Consultant Profile

Mr Richard Penketh

Mr Richard Penketh BSc - Bachelor of Science MB BS - Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Science
MD - Doctor of Medicine
MRCOG - Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians &
Practicing at:
Spire Cardiff Hospital
  • Gynaecology and/or Obstetrics
    • Endometriosis
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Menstrual Disorders
    • Prolapse
Special clinical interests:

Pelvic pain and endometriosis disease 
Recto-vaginal disease     
Menstrual disorders
Laparoscopic cervical circlage
Premenstrual syndrome 
Operative hysteroscopy
Advanced laparoscopic surgery
Operative hysteroscopy (including under local anaesthetic) 
ESSure sterilisation.

Research interests:

Adhesion prevention advanced techniques for laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Placental genetics and stem cell transplantation to treat Parkinson’s disease (NHS collaborations with Cardiff University).

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Gynaecologist, Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust

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

British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy
British Fertility Society
Endo UK professional member
America Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists 
I am an invited external assessor for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 
Member of Welsh Medical Committee

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
029 2073 6011
Private secretary:
Rachel Howells
Private secretary telephone number:
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I started as a consultant in 1996 after a very broad training in Gynaecology and infertility. I had a long apprenticeship in minimal access (keyhole) surgery covering all aspects. I am particularly interested in endometriosis surgery and excise of the disease.  Often this surgery is very difficult and requires care and extreme patience if a good result is to be obtained with a low complication rate.  I regularly attend international meetings and benchmark the Cardiff teams activity against the world leaders techniques. 

Cardiff is currently recognized as a British Society for Gynecological Endoscopy Endometriosis Centre and we have a UK wide appointed senior trainee.

I offer hysterectomy by the vaginal route in the majority of cases (no scars) and am currently recognized by the AAGL as a tutor for this approach to hysterectomy.
I endeavor to treat fibroids conservatively removing them either with the hysteroscope or laparoscope.

Together with my colleague professor Amso I offer a service for laparoscopic reversal of sterilization following the Charles Koh Technique .

I also have an interest in the psychological aspects of Gynaecology including difficulties with intercourse. My main interest in pre-menstrual syndrome covers all aspects of management particularly in severe cases. I have helped to develop an online symptom tracking tool   www.timeformedcine .com

I try to offer a range of treatment options and involve the patient in her management plan, after she has gained an understanding of the benefits and disadvantages or risks of each potential treatment. I try to be objective and honest.

Invited speaker and faculty member ESGE 2011,  AAGL 2011, BSGE Cardiff 2012, AAGL Bucharest 2012 and Las Vegas 2012.

Personal profile:

Interests outside medicine include DIY, plumbing and woodwork, I am often found underneath a car.
I am a keen sailor and am a member of Cardiff Bay Yacht Club. I own a dingy and a share in a 30 footer Gatsby which races successfully in the CBYC series.

I obtained my private pilot's license.

I have three sons and a daughter: one son has followed me into medicine, one is an engineer, and one is reading physics. My daughter is a keen sailor and is in primary school.

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Mr Richard Penketh

Mr Richard Penketh Consultant Gynaecologist at Spire Cardiff Hospital Wales specialises in pelvic pain, endometriosis, general gynaecology

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