Mr Tim Batchelor

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon

MBChB BSc (Hons) MSc FRCS (CTh)

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At the Spire Bristol Hospital I provide a comprehensive approach to the surgical management of diseases of the chest for private patients. Surgery ranges from diagnostic and staging procedures, through to radical treatment. Some include: minimally-invasive (VATS) lung and mediastinal surgery, myasthenia gravis (including trans-cervical thymectomy), chest wall surgery, including correction of pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum and enhanced recovery in thoracic surgery.

Following house jobs in Edinburgh, I undertook basic surgical training at Leeds General Infirmary. I took time out from training to undertake a period of research in smooth muscle cell physiology, under the supervision of Professor David Beech at the University of Leeds.

Specialty training in cardiothoracic surgery took place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Yorkshire. I gained my certificate of specialist training in 2007 and was appointed to my present position as a consultant in thoracic surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary shortly afterwards. Since my appointment, I have introduced the PleurX drain service for pleural effusion management, day-of-surgery admission for elective patients, day case thoracic surgery and advanced minimally invasive techniques. I have also pioneered the use of enhanced recovery in thoracic surgery in the UK. I have been the sub-specialty lead for thoracic surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary since 2008.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Tim Batchelor at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Bullectomy and pleurectomy (VATS)
  • Lung biopsy (VATS)
  • Major lung resection (lobectomy, pneumonectomy, segmentectomy, wedge resection)
  • Mediastinoscopy,Bronchoscopy (rigid)
  • Pleural biopsy (VATS)
  • Sympathectomy/sympathicotomy (VATS)
  • Thymectomy (trans-cervical/VATS)

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Cardiothoracic surgery
Lung cancer
Thoracic surgery

Special clinical interests: Lung metastases (usually from colorectal cancer), Pleural effusion, Pneumothorax, Empyema, Mediastinal tumours (eg thymoma, neurogenic tumours) and cysts, Myasthenia gravis Chest wall tumours, Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum, Chest trauma, Palmar hyperhydrosis and facial blushing.

Current NHS posts

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Honorary Consultant, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Honorary Consultant, Royal United Hospital Bath.

Contact information

Telephone 0117 980 4070
Private secretary Naomi Hopkins
Private secretary telephone 0117 980 4042
Private secretary fax 0870 875 5910
Private secretary email