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The trained gastroenterologist will be able to develop and run endoscopy services for diagnostic, therapeutic and screening endoscopy. All trained gastroenterologists will be competent at upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy.
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The trained gastroenterologist will be able to develop and run endoscopy services for diagnostic, therapeutic and screening endoscopy.

Training normally takes 5 years one of which may be pure research while the remaining four years are usually combined with general medicine. All trained gastroenterologists will be competent at upper and lower GI endoscopy and some will have had additional training in hepato-biliary endoscopy. Most will be expected to participate in the acute medical receiving units of all cases including GI disease and to be expert in the management of the broad range of gastrointestinal disease either in out-patients or following admission. Consultation and communication skills are important in addition to organisational and managerial training.

Education and Clinical Teams

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Dr Ben Mearns


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Dr Ben Mearns who joined SASH in 2007, is a consultant in acute medicine and a geriatrician. He is chief of medicine and responsible for leading the extensive number of services within the medicine division; ranging from the emergency department (A&E) and cardiology to therapies and pharmacy. He is passionate about patient engagement and the delivery of safe high quality care. He values the opportunity to hear from the people we care for and to ensure that their views are heard. He is a strong advocate of patient involvement in continuing to develop and improve the services we provide. Dr Mearns is a member of the SASH executive committee and an active member of the transformation guiding team. He is also a senior associate at the Nuffield Trust.

Dr James Clark

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Dr Ben Field

College Tutor

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Dr Ben Field was appointed consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine at SaSH in March 2012. He is responsible for inpatients on Bletchingley and Hazelwood wards and holds outpatient clinics at East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital. He is the Trust’s RCP tutor for medicine.

He gained a first class BMedSci before graduating in medicine with distinction from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, in 1997. After specialist training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospitals, he joined Imperial College London as an MRC clinical research training fellow, obtaining a PhD in 2009 for research into the neuroendocrine control of appetite, energy expenditure and insulin secretion. He is actively involved in research at SaSH and Imperial College, and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London.

His interests encompass all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology, including structured education in type 1 diabetes mellitus, intensification of insulin treatment, insulin pump therapy, complex type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetic foot disease, PCOS, pituitary diseases, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders.

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Dr Gayarati Chakrabarty

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Dr Matthew Cowan

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Dr Gary Mackenzie

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Dr Monira Rahman

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Dr Jonathan Stenner

Wards Covered

  • Charlwood

Educational opportunities include:

Date & TimeLocationOpportunity
Monthly Mondays 12:30Histopathology DepartmentLiver biopsy meeting
Every Tuesday at 08:30Lecture Theatre PGECUpper GI/HPB Cancer MDT
Every Tuesday at 12.30Radiology seminar roomGastroenterology/GI surgery radiology meeting
Every Thursday at 12:30Lecture Theatre, PGECMedical Grand Round
Every Friday at 12:30RM 2 PGECGastroenterology departmental teaching

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01737 231722

SASH Education Campus
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital

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