Consultant Profile

Mr Duncan Irons

Mr Duncan Irons MBBS, MD, FRCOG
Practicing at:
Spire Washington Hospital
  • Gynaecology and/or Obstetrics
    • Endometriosis
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Menopause
    • Menorrhagia
    • Prolapse
    • Urogynaecology
Special clinical interests:


Current NHS and /or university posts:

Clinical Director of Obstetrics & Gynaecology/Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, University Hospital North Durham

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

Awarded Membership of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1992
Member of British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy: regular attendee at national and international meetings
Reviewer NICE Guidelines
Member of International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
Awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2004

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0191 4188636
Private secretary:
Louise Dobson
Private secretary telephone number:
0191 4151272 x 2220
Private secretary email address:
Monday evening, Wednesday afternoon/evening.
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Senior Consultant Gynaecologist, University Hospital of North Durham.

Mr Irons is the senior consultant gynaecologist for the treatment of menorrhagia, endometriosis and prolapse and incontinence.

New Treatments

Novasure endometrial ablation for heavy periods (menorrhagia).
Mr Irons introduced Novasure ablation to Spire Washington Hospital three years ago.  Novasure is a day case treatment which can be undertaken without a general anaesthetic.  Patients experience minimal pain.  Following the treatment 50% of women never have another period, the remaining 50% have very, very light periods.

Mr Irons has treated over 250 women with excellent results and no complications to date.

Helica laser treatment for endometriosis
Mr Irons introduced Helica to the Spire Washington Hospital five years ago.  Helica is a very fine beam of helium which vaporises endometriosis. It is a very safe technique as the depth of treatment can be controlled. Mr Irons has treated over 200 women with a consistent 80% reduction in pelvic pain, pain on intercourse and painful periods.  Helica is performed in conjunction with a laparoscopy and requires a general anaesthetic.  Over 90% of cases would be undertaken as a day case.

Sacrospinous fixation for treatment of prolapse
Sacrospinous fixation is a technique of particular value for prolapse in younger women or large / recurrent prolapse.  Mr Irons has undertaken over 100 cases with no complications to date.

Transobturator tape for incontinence

This is a day case procedure for female incontinence.  It works immediately and women can return to a normal pattern of work / exercise within a week.  Mr Irons has undertaken over 50 cases with no significant complications and to date 95% success rate.

Mr Irons takes great pride in his clinical and operating practice, and focuses on listening to each patient as an individual and meticulous attention to detail when operating. 

Personal profile:

Mr Irons has been happily married for 25 years and has four children. His interests outside of work are golf, sailing and most importantly his family.

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Mr Duncan Irons

Mr Duncan Irons Gynaecology and/or Obstetrics Consultant, Washington, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, private hospital specialist.

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