Consultant Profile

Dr Richard Heames

Dr Richard Heames B.M
Practicing at:
Spire Southampton Hospital
  • Anaesthetics
    Special clinical interests:
    Major General
    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
    Royal College of Anaesthetists
    Association of Anaesthetists of Breat Britain & Ireland
    British Medical Association
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:
    I have received supervised training in all general, regional and local anaesthetic techniques and have gained experience in providing anaesthesia for elective and emergency general surgery, orthopaedics and trauma,plastics, maxillofacial surgery, dental, ENT, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, day case surgery, renal and neurosciences.

    Intensive care experience has ranged from units of 4 beds to those with 11 beds and has encompassed general, neurosciences,cardiothoracic and surgical subspecialities. I have gained skills in line placement, percutaneous tracheostomies and in supportive therapies, including haemofiltration techniques, ventilatory support and use of inotropes. I have become proficient in the transfer of critically ill patients following the AAGBI guidelines.

    The hospitals I have worked in have had excellent diagnostic imaging facilities and I have gained experience in managing patients in the Radiology Department of CT and MRI scanning.

    I have been involved in providing an Acute Pain Service, regularly managing the daily Acute Pain Ward Rounds and have experience in techniques for post-operative pain relief, including PCAs, epidurals,PCEAs and nerve blockade. I have completed training in Chronic Pain and I have carried out a variety of chronic pain procedures in theatre under supervision.

    Durning the course of my training I have always taken every opportunity to develop my interest in major general anaesthesia and have actively sought education from those consultants who are experts in this area. The result of this has made me both confident and competent in anaesthetising for both upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery including oesophagogastrectomies, Whipple's operation and a full range of large and small bowel resections. Skills developed have allowed me to appropriately manage aspects of patient care including: pre-optimisation,invasive monitoring, use of epidurals and managing major fluid shifts and blood loss.

    Personal profile:
    I am very much a family man and enjoy taking my family on weekend camping trips during the warmer months. I like to indulge my interests worldwide travel and the theatre, whenever the chance arises. I have pursued my interest in wine by purchasing a row of Shiraz vines in South Africa but prefer drinking it rather than discussing its merits.

    I am interested in all sports and partake regularly in jogging, including charity fun runs up to 10 miles. I like racket sports especially tennis doubles and squash where I played for the university team. Other sports I participate in are golf, which is forever a frustrating challenge, and more recently gliding. I am passionate about skiing which has necessitated at least an annual trip for the last 25 years.

    I enjoy living by an being on the water and have become a competent windsurfer and a keen yachtsman with a RYA Day Skipper qualification and racing experience.

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    Dr Richard Heames

    Dr Richard Heames Anaesthetics Consultant, Southampton, Hampshire, private hospital specialist.

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