Consultant Profile

Mr Tim Batchelor

Mr Tim Batchelor 
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Thoracic surgery
Special clinical interests:

Lung cancer
Minimally-invasive (VATS) lung and mediastinal surgery
Myasthenia gravis (including trans-cervical thymectomy)
Chest wall surgery, including correction of pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum
Enhanced recovery in thoracic surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Honorary Consultant, Southmead Hospital, Bristol
Honorary Consultant, Royal United Hospital Bath

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

British Medical Association
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland
European Association of Thoracic Surgeons

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0117 980 4070
Private secretary:
Chloe Jobling
Private secretary telephone number:
0117 980 4042
Private secretary fax:
0870 875 5910
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Following house jobs in Edinburgh, I undertook basic surgical training at Leeds General Infirmary. I took time out from training to undertake a period of research in smooth muscle cell physiology under the supervision of Professor David Beech at the University of Leeds.

Specialty training in cardiothoracic surgery took place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Yorkshire. I gained my certificate of specialist training in 2007 and was appointed to my present position as a consultant in thoracic surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary shortly afterwards.

Since my appointment, I have introduced the PleurX drain service for pleural effusion management, day-of-surgery admission for elective patients, day case thoracic surgery and advanced minimally invasive techniques. I have also pioneered the use of enhanced recovery in thoracic surgery in the UK. I have been the sub-specialty lead for thoracic surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary since 2008.

At the Spire Hospital Bristol I provide a comprehensive approach to the surgical management of diseases of the chest for private patients. Surgery ranges from diagnostic and staging procedures through to radical treatment. Conditions treated include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lung metastases (usually from colorectal cancer)
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Empyema
  • Mediastinal tumours (e.g. thymoma, neurogenic tumours) and cysts
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Chest wall tumours
  • Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum
  • Chest trauma
  • Palmar hyperhydrosis and facial blushing


 Operations performed include: 

  • Major lung resection (lobectomy, pneumonectomy, segmentectomy, wedge resection)
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy (rigid)
  • Lung biopsy (VATS)
  • Pleural biopsy (VATS)
  • Bullectomy and pleurectomy (VATS)
  • Thymectomy (trans-cervical/VATS)
  • Pectus repair
  • Sympathectomy/sympathicotomy (VATS)

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