Consultant Profile

Mr Alasdair Crawford Drake

Mr Alasdair Crawford Drake MBBS MA MRCOG
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Gynaecology and/or Obstetrics
    • Colposcopy
    • Endometriosis
    • Gynaecological cancer
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Menopause
    • Menorrhagia
    • Menstrual Disorders
    • Post menopausal problems
    • Prolapse
Special clinical interests:

Colposcopy, gynaecological cancer, hysteroscopy, laparoscopic surgery, minimal access surgery, menorrhagia.

Much of the surgery Mr Drake performs is minimal access including laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis, ovarian cysts and hysterectomy. Many operations can be performed in this way, even after previous surgery, and can bring real benefits to women including faster recovery and lower complications. Mr Drake also performs less invasive treatments for heavy periods (endometrial ablation) and hysteroscopic and vaginal surgery including removal of fibroids.

Mr Drake regularly performs major and radical operations for ovarian, uterine (womb), cervical and vulval cancers. Women are referred to him directly by their GP and many by other gynaecologists. The best outcomes for these conditions are achieved by specialist surgery. He also performs major surgery for non-cancer problems including hysterectomy and more complex benign surgery such as severe endometriosis, huge fibroids or after repeated surgery. The skills he developed as a cancer surgeon really help him to complete these more difficult operations safely.

Mr Drake has 20 years of experience as a colposcopist. He was recognised as an existing specialist when mandatory national accreditation began. He holds regular clinics for the assessment and treatment of abnormal cervical smears. Few women coming to colposcopy will have cervical cancer and need appropriate advice, treatment  and reassurance. Unlike most colposcopists, few of whom are cancer surgeons, He also treats cervical cancer itself.

Research interests:

Mr Drake was a research fellow at Edinburgh University where he worked in the Medical Research Council's Human Genetics Laboratory. He conducted research into genes that may cause cancer of the uterus, particularly in younger women. Mr Drake is very interested in cancer prevention and the proper care of women with BRCA (breast and ovarian cancer) genes or MMR/mismatch repair/HNPCC (bowel, uterine/endometrial, ovarian cancer) genes. He is happy to see women with a family history to help them understand if they are at risk and to arrange tests and surgery to reduce their risk.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynaecological Oncologist East and North Herts NHS Trust
Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynaecological Oncologist West Herts NHS Trust
Clinical Director Gynaecology East and North Herts NHS Trust
Chair of Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Gynaecology Site Specific Group

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

Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Member of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society
Member of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary:
Amanda Laws
Private secretary telephone number:
01582 714472
Private secretary fax:
01582 714463
Private secretary email address:
Mr Drake holds out-patient clinics at Spire Harpenden Hospital on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings and most Saturday mornings
Background Information 
Professional profile:


Mr Alasdair Drake studied medicine at Oxford University then Kings College London. Being in these highly regarded institutions has stood Mr Drake in good stead ever since. He trained in all aspects of gynaecology at the very large hospitals in Portsmouth and Southampton. After accrediting as a consultant Mr Drake went on to higher training as a cancer surgeon at the world famous St James's Hospital in Leeds. Mr Drake is the only surgeon in my area with this training.
His principal areas of expertise are the major surgery and treatment of cancer and “keyhole” surgery. However the surgical and communication skills to do this well are equally applicable to the treatment of all women with gynaecological problems which is far better as a result of his training and experience as a cancer surgeon.

Mr Drake believes that women need total faith in their doctor. This trust requires top class information, choice and support coupled with the highest levels of expertise, surgical skills, outcomes and aftercare. Mr Drake aims to deserve this trust whilst at the same time being kind, approachable, gentle and honest. He gives all his patients the same reassurance, care and attention however big or small their problems may seem.

Mr Drake is a trained facilitator conducting national Advanced Communication Skills courses. He is passionate about excellent communication and gives his patients as much support as possible so he was delighted when asked to train as a facilitator. Both communication and facilitation skills help Mr Drake immensely when talking with women and their families and he believes it makes him a much better doctor for it.

Personal profile:

After work, Mr Drake's interests include: cooking and fine wine; music and opera, houses, gardens and gardening; current affairs and travel.

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Mr Alasdair Crawford Drake

Mr Drake Consultant Gynacological Oncologist

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