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Mr Peter Small

Consultant General Surgeon
RD, MD, FRCSEd, BSc

Practising at

Spire Washington Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Peter Small at Spire include:

General surgery at Spire Washington Hospital

Other treatments

Note: Mr Small will only see existing patients, no new appointments.

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Professional profile

I trained in general surgery in Scotland undergoing basic training in and around Edinburgh. My final years were spent in Dundee, one of the founding centres of laparoscopic surgery. I was privileged to train under the guidance of Prof Cuschieri, one of the pioneers of laparoscopic surgery in the UK. I was appointed as the first consultant general surgeon with an upper GI interest to Sunderland Royal Hospital on 1st January 1998 where I introduced laparoscopic surgery for reflux disease and obesity surgery. I have a particular interest in minimal access surgery and was quick to recognise the benefits of keyhole surgery in the management of obesity, establishing a North of England NHS referral service at Sunderland serving a population in excess of 3 million.

I perform laparoscopic gastric banding, bypass and sleeve resection in my NHS practice and carry out over 100 obesity procedures a year. This number continues to grow.

Clinical Interests


Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Obesity surgery

Benign Upper Gastrointestinal disease Laparoscopic Surgery Obesity Surgery Gallstone disease Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease Minimal access surgery

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB ChB / University of Edinburgh / 1982
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons
Council Member of British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons

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Current NHS posts

Consultant General Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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Personal Profile

I am a serving officer in the Royal Naval Reserve having seen service in Iraq and Afghanistan. My other non-medical interest is classical car restoration.

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Private contact details

Telephone 0191 418 8687
Private secretary email emma.joisce@chs.northy.nhs.uk

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