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Written by a NHS patient at East Surrey Hospital
9th April 2021


Simon performed my very successful gastric bypass in September 2020. The experience was seamless but the after care and communication is quite extraordinary. Fast forward to 7 months later. The relationship and open dialogue that Simon builds with his patients meant I felt quite comfortable to contact him a week ago to explain that I had abdominal pain. At the time I felt a bit embarrassed as I thought it could be linked to doing an intense set of sit ups the day before! But Simon is always clear that bypass patients should take abdominal pain seriously, no matter how long after surgery. Simon was clear that if the pain intensified I was to go to A&E. By yesterday the pain had increased so off I went to A&E at East Spire. While the ultrasound and CT were both clear, Simon was adamant that I was presenting classic symptoms of an internal hernia or a bowel adhesion and a mere few hours later he operated! It turns out his suspicions were correct and after a quick surgery I was sorted out. Shortly after I was back home in my own bed. I could potentially have had quite a different outcome if I hadn’t felt comfortable to contact Simon about my symptoms. I felt quite sheepish contacting him initially as I was sure it would just be the result of a misjudged sit up! But he put me at ease and took me seriously. Simon not only changed my life when he did my gastric bypass last year, he potentially saved my life yesterday.

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Written by a NHS patient at East Surrey Hospital
9th February 2021


I will be forever indebted to Mr Monkhouse and his amazing team for what they did for me, saving my life on numerous occasions whilst I was in his care. I know on a few occasions I wasn't clinically the easiest patient that you've ever dealt with but Mr Monkhouse worked around the problems I faced with professionalism, care, compassion and just by simply telling me that everything was going to be ok even though at times I thought it wouldn't be. From the moment I met Mr Monkhouse in the ICU of East Surrey Hospital I knew that I was in the best hands, he guided me through numerous specialist procedures. He was always there when I needed him, either on the ward or by email/phone on his days off! I would recommend anyone to Simon, knowing that he genuinely loves his job and always has his patients best interests at heart. Thank you for everything! Darren

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Written by a patient at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital
22nd December 2020


Mr Monkhouse removed my galll bladder at Spire Gatwick Park hospital in December 2020 From the outset of the first virtual appointment with Mr Monkhouse I found his quiet confidence very reassuring. He put me at ease, was familiar with the background information, listened to my personal account carefully and then outlined the way forward. His expectation of what needed doing was clear and he explained gave a balanced view of benefits and risks of surgery. He was very considerate of my needs regarding the timing of the surgery and at all times came across as a kind and caring person, concerned about the whole person, not just the surgery and with a quiet confidence in his ability to do a good job. I was justifiably confident in his ability as a surgeon and the healing process has gone very well. As well as following up in hospital, he emailed me twice at home to make sure my recovery was going well and was happy for me to contact him should I need to. There was a scheduled Zoom meeting twelve days later to check on my progress. I would feel fully justified in recommending him to anyone needing a surgeon in his area of expertise. C. M.

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Written by a carer at East Surrey Hospital
16th November 2020


I would just like to say a huge thank you to you Mr Monkhouse. You have delivered the most amazing care and help to my partner Darren over the past 15 weeks of him being poorly. I know he wasn’t an easy case for anyone to try and tackle haha. The care you have given him and the time taken out of your day to check on him, asking your team and the constant communication between everyone has been amazing. Please continue to deliver the great care and compassion you give as honestly not only do your patients really appreciate it but also their families too! Thank you so so much again for absolutely everything and also your fantastic team who you have beside you, they have been nothing short of amazing also. Kind Regards Jodie

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Written by a carer at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital
24th October 2020


My partner has just recently had a gastric bypass, I was naturally very cautious about the procedure so I thoroughly researched to ensure she was getting the best treatment possible. All sources point to Dr. Monkhouse who had outstanding reviews and mentions over the internet. We were not disappointed, right from the consultation he was surprisingly honest, supportive and professional. Both him and his team have been fantastic throughout the entire journey. My partner is now about 2 weeks out of surgery and you would not even realise it, she just has trapped gas in a part of her stomach which was operated on (that will pass!) which causes her minor discomfort occasionally but aside this she is doing every day things without issues (although I'm reminding her to take it easy), and she is so happy that she is now losing weight effectively. I cannot commend Dr. Monkhouse enough this is a really good package with plenty of professional support throughout the entire process, he was always available to awnser my questions or just talk me through my concerns. The hospital also has strict measures in place in regards to COVID-19 it's very different from a public hospital. Thanks.

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Mr Simon Monkhouse was awarded the iWantGreatCare certificate of excellence in 2021 for delivering outstanding care.

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MA MBBChir PGCME FRCS Consultant Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon Mr Monkhouse was the recipient of the "Your Care Matters: improving the patient experience" award at the SASH Annual Staff Awards of Excellence 2015. This award is presented to a person whose great work is repeatedly highlighted.

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Short link to review Mr Simon Monkhouse: http://iwgc.net/eckn6