Our specialist weight loss surgery team

Every year the team of specialists at Spire Washington Hospital, Rickleton, help patients lose weight, gain confidence and start getting more out of life. Our weight loss surgeons are supported by nurses, dietitian and secretaries who will help you on your weight loss journey. Find out more about our team by clicking on their profiles below.

Mr Shlok Balupuri
Consultant Bariatric Surgeon


Mr Balupuri performs the following weight loss procedures:

Mr Balupuri trained in Hepatopancreatobiliary, Laparoscopic Bariatric surgery and anti reflux surgery. He has trained and performed Weight Loss Surgery and now teaches at Bariatric Courses. He has been to various bariatric units based in Frankfurt, Oslo and Brugge.

His other interests include Pancreato-biliary surgery and Laparoscopic anti reflux surgery. He has extensively published and presented at various national and international journals and conferences. Mr Balupuri is also a commissioned officer in the Territorial Army.

Dr David Nylander
Consultant Gastroenterologist


Dr Nylander performs the following weight loss surgery procedures:

Dr Nylander graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1988. He did my specialist training in gastroenterology and hepatology in the Northern Regional training programme.

His specialist interests are therapeutic endoscopy -  he performs most therapeutic endoscopy procedures in the upper and lower GI tract to an expert level. 

He has a wealth of experience in the endoscopic aspects of obesity management.

Maureen Boyle


Miss Maureen Boyle, RD, BSc Nutrition and Dietetics is a Senior Specialist Dietitian at Sunderland Royal Hospital and Spire Washington Hospital with a specialist interest in eating disorders.

Miss Boyle completed her dietetic training in 1982 which included three years in Aberdeen and a practical placement at St James Hospital, Leeds. She joined Sunderland Royal Hospital in 1983 and has worked in most areas of dietetics.

Since 1990, Maureen has specialised in the areas of learning disability and mental health. She became involved in weight loss surgery following the first procedures performed at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Now she has established a dietetic service for assessment, treatment and support for patients undergoing gastric banding procedure.


Oliver Bekarma


Dr Oliver Bekarma is a Clinical Psychologist providing psychological therapy to patients at Spire Washington Hospital. Dr Bekarma practices at the the Tees, Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

He has specialist skills in Neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation and has experience in drawing upon a wide range of evidence based psychological therapies to ensure that any approach is individually tailored to the needs of her patients

Louise Childs
Specialist Bariatric Nurse


Louise Childs is our specialist bariatric (weight loss) nurse. She has been a qualified nurse since 2003, and has worked at Spire Washington Hospital's theatre department since 2006.

Louise became interested in weight loss surgery as an extension of her ASP (Advanced Scrub Practitioner) role, where she regularly assists surgeons during operations.  She has been the specialist bariatric nurse at Spire Washington Hospital since 2010.

As part of her role as our specialist nurse, Louise regularly attends our quarterly weight loss surgery support group, and is present throughout the whole patient journey, from initial consultation to final discharge.

Sharon Day
Customer Service adviser


Sharon Day has worked at the hospital for 13 years and has been helping patients as a Customer Service Adviser since 2009.

Sharon is normally the first point of contact for patients enquiring about weight loss surgery, whether she is answering the telephone or replying to emails, she is always talking to patients to give them the the information they need.

Quarterly weight loss groups are also run by Sharon, giving her the chance to meet patients face to face.

To speak to Sharon or a member of the customer service team please call 0191 418 8687 or email on info@spirewashington.com.