Mr Rob Bethune has had a significant role in improving the delivery of health care services. After spending a year as a surgeon in a rural mission hospital in Zambia he took time out of his surgical training to work as a manager at the South West Strategic Health Authority. During this year he worked on a 17 hospital safety collaborative improving the standards of peri-operative care. He continues this role with the South West Academic Health Science Network as the clinical lead for the new safety collaborative.
He is also involved in developing the non-technical skills (human factors) of trainee surgeons as well as his colleagues; after publishing his master’s thesis on pre-operative briefings and debriefings. He was on the UK Department of Health Human Factors steering group. He has published widely on patient safety, human factors and quality improvement.
I was put at ease so much by Rob and his team. They really cared and listened to me, gave me all the answers to the questions I asked. They discussed my recovery in front of me and included me in the discussion. Well done and a big thank you
I recently underwent an inguinal hernia repair and throughout I received excellent consultation, surgery and followup care. Everything was explained to me in a very professional and helpful manner. Mr Bethune carefully dealt with any questions and concerns and at no time did I feel worried about the procedure. My after care was second to none and Mr Bethune even arranged an interim consultation to deal with a minor concern. I have now had my final check up and all is well. I would recommend his care without hesitation.
I had a private consultation with Mr Bethune which was extremely helpful, not only because it gave me a clear way forward, but also because he took time to explain properly both the problem and the solution.
Clearly an expert professional, and a very polite and friendly manner as well, which does help to put you at your ease. I would certainly recommend him.
Rob Bethune is a Colo-rectal consultant surgeon. Outside of private practice, he works at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and is a Clinical Advisor for the South West Patient Safety Collaborative. He is a primarily a laparoscopic and hernia surgeon as well as dealing with the surgical side of inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer. He performs colonoscopy as well as dealing with haemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome.