Consultant Profile

Dr Richard Ashford

Dr Richard Ashford MA, MB BCh, FRCP, FRCR, DMRT
Practicing at:
Spire Bushey Hospital
  • Oncology
    • Breast disease
Special clinical interests:

Breast cancer

Research interests:

Chemotherapy of breast cancer

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Mount Vernon Hospital (Honary)

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

British Association of Surgical Oncologists
European Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncologists

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
020 8901 5555
Private secretary telephone number:
01442 832207
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I trained in general medicine and spent two years as a senior registrar in clinical oncology and therapeutics. I am a fully accredited general physician and medical oncologist as well as having undergone training in clinical oncology and holding the FRCR.

I took up my consultant post in 1984 and have since provided a general oncology service to Watford General Hospital. I initially also worked at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. In 1989 I moved to Slough to provide a similar service. From 2005 to 2009 I was Clinical Director of the Windsor Breast Diagnostic Service where I was responsible for the ongoing development of the breast unit and managing the team. We are a screening as well as a diagnostic service. I retired from the NHS in December 2012 but still hold an honorary contract at Mount Vernon Hospital.

I believe the future of the speciality lies in greater site specialisation and cooperation with other colleagues in other disciplines working on the same disease through multi-disciplinary team working. In the last few years I have increasingly specialised in breast cancer, but still see patients with other disease sites at the specific request of colleagues.

All patients with breast cancer that I see will have received full multi-disciplinary team assessment. Multi-disciplinary meetings are held weekly with the breast surgeons, radiologists and pathologists with whom I work closely.

Personal profile:

I have a variety of interests outside medicine, most notably antiques, furniture, clocks, paintings and pop memorabilia. I am a keen gardener and we open our garden for the National Garden Scheme in July. I am also a keen runner and completed my third London Marathon in 2003. I am a keen butterfly and moth photographer and am a member of the Butterfly Conservation.

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Dr Richard Ashford

Dr Richard Ashford Oncology Consultant, Bushey, Watford, private hospital specialist.

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