Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultants

Mr Laurie Irvine

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General information:

Name, qualifications:

Mr Laurie Montgomery Irvine MD (Lond) FRCOG

Practising at:

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Specialties:

Gynaecology and obstetrics

Special clinical interests:

Benign gynaecology, menstrual disorders, ectopic pregnancy - diagnosis and laparoscopic treatment, infertility work up, high risk obstetrics including maternal choices.

Research interests:

Ectopic pregnancy, caesarean section rates, maternal choices, risk management and surgical techniques in operative obstetrics. He has published essays and lectured on these topics.

Current posts:
  • Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • External examiner to the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Year of first medical qualification: 1981
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
  • Fellow, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Member of Royal College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine
Contact Details
  • Secretary's Name: Julie Spendlove
  • Secretary's Telephone number: : 01923 217935

Background Information

Professional profile:

Mr Irvine qualified in 1981 from Charing Cross Hospital, passed the MRCOG in 1986 and was awarded an MD (Lond) in 1993. He spent most of his training in London, at the Royal Free Hospital and St Bartholomew's Hospital. He was appointed consultant at Watford General Hospital in 1995.

His main areas of clinical work are menstrual disorders, benign gynaecology, ectopic pregnancy and he has published papers on ectopic pregnancy in medical literature. When possible he manages ectopic pregnancy surgery laparoscopically.

In obstetrics, a special interest is management of women who have had one previous caesarean section, and he sees women before a subsequent pregnancy to discuss current options and to discuss any concerns about a subsequent pregnancy.

Although not always possible, Mr Irvine believes in evidence-based medicine, although care should be tailored to the individual woman and her wishes respected.

Mr Irvine also has a special interest in women who have had a previous baby born by caesarean section. It is sometimes the case that women are unsure as to the reasons for caesarean section and also about the timing of a subsequent pregnancy. Also, there may be concerns about decisions on delivery.

Personal profile:

He is a keen gardener and also enjoys walking both in London and in the country. He also mountain-bikes off road regularly when time permits. His main sporting interest is Formula One motor racing.


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