing professional development with up-to-date specialist knowledge throughout his career. He was an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons and Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery for 16 years and Clinical Director of the Department of Surgery at NGH from 2001-2005. He has also maintained an active interest in clinical research and has been the author of over 35 publications.

He was awarded a National Silver Award for Clinical Excellence in 2008 and before that a National Bronze Award for Clinical Excellence in 2004.

David’s approach is very professional and patient-focussed. He communicates well and keeps you fully informed and involved in decision making at every stage. He concentrates his considerable knowledge and experience to offer you his opinion and expert treatment, based on your needs and requirements. His primary objective is to provide his patients with the best possible outcomes for their problems.

Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
• Examiner, Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery, 2013-2017
• Chair, East Midlands Thyroid Cancer Sub-Group, 2010-2013

Research interests
• Endocrine surgery
• General surgery
• Vascular surgery

Personal interests
I am married with two children. As well as spending time with my family I enjoy tennis, skiing, sailing and travel.

Awards received
David was awarded a National Silver Award for Clinical Excellence in 2008 and a National Bronze Award for Clinical Excellence in 2004.

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