All our consultants are fully qualified and GMC registered medical doctors with specialist training in anaesthesia. They are all NHS consultants based at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
Dr Jonathan Anns MBBS, BSc, FRCA, FFPMRCA, EDRA
Dr Anns trained at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, qualifying in 1998. He undertook his anaesthetic training in Wessex and Bristol. He spent a year gaining further anaesthetic experience at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto, Canada under taking a fellowship in Regional Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine. He passed the European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia in 2009. He was appointed as an Anaesthetic Consultant at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in 2011, where his specialities include ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and orthopaedic surgery. Currently, he is the trauma lead at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
Dr Stuart Batistich MBBS, FRCA, PG Dip Echo
Dr Batistich was born in Australia and trained at Monash Medical School in Melbourne, before moving to England and under going his anaesthetic training in the Wessex Deanery. He gained further anaesthetic experience as a fellow at the Alfred hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne in 2006. He has been a consultant at Winchester since 2009 and his specialities include ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia for both general and orthopaedic surgery. He is currently the lead consultant for regional anaesthesia at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
Dr John Criswell MB CHB, FRCA, FFICM
Dr Criswell grew up in Scotland and trained at Aberdeen University medical school. He trained in anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine in Bristol and Oxford before being appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in 1995.
Dr Simon Deacock MB BS, DA, FRCA
Dr Deacock trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. He spent one year in Auckland New Zealand gaining further experience in anaesthesia for vascular, cardiac and thoracic surgery as well as Intensive Care. He has been a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Intensive Care Medicine since 1997 as well as being a Vascular Anaesthetist. He has been College Tutor for the last 6 years with responsibility for teaching and appraisal of trainee anaesthetists.
Dr Philip Dodd MB BS, BSc, FRCA
After graduation from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, Dr Dodd gained his training in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine based at St Georges’ Hospital, London. After a period in Perth, Australia as a Research Fellow and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, he took up his current post in Winchester. He is Lead Clinician for the NHS Day Surgery Treatment Centre.
Dr Caroline Fairley MB BS, FRCA
Caroline Fairley trained at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, and after graduation, underwent anaesthetic training in London and the South West Thames Region. She has been an NHS consultant for 11 years. Despite family commitments, she maintains a full time position in the NHS providing anaesthesia for all major specialties, and is currently Clinical Lead and Chairman of the Department of Anaesthesia.
Dr Arthur Goldsmith MBChB, MRCP, FRCA, FFICM
Dr Irina Grecu MBBS, PhD, AFRCA, AFICM, EDIC
Before moving to the UK in 2010, Dr Grecu completed her medical university studies and postgraduate training in both Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Bucharest, Romania, where she also worked as a substantive consultant for over 5 years in a big academic, trauma and emergency hospital. After working for a period as locum consultant at University College London Hospital, she joined the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust and has been a substantive consultant since 2015, covering flexibly most anaesthetic lists and ICU.
Her main interest is clinical nutrition; she holds a PhD in peri-operative nutrition and is a recognised international expert in the field. At present, she is the local tutor of the Faculty of Intensive Care and the research lead for Anaesthetics & ICU at Royal Winchester hospital.
Dr Tom Peck MB BS, BSc, FRCA
Dr Tom Peck qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1992. His anaesthetic training was based in Wessex and the Channel Islands and concluded with a fellowship in Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA doing transplant and major vascular anaesthesia. He continues his speciality interest in vascular anaesthesia holding an honorary contract at the University Hospital, Southampton.
His other speciality interest is total intravenous anaesthesia and he has developed the Wessex total intravenous training course. He is the lead author of a best selling undergraduate anaesthetic pharmacology textbook and has created online educational material for trainee anaesthetists. He lectures on the Wessex primary and final FRCA courses.
Dr Richard Thomas MB BS, FRCA, FFICM
Dr Thomas trained at the St Mary’s Hospital, London, qualifying in 1991. He joined the Royal Navy whilst at medical school and served a total of 12 years in uniform. Whilst in the Navy he saw the world, trained in anaesthesia & intensive care medicine, participated enthusiastically in every sport available and eventually settled down with Wendy to be the proud father of 3 wonderful children. He was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Winchester in 2003. He has special interests in intensive care medicine, paediatric anaesthesia and in preventing sickness after anaesthesia.
Dr Stephen Townley BSc, MBBCh, MRCP, FRCA
Dr Townley, born in Liverpool, studied Medicine at the University Of Wales, College of Medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1993. He trained as an Anaesthetist in Wessex and Perth, Western Australia becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2002. He runs the pre-operative assessment clinic at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital where he has worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist since 2005.
Dr Arun Venkataraju MB BS, MD, FRCA, EDRA
Dr Venkataraju completed his medical training from the Madras Medical College, Chennai (2001) and his MD in Anaesthesia from one of the most prestigious medical universities in India, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi (2004). He moved to the UK in 2006, and completed his anaesthetic training in Manchester. He holds advanced training in Paediatric & Regional anaesthesia and completed his European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) in 2012.
He was appointed as a consultant in Anaesthesia, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Basingstoke & Winchester in 2014 and is currently the lead for elective paediatric anaesthesia services at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester. He is faculty in numerous regional anaesthesia courses in the UK and a honorary lecturer on the MSc Regional Anaesthesia, University of East Anglia.
Dr Geoff Watson MB BS, DA, DipMedEd, FRCA
Hailing from the West country, Geoff studied medicine at the London Hospital and then returned to the West for postgraduate training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, with additional time gaining advanced training in intensive care. Geoff has a special interest in improvement and leadership and has held positions in local, regional, national and international organisations. He spent 18 months commissioning a new hospital in Hong Kong.
Appointed consultant in 2001, Geoff maintains a full time clinical practice in anaesthesia and intensive care and has a particular interest in improving the wellbeing of patients before and after surgery.
Dr Stephen Wimbush MBChB, FRCA, DICM(UK), CertMedEd
Dr Wimbush completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Cape Town in 1995 before moving to the UK in 1998. He worked in Truro and Exeter before completing his postgraduate training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Bristol. He has advanced training in both Intensive Care Medicine and Paediatric Anaesthesia and in 2005 obtained his Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine.
His main academic interest outside anaesthesia is in medical education. He obtained a Certificate in Medical Education from Bristol University in 2006 and is currently an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. After spending a little over a year as a consultant in Bristol, he was appointed as a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in 2007 and is currently the Clinical Lead for Intensive Care at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.