Dr Stuart Cairns



GMC number: 2211202

Practising since: 1974


General (internal) Medicine, Gastroenterology

Consultation times

  • Tuesday PM (Brighton)
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Dr Cairns is a Consultant Physician with a Special Interest in Gastroenterology. 

He completed his undergraduate medical training at Kings College Hospital, London, after which he did higher medical training in Cambridge, the Middlesex and University College Hospitals in London. 

In 1988 he was appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist to the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals as an accredited specialist in General (Internal) Medicine and Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. He has lectured and published a number of articles, more recently on bowel cancer screening. 

  • MRC Fellowship (Nutrition) 1980-3
  • Bronze Clinical Excellence Award (General Medicine National award) 2004
  • Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship MUSC, South Carolina, USA   2007
  • Silver Clinical Excellence Award   2008       
  • Accredited Bowel Cancer Screening Endoscopist 2008

In 2008 Dr Cairns was appointed Clinical Director of the Sussex Bowel Cancer Screening programme. He is one of fouraccredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopists in Brighton.

Other interests

Bowel cancer screening. Endoscopy. 

Personal interests

Dr Cairns is married with three children (now grown up) and lives just outside of Brighton. He enjoys tennis, travel, music and walking along the South Downs.   

Treatments and tests offered by Dr Stuart Cairns at Nuffield Health

  • Colorectal screening
  • Glucose breath test
  • Biliary and renal drainage
  • Family history screening
  • Urea Breath Test 13C
  • Liver biopsy
  • Lactose breath test
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Liver function tests

Locations Dr Stuart Cairns works with

Related experience


Endoscopy, pancreatic and biliary disease, colon cancer and bowel cancer screening.


  • British Society of Gastronenterology
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Other posts held

  • Consultant Gastroenterologist, BSUH
  • Clinical Director of the Sussex Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. 

Insurers Dr Stuart Cairns works with

Dr Stuart Cairns works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • ESMI
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Freedom Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • HealthFund
  • InterGlobal
  • Medical Care Direct
  • PHC
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


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

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

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