New Medical Director for Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth has appointed consultant anaesthetist and former Royal Navy medic Dr Andy Burgess, to the role of Medical Director. 

He joined the Royal Navy as a medical cadet whilst in Sheffield where he was at medical school on completion of his first degree. After duties on frigates he embarked on anaesthetics in Plymouth, then Bristol and Sheffield. After higher training he spent nearly two years as the Principal Medical Officer on HMS Ark Royal before appointment in 1995 as a consultant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

He has taken an active part in NHS management and after a tenure as Derriford Hospital’s Clinical Director for Theatres, took over as Clinical Director of Anaesthesia, Theatres and Pain in 2005 for another three years. Clinical work included anaesthesia for neuro, orthopaedics, plastics, trauma and paediatrics.

Whilst serving as an anaesthetist in the military, he regularly supported Royal Marine surgical teams in Sierra Leone, Oman, Kosovo and Iraq. He was deployed three times to Afghanistan, twice as anaesthetist, clinical director and member of the MERT helicopter evacuation team and in 2011, as the Medical Director in the Role 3 Trauma facility in Bastion leading a multi-national team. 

As subsequent Defence Consultant Advisor (DCA) he led the tri-Service Anaesthetic, Critical Care and Pain cadre, the largest clinical group in the Defence Medical Services, for three years and was a co-opted member of the Council of Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) until May 2015 when he took up his position as Military Clinical Director in the South West. Prior to leaving the Royal Navy he received the honorary title of Queen’s Honorary Surgeon (QHS), was awarded the Joint Forces Command Commendation and the AAGBI Award for services to anaesthesia.

He joined Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in April 2017 shortly after leaving the military and has been working as an anaesthetist there prior to his appointment as Medical Director.

Living in Devon with his family, Andy has a passion for fishing – seatrout and salmon on the fly from the river Tavy or bass from his small boat off Plymouth. He is a member of the “Cape Horner’s Association” after sailing 6,000 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean and beyond in a Challenge 67’ yacht, and he has raced in yachts in Antigua and the 2017 Fastnet Race. In the last five years he has e completed two local half marathons, the London Marathon and a “30 miler yomp across Dartmoor, and cycled from London to the AAGBI Harrogate conference in 2014 and from London to its Liverpool conference in 2017, raising funds for the “Safe Africa” anaesthesia charity.

Mark White, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Andy to his new role as Medical Director. As the first hospital of our kind to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, the excellence of our clinical offering to our patients is paramount to us. We are confident that Andy will deliver strong and effective clinical leadership, helping us to maintain and exceed our already high standards.