Consultant Profile

Mr John Richard Novell

Mr John Richard Novell MA, MChir, FRCS
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • General surgery
    • Colonoscopy
    • Coloproctology
    • Endoscopy
    • Hernia repair surgery
    • Minimal access surgery
Special clinical interests:
Coloproctology, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy
Research interests:
Crohns disease, colorectal cancer, rectal prolapse
Current NHS and /or university posts:
Consultant General Surgeon, The Royal Free Hospital
Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
Member of Council , Section of Coloproctology, Royal Society of Medicine
Member of Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons
Member of Association of Coloproctology of GB & Ireland
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary:
Suzanne Johnson
Private secretary telephone number:
07950 829172
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:
Mr Novell qualified in 1981 following undergraduate training at Cambridge University and the Middlesex Hospital, London, and gained much of his surgical experience at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

In 1992 he was awarded the degree of Master of Surgery from Cambridge University for his thesis on the treatment of liver tumours. In 1994 Mr Novell was appointed Consultant Surgeon to the Luton & Dunstable and Spire Harpenden Hospitals and in 2006 he moved to The Royal Free Hospital in London.

Approximately 75 per cent of his patients have a bowel disorder. In addition to diagnostic and screening colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy for patients with suspected colorectal cancer, he also performs gastroscopy and laparoscopic gall bladder surgery.

At the Royal Free, he works in close co-operation with a team of surgeons and oncologists treating approximately 120 new colorectal cancers every year and is able to offer restorative surgery to many patients with rectal cancer without the need for a permanent colostomy.

During his career Mr Novell has published and presented on a variety of conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, liver tumours and rectal prolapse.

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Mr John Richard Novell

Mr John Richard Novell General surgery Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

"Mr Novell was excellent.  Always approachable and allayed any concerns or worries I had from initial consultation to procedure."

"Mr Novell and his team's treatment of me were all excellent.  All information imparted clearly."

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