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Gynaecology / Oncology patient support

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Consultant: Mr John Renninson

Clinical Director Cancer Services RD&E Photo of John Renninson

Directorate / Specialty: Child and Women’s health - Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Sub-Specialty and conditions treated: Gynaecological Oncology. Assessment and treatment of patients with suspected and confirmed cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and vulval cancers. Colposcopy and cervical screening, assessment of patients with abnormal smears.

Special Clinical Interests: Gynaecological cancers, colposcopy, and patients with family history of cancers.

Research interests: Family history of cancers, ovarian cancer treatment, detecting endometrial cancers on liquid based cytology smear tests.

Ward(s) worked on / with: Base ward is Wynard ward. Also work on joint surgical procedures with colorectal, urological, plastics and breast surgery teams at the RD&E. Connected to North Devon District Hospital MDT and clinics and Colposcopy clinics in Tiverton hospital.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:


British Gynaecological Cancer Society,

British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology,

SWCIS Gynae Tumour panel,

South West Cervical Screening QA Team Colposcopy rep ( joint appointment), National Colposcopy Advisory Group,

Peninsula cancer network NSSG and clinical advisory group.

Secretary contact: Gill Fenwick – 01392 40 6596


Consultant: Nigel Acheson Nigel Acheson


Directorate / Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Sub-Specialty and conditions treated: Gynaecological Oncology.
Special Clinical Interests:  
Clinical - Gynaecological Cancers, Colposcopy and Vulval Diseases.
General - Patient safety and quality improvement. 
Research interests:  
MD awarded in 2002 for Thesis based on the effect of wound healing and ascites on the growth of ovarian cancer cells.
Two current research grants to fund a PhD student whose project is “The role of omental endothelial cells in ovarian cancer metastasis”, at the Peninsula Medical School. 
Base Ward(s) worked on / with or department: Wynard Ward
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: 
National  Advisor and Clinical Lead for the Enhanced Recovery Partnership Programme at the Department of Health,
Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 
Honorary Secretary of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society,
Committee Member and Convenor of Meetings for the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology,
Member of the Gynaecological Tumour Panel of the South West Cancer Intelligence Service,
Member of the Peninsula Gynaecological Cancer Network Site Specific Group.

Secretary contact : Honor Midmer - 01392 406597



Photo of Michael HannemannConsultant: Michael Hannemann


Directorate / Specialty: Women’s and Children’s, Gynaecology

Sub-Specialty and conditions treated: Gynaecological Oncology

Special Clinical Interests: Applications of laparoscopic surgery to gynaecological cancer, Lead colposcopist

Research interests: Gynaecological oncology, screening for gynaecological cancers, vascular medicine relating to cancer

Base Ward(s) worked on / with or department: Wynard ward

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: RCOG, BSCCP, BGCS, ESGO

Secretary contact: Haydn Smith - 01392 406614



Gynaecology/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist


Gynae/oncology nurses
Pictured Gynae/Oncology Nurse Specialists
Gail Webb and Jackie Stewart
The Gynaecology Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialists Gail and Jacky work closely with the other members of the Gynae Oncology Multidisciplinary Team to support women and their families / carers from initial investigation through to diagnosis of a Gynaecological Cancer and recommended treatment.


Gail and Jacky are present when the patient is informed they have cancer, preparing patients for all stages of treatment, including Surgery, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy. Support is provided throughout the patients' cancer journey, working closely with the Gynaecology ward (Wynard), Outpatient clinics and specialist services allied to Gynae Oncology, to provide a seamless service.


Details of patient user / support groups:

The Gynae Oncology Support Group, for women who have received a diagnosis of a Gynaecological Cancer, meets monthly at the Force Cancer Support Centre.

Come and join us for a coffee and an opportunity to meet with other women in a similar situation to you.

The group aims to be informal, welcoming and supportive. It will be facilitated by Gail, Jacky and Vicky Jay (Women's Health Counsellor).

Please contact Gail or Jacky for more details. 


Women's Health Counsellor

Women’s Health Counsellor


The Women’s Health Counsellor provides a confidential service where women can express their thoughts, feelings and concerns.


Experienced counsellors Vicky Jay (Pictured) and Louise Swiggs between them cover Monday to Friday. Most patients are seen by appointment after hospital discharge but the counsellors do respond to requests from ward staff to visit women during their hospital stay.


Contact telephone: 01392 406678



Directorate Manager:

Pete Adey


Clinical Director:

John Renninson


Senior Matron:

Jackie Elworthy