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Maternity Unit

Meet the team

This page gives you information about senior staff working in Maternity Services.

You can also find out about the role of the Supervisors of Midwives and our Community Midwifery Services.


Management team

Dr Stephen N SturgissConsultant Obstetrician and Clinical Director

  • Consultant Obstetrician and Clinical Director
  • Tel: 0191 282 0401
  • GMC Code: 2772712
  • Qualifications: MB ChB, MRCOG, MD
  • Biography

    Dr Sturgiss is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine. He has been a Consultant at the RVI for about 16 years. He undertakes general fetal medicine clinics, and also provides a service for women with complicated multiple pregnancies. He is also the Clinical Director for Women’s Services at the Trust.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Fetal Medicine clinics – on Wednesday mornings and afternoons

  • Name of Secretary
    Denise Fisher
  • Stephen Sturgiss 

Claire PinderDirectorate Manager for Women's Services

Mrs Elaine Blair Head of Midwifery

Consultant team

Dr Naveen AthiramanConsultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

Dr Paul AyukConsultant Obstetrician

Dr Janet BerringtonConsultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

  • Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics
  • Tel: 0191 2825197 - Secretary
  • GMC Code: 3663886
  • Qualifications: BMBS BMedSci MD FRCPCH
  • Special Interests

    CCST in neonatal medicine.

  • Biography

    Trained in paediatrics with specialist training in neonatal medicine. Appointed as consultant in 2006.

    Special interests in resuscitation, training and simulation, infection, immunology, the gut microbiome and NEC.

    Research interests in infection/NEC/screening trials – funded by SPARKS and BLISS.

    Deputy chair of the MCRN neonatal CSG.

  • Directorate

    Women's services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Neonatal follow-up

  • Name of Secretary
    Ann Grant
  • Janet Berrington 

Dr Nick EmbletonConsultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

Dr Alan FentonConsultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

Dr Therese HannonConsultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics

  • Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics
  • Tel: Secretary 0191 2825867
  • GMC Code: 6027978
  • Qualifications: BMBS MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Fetal medicine, which is where we aim to provide extra care and treatment for babies while they are still in the womb if any potential difficulties have been identified.  

  • Biography

    I graduated from the University of Nottingham before returning to my native North East to train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  I completed extra (subspecialist) training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine here in Newcastle, including publication of research relating to placental and fetal pathology. 

    I am now one of five consultants providing specialist fetal medicine care at the RVI.  I am also the regional senate representative for the Fetal Medicine Clinical Reference Group, informing the national specialist commissioning process.

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    General fetal medicine

  • Name of Secretary
    Barbara Young

Dr Sundeep HarigopalConsultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

Dr Richard Hearn Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

Miss Suzanne JacksonConsultant Obstetrician

  • Consultant Obstetrician
  • Tel: 0191 2825860
  • GMC Code: 4648345
  • Qualifications: MB ChB MD DipClinEd MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Obesity in pregnancy, intrapartum care, medical education.

  • Biography

    Graduated with Commendation from the University of Dundee in 1999 and trained in the North East. I have an interest in high risk obstetrics, in particular obesity in pregnancy. I also run an antenatal clinic for vulnerable women.

     

    I have an interest in medical education, namely postgraduate training and assessment, including simulation. I am involved in this within the Trust and nationally, through work with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the charity Babylifeline.

     

    I am an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.  My current research interests relate to obesity in pregnancy and induction of labour.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    All day Tuesday

  • Name of Secretary
    Kerry Brunskill
  • Suzanne Jackson 

Dr Malcolm MacDougallConsultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine

  • Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine
  • Tel: 01912825856
  • GMC Code: 4339216
  • Qualifications: MBChB (Edin) PhD (NCL) MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Diabetes and Endocrinology in pregnancy

    Intrapartum care

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Maternal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology

  • Name of Secretary
    Lindsey

Dr Sheila MacphailConsultant Obstetrician

  • Consultant Obstetrician
  • Tel: 0191 282 5867
  • GMC Code: 2716642
  • Qualifications: BM PhD FRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Fetal medicine - ultrasound diagnosis of structural abnormalities and prenatal screening and diagnosis.

