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More new consultants join the team

Posted on Wednesday 26th November 2014
Dr Alistair Miller

Dr Alastair Miller

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is continuing to strengthen its senior medical team with the appointment of more permanent consultants.

Mr Des O’Callaghan has begun work at West Cumberland Hospital as a permanent consultant surgeon. His main focus will be day case surgery, including laparoscopic (keyhole) gall bladder surgery, and endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy. Mr O’Callaghan worked at the hospital for five years until 2010, and was actually responsible for introducing laparoscopic bowel surgery to Cumbria nine years ago. He is very excited to return to Whitehaven and work in the redeveloped hospital, which will house seven state-of-the-art operating theatres.

He said: “I am very pleased to be back at West Cumberland Hospital and really looking forward to moving into the new hospital, which will have seven operating theatres, including one purpose built for minor operations. The endoscopy suite will be state of the art so I think it will be fantastic.”

Consultant Paediatrician Dr Manjunath Kambalimath, whose areas of special interest are paediatric epilepsy and diabetes, has taken up a position at the Cumberland Infirmary. He came to the UK in 2003, after graduating in India and undertaking postgraduate training in Paediatrics in Mumbai. He worked in various hospitals around the country and completed the Northern deanery training in Paediatrics.

Dr Kambalimath said: “Being in Cumbria will provide me with access to this beautiful part of the country, allowing me to take part in lots of activities in the Lake District. I am delighted to be a part of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, which is going through exciting times. I look forward to developing and enhancing services for the children in Cumbria.”

Consultant physician Dr Alastair Miller has also joined the Trust, working one day a week on the emergency assessment unit (Larch A/B) as an acute care physician. Dr Miller was born in Cumbria and has returned to the area after a career which has seen him working most recently in Liverpool, and previously in Birmingham, Worcester, and as a consultant and Professor of Medicine in the Royal Navy. He also holds the position of deputy medical director of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, which is responsible for the monitoring of medical training in the UK. He said: “My work there is very much involved in high level strategy, so this is a good opportunity to work alongside junior doctors and see them training ‘on the ground’.”

Dr Miller’s appointment will enable another physician to provide cover at West Cumberland Hospital one day a week, and another full time acute care physician has been recruited to work full time in Whitehaven, starting in early 2015.

Other appointments include:

  • Consultant breast radiologist Dr Lekha Potti
  • Consultant microbiologist Dr Suryabrata Banerjee
  • Consultant chemical pathologist Dr Ahai Luvai