Dr Robert Mead
BPharm (Hons), MBBS, MD
In the last year before taking up my consultant post in the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust I practiced at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, focusing on endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and diarrhoeal illnesses. I have been in my current post over five years with a gastroscopy success rate of 99.9% and colonoscopy success rate of 99.6% in bowel cancer screening patients.
I studied at University College London gaining distinction in my final examination. I was awarded prizes in general academic study, pharmacology and medicine. I initially worked in the Professorial hepatology and gastroenterology unit at the Royal Free Hospital before moving closer to my family in Dorset and Hampshire. While training as a specialist gastroenterologist I spent six years in four national centres of excellence, including Southampton University and Cambridge University hospitals. I researched into the early detection of and surveillance for oesophageal and colorectal cancers becoming an academic Doctor of Medicine in 2013.
Endoscopy has been a long held interest of mine, with fellowships in Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, a national centre of excellence and in Tokyo Japan, a world centre of endoscopic excellence. I have published on endoscopic techniques aimed at improving the quality and comfort of procedures in the upper and lower gut.
I am responsible for teaching endoscopy to gastroenterology trainees and have been a faculty member and lecturer on courses teaching advanced endoscopic techniques.
Spire Harpenden Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Lister Hospital, Stevenage; Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City; Hertford County Hospital, Hertford.
I am a life long learner with three degrees so far and another one underway in education. I use this knowledge in my practice and my approach to work and life.
I have been a keen sportsman playing rugby and cricket, and sailing for many years. I now spend my weekends with family, often watching and coaching my three children playing their rugby, cricket and whilst they sail.