Whittington Hospital

The Whittington Hospital is a 500 bedded DGH in Highgate, North London. It is forms one of the 3 hospitals in UCL medical school.
The anaesthetic department supplies anaesthetic services to all areas of the trust.
There are 10 operating theatres; surgery performed includes general, bariatric, colorectal, gynaecology, urology, orthopaedics, spinal surgery and paediatric dental. We have a busy Labour ward with around 3600 deliveries per year.
Anaesthetic staff also provide support to the emergency department, pain management service, pre operative assessment clinic, Intensive care and outreach teams.

Hospital typeGeneral (DGH) Hospital
AddressMagdala Avenue, Archway
N19 5NF
Modules and
Training opportunities 

Bariatric Fellow post - 6 months
Obstetric Fellow post – 6 months

Educational activities

- Departmental meetings, which all members of the department are required to attend, weekly.
- Training and educational afternoons, including audit presentations - monthly.
- Exam preparation - consultant led - weekly in advance of exams.
- Regional anaesthesia teaching - sessions weekly.
- Simulation - in situ training with focus on human factors and technical feedback - approx fortnightly.
- Central School teaching - protected on rota if not on call.
- Grand Round - hospital-wide, weekly.

- Trainee office/rest room in theatres, local library, PCs with internet access, good staff WiFi
- Active Quality Improvement service
- MDT library on site with strong web-based programme
- New hospital education centre and simulation centre opening August 2021
- Active resuscitation service with national training courses

- Numerous teaching opportunities including UCL MBBS modules, FY simulation and MDT training.


1 in 7 rotas for CTs and STs, new contract compliant.
Rota lead - Dr Trudi Young

3 rota lines (1 x SHO, 2 x Reg):

CT2 (and anaesthetics ACCS CT3, ICM and EM placements) rota
- for theatres, acute pain service, emergency calls (including cardiac arrests, trauma, paeds, haemorrhage) and helping in obstetrics

STs/CT3eq/Specialty Doctors
- for theatres, acute pain service, emergency calls (including cardiac arrests, trauma, paeds, haemorrhage) and helping in obstetrics

STs/CT3eq/Specialty Doctors/CTs post IACOA
- first on call for obstetrics, help other team if appropriate

All on call shifts for STs/registrars alternate between theatre and obstetric shifts.

Approximate staffing:-
SHO rota:
- 8-9 CTs/ACCS (rotating to ITU as appropriate)
- 1 ICM
Reg rota:
7-8 STs
6-7 Specialty Doctors

The ICU has a separate resident SHO and Registrar rota comprising a mix of trainees and trust doctors from FY training to senior Specialty Doctors but may not include airway cover, in which case the anaesthetic department support.

Consultant and permanent staff

- Kostas Miltsios – Clinical Lead, QI lead
- Basil Almahdi – Undergraduate lead, Chronic Pain lead
- Christos Angelis – Regional lead
- Katie Batte – College Tutor, Simulation lead, leave coordinator
- Tim Blackburn – Day surgery lead, Equipment lead
- Ahmed Chekairi – Airway lead
- Amila Gunawardhana – Vascular access, regional interest
- Dina Hadi – locum consultant, Obstetric lead
- Samina Ishaq – Chair of Medical Committee, Acute Pain lead
- Mehnaz Khan – Pre-assessment lead
- Amir Landeck – Associate Specialist, lead for ECT
- Denise Lim – Audit Lead
- Thaamharah Mahendrayogam – starting Sept 2021
- Sola Makinde – Associate Medical Director (workforce), Governance lead
- Sotiris Nicholas – Paediatric lead
- Catherine Shaw – Regional Advisor Central School; FRCA examiner
- Sarah Ward – Pre-assessment interest
- Trudi Young – TPD Central School; rota coordinator
- Yuri Zakharchuk – Senior Specialty Doctor
- Ahmad Ziyad – Bariatric lead

-- ICM & Anaesthetic consultants

o Sarah Gillis (clinical lead for ITU)
o Andy Badacsonyi (ICM college tutor)
o Nick Harper
o Tamas Varga

- ICM consultants
o Prof Hugh Montgomery
o Magda Cepkova
o Louise Ma

Further information and contacts

Katherine Batte
College Tutor
Responsible for educational supervision and training.

Trudi Young
School Executive
Senior member of the School.

Less-than-full-time Training Programme Director
Trudi Young
School Executive
Senior member of the School.

TPD for years ST3 to 7
Catherine Shaw
School Executive
Senior member of the School.

Regional advisor


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