Dr William Allister Dow



GMC number: 4285843

Practising since: 1996



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Dr Allister Dow practices multidisciplinary pain management. He treats all forms of acute and chronic pain.

He has particular interest and expertise in the following conditions

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • nerve (neuropathic) pain
  • complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • cancer pain
  • abdominal pain syndromes
  • pelvic pain
  • trochanteric bursitis.

He is a specialist in interventional pain management/injection therapies for pain including image-guided spinal injection therapies, radiofrequency denervation and pulsed radiofrequency techniques.

Dr Dow is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Royal Surrey Foundation Trust in Guildford. He has been involved in international research in both anaesthesia and pain medicine and has numerous publications to his name.

Until 2011 Dr Dow was a serving officer in the Royal Navy and completed 17 years of service. He has served around the world on surface ships and has deployed to Iraq providing medical support to our servicemen and women.

Dr Dow regularly gives talks and educational workshops to GP’s and other medical audiences speaking in particular about modern approaches to multidisciplinary pain management and interventional pain procedures.

Dr Dow trained in medicine at the University of Birmingham where he qualified as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1996. He went on to train at the Wessex School of Anaesthesia, gaining accreditation as consultant anaesthetist in 2008. During this time he trained as a specialist in pain management at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and at Southampton University Hospitals. In addition he worked for one year in Vancouver, Canada, specialising in Neuroanaesthesia.

For further information about Dr Dow please visit his educational and business website: www.surreypainsolutions.co.uk.

Special interests

  • Chronic and Acute Pain
  • Investigation and treatment
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Interventional pain management / Injection treatments
  • Multidisciplinary pain management
  • Spinal disorders.

Personal interests

Sailing, Diving & Fishing.

Languages spoken

English, French

Treatments and tests offered by Dr William Allister Dow at Nuffield Health

  • Blood test
  • General anaesthetic
  • Core biochemistry screens
  • Local anaesthetic
  • CT scan (or CAT scan)
  • Spinal anaesthetic
  • Osteoporosis screen
  • Epidural anaesthetic
  • Facet joint injections
  • MSK Ultrasound
  • Nerve blocks
  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • X-Ray Guided Facet Joint Injection
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • X-ray
  • MRI scan
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Ultrasound
  • Dorsal root ganglion block

Locations Dr William Allister Dow works with

Related experience


Dr Dow has written, edited and supported numerous medical research projects and articles on anaesthetic which can be found on PubMed.


  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Association of Anaesthetists
  • British Pain Society

Other posts held

  • Royal Surrey Foundation Trust. Consultant Anaesthetist. Consultant in Pain Management.

Insurers Dr William Allister Dow works with

Dr William Allister Dow 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
  • Health-on-Line
  • InterGlobal
  • PHC
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA


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