Dr Anna Donaldson
Consultant Respiratory Physician
MBBS, MRCP, PhD
As a respiratory consultant, I always ensure my patients get a comprehensive diagnosis for their symptoms through carrying out a detailed review and diagnostic work-up. This involves complex lung function tests to assess any physiological impairment combined with radiological investigations such as a chest X-ray or CT scan.
I look after a wide variety of respiratory patients. These include patients with general respiratory complaints such as cough and shortness of breath; airways disease such as asthma or COPD; and respiratory infections (including tuberculosis).
I have particular expertise in ILD, which includes amongst others pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), sarcoidosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and connective tissue disease-related ILD. Patients who have ILD and related diseases often require cross-speciality management which means I work closely with colleagues from other specialties such as rheumatology to deliver high quality joined-up care.
My undergraduate and specialist training took place in London: this included time at Harefield Hospital as part of the Transplant Team and working alongside world-leading specialists in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) at The Royal Brompton Hospital. Towards the end of my training, I completed a PhD in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This allowed me to study COPD and the underlying molecular mechanisms of the disease in greater detail at a specialist tertiary referral centre and learn more about holistic care of this disease beyond inhalers. I moved to Hampshire and started as a consultant in 2015
I have an interest in medical ethics and sit on the Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. The aim of the committee is to assist with clinical decision making and reach consensus as to a possible best way forward. I am the clinical lead of the Tuberculosis Service.
I am committed to ongoing learning and training which means I manage patients in accordance with current best practice. I focus on building a good doctor-patient relationship and am known for my empathetic and approachable manner. This is essential for developing trust and achieving the optimal clinical outcome for my patients.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Anna Donaldson at Spire include:
COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service at Spire Portsmouth Hospital.
BSc / Imperial College London / 2000
Neuroscience BSc, First Class Honours
MBBS / Imperial College London / 2003
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MRCP / Royal College of Physicians / 2006
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians
I am the departmental lead for the Tuberculosis service at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.
I sit on the Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.
I completed my PhD on COPD at Imperial College London in 2015. It was funded by the NIHR Respiratory Disease Biomedical Research Unit at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College London. Work undertaken as part of my PhD Thesis entitled "Circulating microRNA in COPD" has been published in peer-reviewed journals (for example ERJ and Thorax) and abstracts which I have presented at international meetings (ERS and BTS).
Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine and General Medicine, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
I live in a rural part of Hampshire with my husband, two energetic sons, five sheep, three chickens and two dogs.