Mr David Ratliff

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.

Specialises in:

  • General surgery
  • Vascular and Transplant Surgery
 

Recent Reviews

 
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15th July 2018
Written by a patient at Northampton General Hospital

Mr Ratliff was clear and concise, empathetic and a sense of humour. His knowledge of the issue was outstanding and cery reassuring. Thank you Mr Rstliff for your speed in diagnosing my illness .

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10th July 2018
Written by a patient at Northampton General Hospital

From my first consultation Mr Ratliff explained every aspect of the surgery I required and answered any questions I had with in depth detail. He has been honest, knowledgeable and reassuring through out the pre-operative and post operative process. Mr Ratliff aided to accommodate my operation date within the NHS organisation to best suit my family and job, I found this extremely helpful. Whilst undergoing surgery and the immediate post operative care Mr Ratliff checked on my recovery personally on his ward round and updated me throughout my hospital stay. I would also like to add his junior doctor team were impeccable in chasing my blood results, recognising there was a problem and arranging to see me within the hospital and write me a prescription within a few hours of me having the blood test in a community setting the day after I was discharged from hospital. This was then followed up by Mr Ratliff personally the following day. He has a polite and professional manner both on the phone and face to face and I felt very impressed with the care I had received that week. Mr Ratliff has continued to follow up my post operative care personally within his clinic which has been pleasant as I have felt my care from Mr Ratliff and his team has been personally tailored for my individual clinical needs and I have received excellent care throughout. The surgery was successful and I feel so well for having it done. Thank you for all you have done.

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21st June 2018
Written by a patient at BMI Three Shires Hospital

David Ratliff is an extremely caring, attentive and compassionate practitioner, demonstrating understanding and a clear authoritative solution to my needs. I had never had surgery before and any concern or anxiety I had about my procedure, was entirely overcome in a sensitive and professional manner. David's attention and application was demonstrated throughout my hospital visits, both as an inpatient and outpatient. Additionally, He has very high standards of care fully demonstrated in his support teams. I could not recommend David Ratliff more highly, my operation was entirely as planned, successful and I look forward to the future with confidence.


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