New medical director for Southend University Hospital
04 January 2013
Rugby loving consultant surgeon Mr Neil Rothnie is ready to tackle a challenging new career move as he takes over the role of medical director at Southend University Hospital.
Mr Rothnie joined the consultant staff as a general and breast
surgeon in 1994, although he had first set foot there 14 years
earlier as a student locum houseman when he gained an invaluable
wealth of experience and knowledge.
He returned again as a surgical registrar for two years in the
mid-eighties before going on to do research in Bristol and London's
Royal Free Hospital and working as a senior registrar and lecturer
at Bart's Hospital.
Initially, his special interest was in upper gastro-intestinal
surgery, although he also performed a wide range of general
surgical procedures. But his track record at Bart's specialist
breast unit soon led to an invitation to develop Southend's own
Since its humble beginnings in two small clinic areas and a
packed waiting room, the service has gone from strength to strength
under Mr Rothnie's leadership. He was responsible for the
development and design of the specialist breast unit in the
hospital's Nightingale centre which incorporates South Essex Breast
Screening Service, of which he is director of screening.
Mr Rothnie introduced nurse-led clinics and a family history
clinic as well as a number of other services and links with
breast-care charities. The unit regularly contributes to all the
major national audits and its expertise is now recognised
throughout Europe. Mr Rothnie was also responsible for setting up
'one-stop clinics' for women with suspected breast cancer and for
reducing the length of stay so that most patients go home on the
same day as they have their operation. The most recent innovation
has been the introduction of digital mammography.
Mr Rothnie said: "The very best thing about the unit is the
quality of the team we have developed and the care we provide to
make sure patients are treated as individuals and receive the very
best possible care."
He takes over the medical director's role from Dr Grahame Tosh.
One of the conditions of Mr Rothnie accepting the appointment
was that he will continue to see and operate on patients.
He said: "There are so many good things about the hospital and I
shall be striving to make sure that every patient's experience is
an excellent one."
With pic:consultant breast surgeon Mr Neil Rothnie