Mr William V Garrett

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    Telephone: 01634 974689

  • Professional profile:

    I specialise in the assessment, investigation, diagnosis and treatment of a range of abdominal conditions but especially gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary (gallstones and gallbladder surgery) and colorectal disorders. I have extensive experience in upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. I am a fully accredited Bowel Cancer Screening Specialist and Clinical Director for the West Kent and Medway Bowel Cancer Screening Service.

    Where a surgical intervention is required, I prefer minimally invasive (keyhole or laparoscopic) approaches wherever possible and have tailored my training to mirror this interest having spent a two year fellowship at the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit at  Guildford. This provided valuable exposure to the latest laparoscopic treatments performed by experts from all over the world. I have frequently demonstrated surgical procedures to junior and senior surgeons during this time

    I have a special interest in hernia surgery and have extensive operative experience of laparoscopic hernia repairs. I co-wrote the submission to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) on behalf of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 2003 which, when taken into consideration with evidence from other organisations, led to a change in the guidance on the use of laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia repair

    Another area of special interest is the diagnosis and management of Colorectal cancer. I previously introduced Bowel Cancer Screening at Medway and was an invited expert to contribute to the development of international guidelines for the management of large colonic polyps.

    Outside work my other interests include sailing, skiing and generally “being outdoors”! I am married with four young children who keep me very busy the rest of the time.

  • Summary:
  • Service:
    Surgical services
  • Specialty Area(s):
    • General surgery
    • Colorectal surgery
    • Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery
    • Endoscopy
    • Bowel cancer screening
  • Professional expertise:
    • Hernia surgery (especially laparoscopic techniques)
    • Gall bladder surgery
    • Endoscopy/Colonoscopy/Bowel Cancer Screening
    • Bowel Cancer Surgery
    • Clinical Director West Kent and Medway Bowel Cancer Screening Program
  • Qualifications:
    • MBBS (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School London)
    • BSc (Hons) (St Mary’s Medical School London)
    • FRCS (England)
    • FRCS General Surgery
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  • Memberships:
    • British Medical Association
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
    • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
    • Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
    • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
    • European Society of Endoscopic Surgeons