Dr Simon Wharton

Consultant respiratory and sleep physician

BSc, MBBS, MRCP (London)

Specialises in

I trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London, qualifying in 1992 with a degree in Medicine and a second degree in Sociology and Philosophy. My junior doctor years were spent in Brighton, London, Derby and then Sheffield. I undertook an additional year's training as a Fellow in Intensive Care in Nottingham and was appointed Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Medical High Dependency at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham in 2000. I worked there for 13 years, the first seven years as clinical lead for the Medical High Dependency Unit and became chair and founder member of the Critical Care Specialist Advisory Group to the British Thoracic Society.

In 2009 a short sabbatical at Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center in California gave me a strong interest in Sleep Medicine. In 2014 I moved from Nottingham to Birmingham to become a Respiratory Consultant and Clinical Lead for Sleep Medicine at Heartlands Hospital and have worked there ever since.

I specialise in general respiratory illnesses, in particular the investigation and treatment of persistent coughs and unexplained breathlessness. My sleep interests include sleep apnoea and parasomnias such as narcolpesy, sleepwalking, restless legs, periodic limb movements and REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Simon Wharton at Spire include:

Respiratory medicine

Other treatments

  • Coughs
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Sleep disorders

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Additional information

Respiratory medicine

BSc / University of London / 1989
Bachelor of Science
Sociology as Applied to Medicine, studying great sociologists (Marx, Weber, Durkheim) as well as philosphers of science (Kuhn, Popper, Foucault) and the relationship between their thought and the practice of Medicine.

MBBS / Guy's Hospital, London / 1992
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBBS is a degree given to physicians at the basis of their training.

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians, London / 1995
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
A qualification given to physicians who have demonstrated sufficient skill and knowledge to begin training to become a consultant.

Professional memberships

British Thoracic Society

European Respiratory Society

British Sleep Society

Professional leadership

Sleep Medicine lead at Heartlands and Good Hope Hospital

Heartlands Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham.

Telephone 0121 704 5530
Private secretary Kelle Trivett
Private secretary telephone 0121 704 7622
Private secretary email kelle.trivett@spirehealthcare.com