Your Medical Support Team
Mrs Annette Middleton
Registered Theatre Nurse
Annette is a registered nurse qualified in operating department practices, who assists Mr Riaz with the majority of surgical procedures in the operating theatre, within his private practice. She is also responsible for liaising with the respective operating departments across the hospitals he works in, ensuring that the correct equipment is available for Mr Riaz and his patients. She has worked in this capacity since 2006, when Mr Riaz’ practice had grown to such an extent that he felt his practice would benefit from an additional surgical presence.
Annette qualified as a registered nurse in 1980 and has had a nursing career predominantly in the operating environment. She started her surgical career working in the Operating Department at the Kingston General Hospital in Hull , where Hull ‘s Plastic Surgery Department was based before the service moved to Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire . She went on to work as a Theatre Sister and subsequently the Theatre Manager at the Spire Hospital (formerly the Classic Hospital and Bupa Hospital) for a number of years, where historically a significant amount of cosmetic surgery has always been undertaken.
Dr Zahid Rafique
It is mandatory that anaesthetists in the UK undertake six years of rigorous postgraduate training, and pass several exams after graduating as doctors, before becoming Consultant Anaesthetists. He undertook and completed postgraduate training in anaesthetics in the West Midlands and East Yorkshire.
Since 2003 he has been working as a Consultant Anaesthetist within the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. He started working with Mr Riaz in 2004 when he joined the Plastic Surgery team in Hull, and has continued to do so ever since. He anaesthetises almost all of Mr Riaz’s patients in his private practice. He also works with Mr Riaz as the lead Consultant Anaesthetist with a small local charity for patients who undergo reconstructive surgery in Pakistan and other Third World countries. He also anaesthetises for other Consultant Surgeons including Mr Peter Sedman (General Surgeon), Mr Owen Stewart (Ophthalmic Surgeon) both in the NHS and in the private sector. His special interests are in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Bariatric (weight reduction) Surgery, Ophthalmic Surgery and Obstetrics.
Apart from private and NHS work he is actively involved in overseas charity work since 2001. Both Dr Rafique and Mr Riaz are trustees of a local charity called OPSA (Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal Reg’d charity number 1116561). As members of this charity a small team including Dr Rafique travels to third world countries to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on underprivileged babies, children and young adults. This is done on a voluntary basis, in their own time and to date they have carried out more than 3500 operations of this nature, improving the quality of life of patients.
Staff Nurse Michelle Hagn
Michelle, who joined St Hugh’s Hospital in March 2016, as a member of the Cosmetic Surgery Team. Michelle has worked in the healthcare profession for many years, both in the NHS where she trained, and the private sector. Her role is to liaise with cosmetic surgery patients during each stage of their journey.
As the cosmetic service at the hospital has developed, it became evident that the volume of work was more than Lynda Thorndyke, the Cosmetic Surgery Liaison Sister could manage single-handedly, so this new post was created, and Michelle supports Lynda in most aspects of her role.
Michelle works alongside Lynda and Mr Riaz in supporting his patients in the Out-patients Department clinics. Routinely she or Lynda is also present on the day of surgery so that patients can expect to see a member of staff with whom they are familiar, and who can help to answer their questions, along with Mr Riaz.
Sister Lynda Thorndike
Lynda is a registered nurse and has worked at St Hugh’s Hospital for eight years. Working as a Senior Staff Nurse on the ward, Lynda, who has always had interest in cosmetic surgery, was seconded by the Hospital Director to play an active part in setting up and promoting the cosmetic service at St Hugh’s Hospital.
The interest from the local and regional community grew to such an extent that it was evident that there was a need for a dedicated role to support the service. The role of Cosmetic Surgery Liaison Sister was formalised, and in February 2010 this became Lynda’s role. Lynda’s role involves free nurse-led cosmetic assessments, and she offers initial advice to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the range of surgery and treatments available at the hospital.
Lynda is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for cosmetic surgery patients. Her objective is to ensure that the ‘journey’ of the cosmetic patient will be the equivalent to that of a “personal shopper”, recognising that cosmetic surgery is very personal and can be life-changing; patients seek researched, up-to-date information from a reputable and reliable source. Free one-to-one appointments with Lynda can cover some of the many questions and anxieties people have about potential treatment and can provide the very foundation for the eventual outcome/results of their surgery.
Lynda works directly with Mr Riaz, during his out-patient clinics and on surgery days. She is there to support both him and his patients. She is available before and after treatment for advice, and is very happy to talk to patients informally to discuss any concerns they may have. She is usually on-duty on the day of surgery, so is a familiar and friendly face before and after treatment, which offers reassurance to many patients.
Lynda’s working week varies according to the demands of the service. She can be contacted at ST Hugh’s Hospital – Tel 01472 251100 Ext 3346. If she is not available please leave a message on her answer-machine and she will respond to your call as soon as possible.
Your Patient Support Team
Mrs Gale Bell
Gale is the Practice Manager for Mr Riaz’ private practice. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of Mr Riaz’ practice. Her role includes liaising directly with the patients, and the private hospitals where Mr Riaz works, scheduling & co-ordinating appointments and surgery. Her role is critical to the smooth-running of the practice. Gale worked as Personal Assistant and Senior Secretary for the Consultant Plastic Surgeons within the NHS in the East Yorkshire region for over 21 years before leaving to take up the role as Mr Riaz’ Practice Manager in June 2007.
Gale is the first point of contact for patients and can be contacted via the Cottingham office address. She is available to speak to directly Monday-Friday 8.30-5.00pm. She is happy to talk patients through many of the questions that patients might have prior to them booking their surgery.
Ms Sandra Howland
Sandra’s role in the practice is administrative assistant and will be happy to help in any way possible.
Sandra has worked in the plastic surgery department, along with Gale, in an administrative capacity for 17 years.