    High risk obstetrics and monitoring of pregnancy

    Support in pregnancies after a pregnancy loss in the 2nd or 3rd trimester

    Education and Training

  • Biography

    Sheila qualified in Southampton and has worked in the North East of England since 1984. She spent 2 years in Toronto training in fetal medicine before being appointed to a consultant post in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics in Newcastle in 1995.

    She provides a diagnostic service for families with an increased risk of known genetic conditions and is experienced in both Chorion Villus Biopsy and Amniocentesis. She is also an assistant medical director of the trust since 2003 with specific responsibility for Education.

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Fetal medicine and genetics clinic – Monday 08.30-13.00

    Fetal medicine general clinic Monday 13.00-17.00

  • Name of Secretary
    Barbara Young
  • Dr Sheila MacPhail 

Dr Philippa J MarsdenConsultant Obstetrician with an interest in Maternal Medicine

  • Consultant Obstetrician with an interest in Maternal Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 2823864
  • GMC Code: 3066276
  • Qualifications: MBBS FRCOG MD Cert Clin Ed
  • Special Interests

    Obstetric haematology, obstetric neurology and multiple pregnancy.

  • Biography

    Philippa graduated from Newcastle in 1985. During her training in the northeast she undertook research leading to her MD thesis on Insulin action and ovarian function. She was appointed as a Consultant in 1999 (Durham) but moved to the RVI in 2011 to develop her interest in medical education and maternal medicine.

     

    She is currently ‘Course Director for Women’s Health’ for the Newcastle MBBS programme and undergraduate lead for the Tyne Base.

     

    She has an interest in shared decision making and producing good quality information for patients and is currently Chair of the RCOG Patient Information Committee.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Monday morning: Obstetric Neurology

    Monday afternoon: Obstetric Haematology (joint clinic with Dr John Hanley)

    Tuesday afternoon: Twins and more

  • Philippa Marsden 

Dr Paul MoranConsultant Obstetrician

  • Consultant Obstetrician
  • Tel: 0191 282 0401
  • GMC Code: 3342370
  • Qualifications: BMed Sci, BM, BS, MD, MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    4D ultrasound, Fetal heart anomalies, Fetal surgical anomalies, High risk pregnancy in vulnerable women, teaching and training of medical staff, patient information.

  • Biography

    A Consultant since 2001 I lead Fetal Medicine and have educational responsibility for 30 junior doctors as College Tutor. Nationally I developed training programmes for doctors in their final two years before becoming a consultant. I was the first to develop 4D ultrasound in the North of England and specialise in fetal heart anomalies and surgical problems. I have written two books on pregnancy for the general public: the ‘Day by Day pregnancy book’ and edited the 2012 BMA book award winner for best popular medical book ‘The Pregnant Body book’. In 2013 I designed and edited the first RVI Pregnancy Information Book.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Fetal Medicine clinics

  • Name of Secretary
    Denise Fisher
  • Paul Moran 

Dr Sridhar Muniramaiah RamaiahConsultant in Neonatal Paediatrics

Professor Steve RobsonConsultant in Fetal Medicine

  • Consultant in Fetal Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 2824132
  • GMC Code: 2292899
  • Qualifications: MBBS MD MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Fetal Medicine

  • Biography

    Subspecialty trained in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (UCL, London). Appointed as Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics at Newcastle University in 1993 and promoted to Professor of Fetal Medicine in 1994. Previously Head of Antenatal Services at NUTH. Currently President of British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society and Chairman of RCOG Academic Committee.

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Fetal Medicine (Tuesday – all day every week)

    Surgical termination of pregnancy (Wednesday pm)

  • Name of Secretary
    Sue Convery
  • Any other Information

    Clinical research interests include the diagnosis and management of fetal anomalies and the screening and prevention of preeclampsia and preterm birth.

Dr Marie SmithConsultant Obstetrician

  • Consultant Obstetrician
  • Tel: 0191 282 5856 (Secretary)
  • GMC Code: 4215954
  • Qualifications: MBBS MRCOG MD
  • Special Interests

    Maternal Medicine (lead for infectious diseases and connective tissue disorders)

    Preterm birth

    Postnatal care of high risk women

  • Biography

    After graduating from Newcastle, I completed my early postgraduate training in Nottingham and London before returning to the Northern Deanery for SpR training. I was awarded an MD for research investigating the role of the hormone relaxin in renal adaptation during pregnancy.

