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North Cumbria Hospitals Trust welcomes new consultants to the team

Posted on Tuesday 2nd February 2016
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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed more permanent consultants to its senior medical team in recent weeks.

Dr Tom Sams has joined the Trust as consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care, working at both West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary. He trained in Sheffield and the North East but was keen to settle in Cumbria. “I was really pleased to take up this post, having worked for the Trust before as a registrar,” he said. “Most of my consultant work involves providing intensive care cover across the Trust.”

Dr Katie Poulton, also began working for the Trust earlier last year, becoming the first acute care physician to be based at West Cumberland Hospital. She explained what her role entails: “I look after medically unwell adults in the first 72 hours of admission after they come through A&E. Patients may have conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or an infection and my job is stabilise them, initiate treatment and make a plan for their care. Acute Care is a relatively new area to specialise in so this is an exciting development for West Cumberland Hospital.”

Originally from Cockermouth, Dr Poulton did some of her registrar training with the Trust and is really pleased to be back in Cumbria.

Dr Olaniyi Kehinde has joined the Trust as a paediatric consultant, based at the Cumberland Infirmary. He has worked across England and Scotland and completed paediatric specialist training in the South East Scotland Deanery (Edinburgh).

Dr Kehinde, who has a special interest in childhood epilepsy, explained what attracted him to North Cumbria. “This Trust is currently undergoing significant changes aimed at enhancing the delivery of high quality care and improvement of overall patient experience,” he said. “It is therefore an exciting time to join a forward-looking organisation and be part of a team of professionals working together to ensure sustained quality improvement of children’s healthcare in Cumbria.”

Another recent recruit is Dr Almudena Cascales, consultant clinical oncologist. Her areas of specialist interest are urology, lung and breast cancer and she is keen to look at patient pathways, ensuring patients get the specialist care they need as soon as possible. Originally from Madrid, Dr Cascales has also worked at the prestigious Institut Gustave Roussy, a large specialist oncology centre near Paris, and was keen to take up a permanent post in the UK due to the high standard of research activity here. “I was keen to take up a substantive post to enable me to develop my skills, and also develop the hospital’s services as well,” she explained.

Other appointments to the Trust include:

  • Consultant in respiratory medicine Dr John Atkinson
  • Consultant cardiologist Dr Jacek Majewski
  • Consultant anaesthetist Dr Kaled El-Nagar
  • Consultant anaesthetist Dr Rod Harpin
  • Consultant paediatrician Dr Shahul Sikkander Shaw
  • Consultant histopathologist Dr Susan Davies
  • Consultant urologist Mr Matthieu Bordenave

Dr Derek Thomson, medical director at the Trust, said: “Although we are still facing some real recruitment challenges, it is very encouraging to have welcomed new medical talent to our hospitals. We are continuing to work extremely hard to attract more clinical staff to join us and are addressing this as part of our work with the Success Regime.”