Mr Alan Woodward



GMC number: 2833732

Practising since: 1984


General Surgery

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  • Weekly clinics at the Vale and Cardiff Bay Hospital
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Alan has been a consultant general and colorectal surgeon for over 25 years. He was trained in Wales, Liverpool and the United States and was appointed consultant in 1995. His special interests are in hernia surgery, colorectal disease and surgery for gallbladder disease. 

Alan formed the Cardiff Hernia Clinic Ltd 15 years ago and as a result a significant amount of his work is both complex and routine hernia repair. His broad training and experience has lead to him being one of the few surgeons in the UK trained in a variety of hernia repair techniques including suture repair for patients wishing to avoid mesh. He also developed groin hernia repair under local anaesthesia particularly in the elderly, who may be unfit for general anaesthesia, and has one of the largest published series of inguinal hernia repair under local anaesthesia.

He has significant experience of undertaking groin repairs in sportsmen including elite athletes.

As an experienced colorectal surgeon who undertakes colonoscopy, Alan is a great believer in the early detection of bowel cancer as a means of improving survival.

Alan has dedicated years of his career publishing and is a member of Researchgate, which consistently recognises him as the most widely published researcher at Cwm Taf University health board.

He is committed to medical education and is Honorary Undergraduate Lecturer for surgery in the Cardiff University Medical School and is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons. Alan is a devoted father and enjoys spending time with his wife and young family. He is also a passionate Liverpool Football Club supporter.

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Special interests

  • Hernia surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Endoscopy - gastroscopy and colonoscopy
  • Colorectal disease

Other interests

Hernia surgery, Colorectal disease, Surgery for gallbladder disease and Laparoscopic Surgery.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Alan Woodward at Nuffield Health

  • Colonoscopy
  • The Rafaelo® Procedure
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Hernia repair

Locations Mr Alan Woodward works with

Related experience

Other posts held

  • Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon Royal Glamorgan Hospital
  • Honorary Undergraduate Lecturer for surgery in the Cardiff University Medical School
  • Director Cardiff Hernia Clinic Limited
  • Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons

Insurers Mr Alan Woodward works with

Mr Alan Woodward 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
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


Mr Alan Woodward does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Alan Woodward does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Alan Woodward does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.