Mr Nigel Hall
Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon
BA, BM BCh, FRCS(Gen), DM
"Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital offers all the necessary elements to provide a high quality service to patients. All the staff strive to give their best to the patients."
I have been a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon in Cambridge for over 15 years and have helped to develop a high class service for patients in both the public and private health sectors. Caring for patients with bowel complaints requires a broad knowledge of medicine as well as surgery and I hope to provide a sympathetic understanding for a wide range of complaints from haemorrhoids to cancer.
I specialise in bowel disorders of all types - for example rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habit, anal symptoms, abdominal pain, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, incontinence and bowel cancer. I have an interest in screening using colonoscopy to reduce the risk of cancer, and have a research background in the genetics of colorectal cancer. I also have a wealth of experience in treating hernias - of the groin, around the belly button and around stomas, as well as hernias that occur in surgical wounds. If you have an abdominal or anal complaint I will ask you about your symptoms, perform an examination if appropriate and then arrange any necessary tests before making recommendations about treatment.
For surgical procedures I am able to offer the full range of options of open, laparoscopic (keyhole) and endoscopic surgery. Many procedures can be done as daycases under sedation or a brief anaesthetic.
Each operation or procedure is tailored to the individual circumstances. I have performed hundreds of anorectal procedures, several hundred cancer operations and several thousand colonoscopies over my career. I started performing laparoscopic surgery over 10 years ago and this is now a major part of my practice, enabling often quite major procedures to be performed with less insult to the body and therefore a faster and safer recovery.
I have joined a group with three other Colorectal Surgeons - the Cambridge Bowel Clinic. This enables us to offer a comprehensive service to our patients with regular clinics and operating, and builds on all our individual strengths.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nigel Hall at Spire include:
BA / University of Oxford / 1982
Bachelor of Arts, Physiological Sciences
BM BCh / University of Oxford / 1985
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRCS / England / 1989
Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
DM / Oxford / 1996
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Royal Society of Medicine
British Medical Association
Clinical Lead for the Colorectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) at Addenbrooke's Hospital
Clinical Lead for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme which covers a wider geographical area extending to West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow
Deputy Chair of the Cancer Board at Addenbrooke's Hospital
I have published many articles over the last 25 years. The themes of these include the genetics of bowel cancer, bowel cancer surgery, diverticular disease, large bowel obstruction, haemorrhoids and anal fistulas. I am most proud of the work I did for my doctoral thesis which led to the identification of two genes for a hereditary cancer condition known as Lynch Syndrome.
Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
Associate Lecturer, University of Cambridge
Work takes up most of my time, but much of my relaxation revolves around music - I enjoy singing in a small choir and a number of ad hoc groups; I also enjoy opera and the arts in general.