Mr Simon Bailey
Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon
BSc (Hons), MB BS, MSc, FRCS, FRCS (Gen Surg)
I am a General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon specialising in all forms of endoscopy, general and complex benign/cancer surgery. As well as colorectal surgery, I offer day case minimally invasive hernia surgery, keyhole gallbladder surgery, all forms of endoscopy and surgery for all types of lumps and bumps. My other areas of special interest include day case haemorrhoid surgery, including the HALO and Rafaelo procedures.
I was appointed to the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in April 2006 as a Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon. I graduated from Guys and St Thomas Hospital in 1995, having gained Bachelor of Science Degree in Basic Medical Sciences and Biochemistry and Honours in Surgery at the final MB examination. After an initial surgical rotation as an SHO at Guys and Thomas for four years I was appointed to the South East Thames SpR rotation.
I worked at the Kent and Sussex, Maidstone Hospital, King's College and University Hospital, Lewisham, before embarking on a Masters degree. After completing my thesis on Day Case Doppler Guided Haemorrhoid Artery Ligation I gained an inter-deanery transfer to the Wessex region to further my training at the Pelican Centre in Basingstoke. I worked for Prof. Bill Heald and Mr Myrrdin Rees, receiving specialist tuition in complex pelvic surgery and liver resections. After passing the third part of FRCS I worked as the Senior Registrar at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
I then completed a laparoscopic fellowship at The Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester with Mr A Miles and Mr R H S Lane. Since my appointment, I have overseen the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery within the Trust. The unit now acts as the tertiary referral unit for complex colorectal surgery in Kent and East Sussex. I have also developed an enhanced recovery after surgery programme that reduces the length of hospital stay and has been recognised nationally.
I am also interested in the management of early rectal cancers and have introduced Transanal Microscopic Surgery to Kent. I have been Director of Surgery for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. I am the Royal College of Surgeons Tutor for Surgery and the Deputy Lead for the Colorectal Multidisciplinary Team. I am also the lead Salvage surgeon for anal cancer in the South East region.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Simon Bailey at Spire include:
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Royal College of Surgeons of England
Royal Society Of Medicine
Association of Surgeons of GB+I
Medical Defence Union
Hospital Consultants and Specialist Association
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons
Enhanced recovery after surgery, virtual colonoscopy, laparoscopic colonic resections.
I am married with three children; I enjoy rugby, cricket, classic cars and hill walking.