Dr Sean Cochrane


BA, BM BCh(Oxon), FRCP, MD

GMC number: 4117283

Practising since: 1994



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Dr Cochrane was appointed as a Consultant in Plymouth in 2005 after training in Oxford, London and Dublin. He is an experienced gastroenterologist and general physician and expert endoscopist. He is a nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and performs all modalities of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including gastroscopy, colonoscopy and ERCP. He has particular expertise in the endoscopic treatment of Barretts oesophagus and early gastrointestinal cancers employing advanced endoscopic and NICE accredited radiofrequency ablation techniques. He also performs gastrointestinal physiology and pH studies using state-of-the-art high-resolution manometry technology.

Dr Cochrane graduated from Oxford University with an Honours Degree in Physiology (1991) and a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery (1994). After house jobs in Oxford and Plymouth, he completed his postgraduate medical training at Northwick Park & St Marks and Charing Cross Hospital in London (1996). He then undertook higher specialist training in gastroenterology in London working at St Marys and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
From 2000-2003 Dr Cochrane worked in St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and at Irelands National Liver Transplant Unit and was also awarded an MD Thesis by the National University of Ireland (UCD). His research was into inflammatory bowel disease and microbial interactions with the gut.

He undertook an endoscopy fellowship in Milan, Italy in 2004 before completing his specialist training in London in 2005.
He has worked as a consultant gastroenterologist in Plymouth since 2005 where he treats patients with cancer, inflammatory, functional and infectious conditions. His specialist interest is in endoscopy. He is clinical governance lead and his outcomes are regularly audited and benchmarked against national standards.

Treatments and tests offered by Dr Sean Cochrane at Nuffield Health

  • Colorectal screening
  • Gastroscopy (or gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Diagnostic endoscopy

Locations Dr Sean Cochrane works with

Related experience


  • British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • British Medical Association
  • Irish Society of Gastroenterology

Other posts held

  • Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist
  • Honorary University Fellow, Peninsula Medical School
  • Consultant Gastroenterologist, Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital

Insurers Dr Sean Cochrane works with

Dr Sean Cochrane works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Freedom Health
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA
  • Healix Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Bupa Global
  • Cigna International
  • Healthcare RM
  • HealthFund
  • Health-on-Line
  • InterGlobal
  • Medical Care Direct
  • PHC
  • Police Mutual
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Standard Life
  • The Exeter Friendly
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


Dr Sean Cochrane does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Sean Cochrane does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Sean Cochrane does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.