Dr Kate Cheesman has joined the Medical Specialist Group to fill a new consultant anaesthetist post.
The new post has been created to expand the number of operating sessions available as the island’s health services recover from the Covid pandemic and to improve access to theatre sessions for emergency patients during the day. Dr Cheesman’s appointment brings to a dozen the total number of anaesthetic posts at the MSG.
Dr Cheesman (pictured) joins from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London where she was a consultant anaesthetist for eleven years, a college tutor, providing educational and pastoral support for anaesthetic students, and the lead for obstetric anaesthesia. She specialised in anaesthesia for high-risk obstetrics, reconstructive plastic surgery and ENT (ear, nose and throat surgery).
After qualifying as a doctor at Imperial College, London, she undertook anaesthesia training at University College London Hospitals. Her career has also taken her to in Australia, New Zealand and to Canada where she undertook an anaesthesia research fellowship at British Columbia Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Dr Richard Evans, chair of the anaesthesia directorate, says: “We are delighted to welcome Kate to the Anaesthetic Department at the MSG. Her experience and skills with add considerably to the quality and delivery of Anaesthetic and ICU care on island.”
Dr Cheesman says of her role: “For many patients the anaesthetic can be the scariest part of the procedure. I love building rapport with my patients and believe if you go off to sleep smiling you wake up smiling. It’s very rewarding to see a patient in recovery after the operation, happy and comfortable.”