Surgeon Norman’s Sunderland stop off

VISIT: Norman Williams President of the Royal College of Surgeons visits Sunderland Royal Hospital.
VISIT: Norman Williams President of the Royal College of Surgeons visits Sunderland Royal Hospital.
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SUNDERLAND Royal Hospital welcomed a high-ranking surgeon for a special visit.

Royal College of Surgeons president Professor Norman Williams was on Wearside for a tour of the hospital’s facilities.

The hospital’s surgical tutor, David Keith, was one of those on hand to greet Sir Norman and provide a tour of the Chester Road facility.

He said: “The visit went very well. The professor was on a fact-finding and listening exercise here in Sunderland.

“He came to look at how involved the hospital is in training its staff and he also spent some time discussing things for the future.

“From a surgeon’s point of view he is the person we all look to for guidance.

“He is influential in matters of policy on how services are structured in the region.”

Professor Williams became president of the college in July.

He is professor of surgery and director of innovation at the Academic Surgical Unit of Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. His main clinical interests are sphincter preservation and reconstructive surgery.

Junior doctors also had a meeting with Professor Williams, in which they were allowed to put across their views and opinions.

Mr Keith added: “From their point of view they are just beginning, so it gives them a bit of an idea about how things may change in the future.

“They all seemed to find it very beneficial that they had the discussion with him.”

Professor Williams has also been visiting the University Hospital of North Durham, Durham City, and the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, while in the North East.

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