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Dr Matthew J Knight

Name, qualifications:

Dr Matthew J Knight, MBBS BSc MRCP (Resp) PGCert (Allergy)

Practising at:

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Respiratory Medicine


Allergy, General Internal Medicine

Special clinical interests:

  1. Pleural Disease- Along with Dr Barlow, I co-run the Pleural Disease Service providing both inpatient and outpatient/ambulatory care to patients with pleural disease (such as pleural effusion and pneumothorax). I have authored the trust's pleural disease management guidelines. I am competent to perform thoracic US and plan to train in medical thoracoscopy. I am the Principle Investigator at the Watford site for the Oxford University led research trial on Ambulatory Management of Pneumothorax (RAMPP trial)
  2. Asthma and Allergy- Having completed a Post Graduate Certificate and a number of post graduate courses at Imperial College London, I take a keen interest in allergies relating to the respiratory system. In particular the management of difficult asthma.
  3. Chronic Breathlessness- Along with Dr Barlow, Dr Evans and Dr Wenzel (Cardiologist) I take an active interest in the investigation and management of unexplained and chronic breathlessness. We are currently developing our Cardio Pulmonary Exercise testing facility here and are looking forward to providing this enhanced diagnostic service here at West Herts.
  4. Chronic Cough- I take a keen interest in the investigation and management of chronic cough (that is persistent cough of more than 8 weeks duration).
  5. Recurrent respiratory infections- I am keen to consult on patients with recurrent respiratory tract infections (chest infections) to aim to elucidate the cause of their problems and help to implement treatments. Diseases of interest include Pneumonia, Bronchiectasis, Tuberculosis, Sinusitis and immune deficiency.

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Professional Profile

I trained at the Royal Free Hospital and subsequently undertook my postgraduate training in the prestigious North West Thames Respiratory Training programme (rotating via the Royal Brompton, Royal Free, Harefield, Barnet, Watford and Northwick Park hospitals). I completed a PGCert in Allergy Medicine at Imperial College.

I joined the department as a Consultant in October 2015, having previously worked here some years before as a junior doctor. I am excited about the developments within West Herts that will soon result in us being able to provide 7 day consultant lead and delivered care for our inpatients, a medical High Dependency unit, Medical Thoracoscopy, CardioP Pulmonary Exercise Testing and a greatly enhanced out patient service.

I particularly take an interest in Pleural diseases and along with Dr Barlow have set up an outpatient pleural service alongside the inpatient team. We offer a wide range of services to patients in the Trust, allowing care to occur nearer to home.

In addition to the standard range of pleural procedures (Chest drains, pleural taps) we offer therapeutic throacentesis, ambulatory management of pneumothorax using Pleural Vents and an Indwelling Pleural Catheter insertion and follow up service. We will soon be introducing a medical thoracoscopy service here within the Trust.

I am currently involved in helping set up our new cardiopulmonary exercise testing service - an exciting development that will lead to enhanced diagnostics and management for our patients. This useful investigative tool can help with the diagnosis of the causes of unexplained breathlessness.

Having completed post graduate studies in Allergy medicine at Imperial College, alongside Dr Barlow and Dr Odhiambo I help to provide our Asthma and allergy service within the Trust. My particular interests are in the investigation and management of difficult to control asthma.

Along with all my colleagues I am actively involved with the provision of the Sleep medicine, lung cancer, Interstitial lung disease, bronchoscopy and COPD community services.

Personal Profile

Away from medicine I enjoy travel, reading and most importantly relaxing with my family.

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