Mr Simon Monkhouse
Consultant Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon
MA, MBBChir, PGCME, FRCS
I am a Consultant Weight Loss & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at Spire Gatwick Park private hospital, providing the full range of weight loss surgery and specialist keyhole surgery (hernias, gallbladders and anti-reflux surgery).
I studied at the University of Cambridge and won prizes for academic excellence (top first in my year). I trained in busy bariatric units in Bristol, Newcastle and Taunton and was awarded “Trainee of the Year” for two consecutive years. I was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at East Surrey Hospital in February 2014. I provide a complete weight loss surgical service including gastric balloon, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Our weight loss balloon service at Spire Gatwick Park is the only UK accredited centre of excellence for the procedure, one of only six worldwide.
I lead the multidisciplinary weight loss surgery team comprised of specialist nurses (Molly and Sarah), a dietitian (Lucy Jones) and a psychotherapist (Sarah Wrigglesworth) and I strongly believe that this team approach offers the best outcome for patients. Lifelong support is offered for all our patients and my results are routinely entered onto a national database. I am immensely proud of the weight loss surgery outcomes that we achieve at Spire Gatwick Park.
I am widely published in the keyhole surgery field and most recently won a national prize at The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain meeting. I have a particular interest in patient safety and designed a national protocol for emergency doctors to look after post-operative patients. I also created a national training programme for trainee bariatric surgeons which is now in its fifth year and has received international accreditation.
I offer gallstone and hernia surgery, both in the emergency and planned settings. Hernia surgery is preferably keyhole and benefits of this approach over open surgery are a quicker recovery and less pain.
Patient experience and excellent outcomes are what drives me. I was awarded the “Your Care Matters” award by my NHS Trust in 2015 for consistent high standards and high levels of patient satisfaction. I collect patient feedback via www.iwantgreatcare.org/doctors/mr-simon-monkhouse. This is important to allow me to reflect on my offering and put the patient at the centre of their care pathway. I have regular weekly operating lists and clinics at Spire Gatwick Park and can provide ad-hoc appointments to suit the requirements of the patient.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Simon Monkhouse at Spire include:
MA / University of Cambridge / 2003
Additional research degree
MBBCHIR / University of Cambridge / 2001
Primary medical degree
PGCME / University of Bristol / 2010
Educational and teaching qualification
FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2012
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity
I have a young family with two energetic boys and we enjoy walking and exploring the Surrey countryside.