    As a consultant obstetrician in the RVI, I contribute to the delivery of acute obstetric care and I am part of the Maternal Medicine team.

    My recent research has focused on the causes of preterm birth. We actively recruit to national studies in both the preterm and maternal medicine clinics.

    I am the secretary of MOMS, the national obstetric medicine society.

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Maternal Medicine, Preterm Prevention Clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Lindsey Redhead
  • Marie Smith 

Dr Stephen N SturgissConsultant Obstetrician and Clinical Director

  • Consultant Obstetrician and Clinical Director
  • Tel: 0191 282 0401
  • GMC Code: 2772712
  • Qualifications: MB ChB, MRCOG, MD
  • Biography

    Dr Sturgiss is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine. He has been a Consultant at the RVI for about 16 years. He undertakes general fetal medicine clinics, and also provides a service for women with complicated multiple pregnancies. He is also the Clinical Director for Women’s Services at the Trust.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Fetal Medicine clinics – on Wednesday mornings and afternoons

  • Name of Secretary
    Denise Fisher
  • Stephen Sturgiss 

Dr Susan E TweedieConsultant Obstetrician

Dr Martin Ward PlattConsultant Paediatrician (Neonatal Medicine)

  • Consultant Paediatrician (Neonatal Medicine)
  • Tel: 0191 282 5197
  • GMC Code: 2480969
  • Qualifications: MB ChB MD FRCPCH
  • Special Interests

    Care of the Next Infant; infant care; chronic pain management; chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • Biography

    Qualifying in 1979 from Bristol University, I worked in the Bristol area before finishing my paediatric training in the North East, specialising in neonatal medicine and becoming Consultant in neonatal medicine in 1990. 

    I am also Honorary Clinical Reader in Neonatal and Paediatric medicine at Newcastle University, and Clinical Director of the northern Regional Maternity Survey Office.

    I have been active in many areas of research in neonatal and paediatric medicine, including aspects of child protection. I have interests in developmental physiology, particularly in relation to breast feeding and blood glucose control; cot death and care of subsequent infants; perinatal epidemiology; and mother-infant interaction.

    I am Senior Editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Tuesday afternoon: neonatal follow up

    Thursday afternoon: general paediatrics

  • Name of Secretary
    Ann Grant (0191 282 5197; ann.grant@nuth.nhs.uk)
  • Martin Ward Platt 

Dr Jason WaughConsultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine

  • Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5856
  • GMC Code: 3340536
  • Qualifications: BSc MBBS DA MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Blood pressure complications in pregnancy

    Kidney Disease in Pregnancy

    Heart Disease in pregnancy

    Medical Education

  • Biography

    Jason trained in maternal medicine in Sheffield, New Zealand and Leicester before working as a consultant in Leicester for 5 years. He is now lead consultant for maternal medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne and has established maternal medicine training programmes for obstetricians in both cities.  He has developed the model within NUTH of Specialist clinics for Medical Disorders in Pregnancy allowing women to be seen jointly by an obstetrician and specialist physician at the same visit. The maternal medicine teams philosophy is to provide a seamless transition from pre-pregnancy advice through to postnatal care for all women with pre-existing diseases or who have had pregnancy complications in the past.

    As well as publishing books on Maternal Medicine for Midwives his current research interests are hypertension in pregnancy and renal and cardiovascular disease in pregnancy. As well as running funded research projects in this area he has published extensively in these fields and produced national guidelines for the management of pre-eclampsia and renal disease.

    He is currently president of the Macdonald UK Obstetric Medicine Society, represents Maternal Medicine on the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society and is a clinical expert for the charity Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC).

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Pre-pregnancy clinic (Weekly - RVI)

    Diabetes Pre-pregnancy clinic (Monthly – Newcastle Diabetes Centre on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (formerly known as Newcastle General Hospital))

    Combined Heart Disease and Pregnancy (Monthly - Freeman Hospital's Cardiothoracic Centre)

    Medical disorders and high risk pregnancy (Weekly - RVI)

    Combined Kidney Disease and Pregnancy (Weekly - Freeman Hospital)

    Combined Diabetes and Pregnancy (Weekly - Freeman Hospital)

  • Name of Secretary
    Lindsey Redhead
  • Any other Information

    Jason is the training program Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Northern deanery and is the Editor in Chief of The Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (TOG) the Royal College’s Continuing Professional Development Journal.

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