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Dr Andrew Barlow, FRCP, MSc, MB ChB (with honours), BSc Hons (Pharmacology: 2.1)

Clinical Lead for Respiratory Medicine at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Clinical Director for Cancer, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Chairman of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Lung Cancer NCG

General information:

Name, qualifications:

Dr Andrew Barlow, FRCP, MSc, MB ChB (with honours), BSc Hons (Pharmacology: 2.1)

Practising at:

Watford General Hospital


Respiratory Medicine


Respiratory Allergy

Special clinical interests:

  1. Interventional bronchoscopy including EBUS and mediastinal EUS. I am the lead for this important service integral to the accurate staging of lung cancer and the diagnosis of unexplained mediastinal lymphadenopathy. I have presented on EBUS at numerous International conferences, most recently BTOG 2015 and I am a regular faculty member for the prestigious EBUS Live Course hosted at UCH (2014, 2016).
  2. Thoracic Ultrasound. I am an advanced ultrasound practitioner having performed in excess of 3000 ultrasound-guided biopsies. I am competent to perform pleural thoracocentesis, in-dwelling pleural catheter insertion, intercostal chest drain insertion and pleural vent insertion. I co-run the new ambulatory pleural service with Dr knight and will be training in medical thoracoscopy.
  3. I am the clinical lead for Non-Invasive Ventilation and authored the recent policy update for NIV
  4. I lead on the project to establish a respiratory/medical HDU at West Herts.

Current posts (NHS, University):

Year of first medical qualification:

The Victoria University of Manchester: BSc Pharmacology: 1988
University of Sheffield Medical School: MB ChB with honours: 1996
Imperial College London: MSc Respiratory Medicine: 2005

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

Contact details:


Professional Profile

In leading the department through the recent expansion, I am genuinely optimistic about the future. Recent developments, including the recruitment of four new consultants, mean we are well placed to deliver high quality, patient-centred care.

On-going plans for the department include the expansion of our already successful EBUS/EUS service, the evolution of our ambulatory pleural service to include medical thoracoscopy, the development of our sub-specialty outpatient services including sleep medicine and domiciliary NIV and the establishment of a respiratory/medical HDU to support the acute services at West Herts.

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