Mr Richard Penketh

Mr Richard Penketh

Consultant Gynaecologist

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Penketh at Spire include:

Gynaecology at Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Professional profile

I started as a consultant in 1996 after a very broad training in Gynaecology and infertility. I had a long apprenticeship in minimal access (keyhole) surgery covering all aspects. I am particularly interested in endometriosis surgery and excise of the disease. Often this surgery is very difficult and requires care and extreme patience if a good result is to be obtained with a low complication rate. I regularly attend international meetings and benchmark the Cardiff teams activity against the world leaders techniques.

Cardiff is currently recognized as a British Society for Gynecological Endoscopy Endometriosis Centre and we have a UK wide appointed senior trainee.

I offer hysterectomy by the vaginal route in the majority of cases (no scars) and am currently recognized by the AAGL as a tutor for this approach to hysterectomy.

I endeavor to treat fibroids conservatively removing them either with the hysteroscope or laparoscope.

Together with my colleague professor Amso I offer a service for laparoscopic reversal of sterilization following the Charles Koh Technique.

I also have an interest in the psychological aspects of Gynaecology including difficulties with intercourse. My main interest in pre-menstrual syndrome covers all aspects of management particularly in severe cases. I have helped to develop an online symptom tracking tool:

I try to offer a range of treatment options and involve the patient in her management plan, after she has gained an understanding of the benefits and disadvantages or risks of each potential treatment. I try to be objective and honest.

Clinical Interests

Gynaecology and/or obstetrics
Laparoscopic surgery
Menstrual disorders

Pelvic pain and endometriosis disease, recto-vaginal disease, adhesions, laparoscopic cervical circlage, premenstrual syndrome, operative hysteroscopy, advanced laparoscopic surgery, operative hysteroscopy (including under local anaesthetic), ESSure sterilisation

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy
British Fertility Society
Endo UK professional member
America Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists
I am an invited external assessor for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Gynaecologist, Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust.

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Personal Profile

Interests outside medicine include DIY, plumbing and woodwork, I am often found underneath a car. 
I am a keen sailor and am a member of Cardiff Bay Yacht Club. I own a dingy and a share in a 30 footer Gatsby which races successfully in the CBYC series.

I obtained my private pilot's license.

I have three sons and a daughter: one son has followed me into medicine, one is an engineer, and one is reading physics. My daughter is a keen sailor and is in primary school.

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Private contact details

Telephone 029 2073 6011
Private secretary Rachel Howells
Private secretary email

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