Mr Richard Dickson-Lowe

Mr Richard Dickson-Lowe

Consultant General Surgeon


"The Spire Alexandra is a unique hospital with wonderful staff that are dedicated to patient-centred care."

Specialises in

  • Bowel cancer
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia surgery

I have been a Consultant Surgeon at Medway Maritime NHS Trust since 2020 and am currently the Speciality Lead for General Surgery. My training was undertaken in the South East of England which involved working in many hospitals around the Kent, Surrey and Sussex, which has enabled me to gain a deep understanding of the region and the patients within it. I have an interest in trauma and undertook a trauma fellowship in South Africa in 2017/2018.

I am passionate about decreasing health inequalities and improving healthcare services, like to work hard and I'm dedicated to providing patient-centred care. First and foremost I would like to assess and investigate any abdominal symptoms in order to provide a diagnosis with follow-up advice and treatment in a way that is individual to the patient.

I perform minimally-invasive operations for benign colorectal conditions and colorectal cancer, complex abdominal wall reconstruction for incisional herniae, benign conditions of the anus including fistula-in-ano, fissure-in-ano and haemorrhoids, and general surgical conditions including pilonidal disease, gall bladder disease (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), inguinal herniae and umbilical herniae. I am also a JAG accredited endoscopist for both upper and lower gastrointestinal investigations (OGD and colonoscopy).

I would consider my practice to include a high volume of surgery on a regular basis in the NHS and privately. I perform minimally invasive bowel cancer operations every week and have multiple lists per week for hernia, gall bladder and coloproctology operations.

I have just relinquished the Patient Safety Lead role for General and Colorectal Surgery at Medway Maritime Hospital and have taken up the Audit Lead role. I am the Surgical Lead for General and Colorectal Surgery at Medway Maritime Hospital NHS Trust.

I am the Audit Lead, Trauma Lead and Specialty Lead for General and Colorectal Surgery at Medway Maritime NHS Trust.

I am also in charge of the Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Service at Medway Maritime Hospital NHS Trust.


General Medical Council Number: C7045681

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Dickson-Lowe at Spire include:

Colorectal surgery

General surgery

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Additional information

General surgery
Colorectal surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
Gallstone surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Minimal access surgery

MBChB / University of Warwick / 2009
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB is given to doctors at the beginning of their training

Professional memberships

Medical Protection Society

British Medical Association

Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland

Professional leadership

Surgical Lead for General and Colorectal Surgery at Medway Maritime Hospital


Intraperitoneal Haemorrhage Secondary to Rupture of Right Colic Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Case Report and Literature Review. Cureus. 2023

The development of a rib fracture pathway in a district general hospital to improve patient care. BJS 2022

COVID-19 should be considered as a differential diagnosis for an ‘Acute Abdomen’. South African Gastroenterology Review 2021

Falanga: The clinical correlates of surgical outcomes as a results of foot whipping in a resource poor setting. Injury 2021

Rib fracture fixation as a tool for extubation in a resource-poor environment. BMJ Case Reports 2019

Bishop-Koop jejunostomy in an adult following proximal small bowel anastomotic breakdown. BMJ Case Reports 2018

Alternative Causes of Abdominal Pain Referred To The Surgeons. Foundation Years Journal 2017

Non-operative management of low rectal cancer with complete response to standard neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy (CRT). Colorectal Disease 2016

Massive Mucinous Malignant Cystadenoma – Excision in Toto and Follow up. Clinics in Surgery, 2016

A response to: Laparoscopic enucleation of mesenteric cyst – a video vignette. Colorectal Disease. Colorectal Disease 2016

Intussusception of the vermiform appendix. BMJ Case Reports 2015

Caecal Schwannoma - a rare cause of rectal bleeding in a 72-year-old man. BMJ Case Reports 2014

General Surgery: Colonic Polyps. Core Surgery Journal 2014

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Flexor & Extensor Tendon Repair Rehabilitation. Core Surgery Journal 2014

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: A Guide to Flexor Tendon Injury & Reconstruction. Core Surgery Journal 2013

General Surgery: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Core Surgery Journal 2012

Patient Management: An Emergency Presentation of Acute Angle Closure (AAC). Foundation Years Journal 2012

Cardiothoracic and Critical Care: Inotropes. Core Surgery Journal 2012

Good Clinical Care: DSH in adolescents. Foundation Years Journal 2010

Intraductal Papillary Mucinous (IPMN) tumour of the pancreas with situs inversus totalis – case report with review of literature. Journal of Gastrointestinal cancer 2012

Medway Maritime NHS Trust

When I am not at work I am either spending time with my wife and two children or doing CrossFit.