New surgeon strengthens leading keyhole surgery team

One of Europe's leading laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery teams has been strengthened by the recruitment of a new, highly experienced surgeon.

New surgeon strengthens leading keyhole surgery team.

One of Europe’s leading laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery teams has been strengthened by the recruitment of a new, highly experienced surgeon.

Mr Matthew Tutton becomes the fifth surgeon of the laparoscopic team at Colchester General Hospital – which aims to become one of the world’s leading centres for keyhole surgery, development and research.

Mr Tutton’s appointment will give the team increased ability to reduce cancer waiting times and to see and treat patients quicker. It also means they will be able to provide more national and international training.

Mr Tutton has a wealth of experience having worked at a number of major London hospitals. He also undertook a fellowship in the USA at surgical clinics in Rochdale, Minnesota and New York, which broadened his experience of laparoscopic and colorectal surgery.

He said: “I look forward to the challenge of working at the ICENI centre at Colchester General Hospital alongside such an established internationally acclaimed team of surgeons, to provide the best service to our patients and training of future surgeons."

Last year the laparoscopic team launched its multi-million pound ICENI project, which will see the hospital becoming one of the world’s most important centres for keyhole surgery.

A £870,000 project has already seen the opening of two state-of-the-art laparoscopic operating theatres and a five-day ward supported by additional nurses and administrative staff.

The new ICENI Centre will eventually provide an education building containing lecture theatres, laboratories and other state-of-the-art facilities to become a centre of excellence for training and research into laparoscopic surgery.

Keyhole surgery was first pioneered at Colchester by consultant surgeons Professor Roger Motson and Mr Don Menzies in the early 1990s, and both are still key members of the team. Ralph Austin and Tan Arulampalam, who both have international reputations in the field, later joined the team.

The appointment of Mr Tutton has been welcomed the ICENI team.

Professor Motson said: “I am delighted that Matthew Tutton has joined the staff of the ICENI Centre.

“With this appointment, we now have probably one of the largest specialised teams of laparoscopic surgeons in the UK with expertise in upper gastro-intestinal, colorectal, renal and hernia surgery.

“As well as being an excellent clinical surgeon, Matthew has a strong research background which will enhance this aspect of our work.

“We are all delighted that he has joined us.”

The ICENI surgeons are also part of the multi-disciplinary colorectal cancer team recently nominated for the national Oncology Team of the Year title.

Colchester General Hospital is run by Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust.

For more information contact Patrick Lowman or Mark Prentice on 01284 768935.

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