Consultant comes full circle back to Scunthorpe

A hospital consultant has come full circle – back to northern Lincolnshire – which is where he started his specialist surgical training back in 2004.

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan - smiling

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan

Mr Abdul Qadeer Khan has been appointed as a new emergency medicine consultant at Scunthorpe General Hospital. He said: “I am really excited as I feel like I have come full circle, back to the area where I started my training journey in the UK. I want to be able to give something back to the local community, as well as play a part in training our next generation of junior doctors.”

He is also delighted to have landed a role at Scunthorpe hospital at such an exciting time as it is all systems go for building a new multi-million-pound emergency department.

He said: “Having looked at the plans for the new department, it is a really exciting time to be joining the team. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but once built it will provide a wonderful unit for our local community. One we can all be proud of.”

Mr Khan studied medicine in Pakistan and went onto train to become a surgeon achieving his Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) (which is the highest degree in surgery you can do and equates to being a consultant).

However, in 2004, with a thirst to undertake further surgical training, he left behind his homeland to take up a role in the UK as a surgical senior house officer at Grimsby hospital. His training also saw him work in Scunthorpe and Hull while he completed his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) in 2006.

Mr Khan left behind his clinical work to become a research associate focusing on colorectal cancer. This gave him with the chance to present his work across the country, as well as have articles published in peer review journals. He received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 2010.

It was during this time, Mr Khan had a change of heart and decided to switch specialties and leave surgery behind. In 2010 he started his journey in emergency medicine and moved to Edinburgh, before settling in Barrow-on-Furness in Cumbria.

He then chose the East of England Deanery to undertake his emergency training in 2014 and has since spent time working at Addenbrookes, as well in hospitals in Basildon, Chelmsford, and Southend-On-Sea.

Mr Khan then decided to move again – this time to northern Lincolnshire. He said: “Many of my friends who I have trained with work at the Trust. They have all spoken very highly of the hospital, and what a wonderful place it is to work.”

As to why he loves his job so much, he said: “You never know what is going to come through the door. You could be caring for someone who has just had a massive heart attack and then next reassuring a pregnant woman who is worried she may have blood clot, the diversity is amazing.

“It does come with a lot of challenges, but it is so rewarding and exciting to be working at the front door of the hospital.”

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