Mr James Hewes


MB, ChB, MD, FRCS (Gen Surg)

GMC number: 4184368

Practising since: 1995


General Surgery

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Mr James Hewes is a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital. He believes obesity is a stigmatising and damaging disease, not a lifestyle choice and is passionate about the transformative changes in health and wellbeing that weight loss interventions provide.

Working with Verve Health Group, Mr Hewes provides all types of laparoscopic (keyhole) weight loss procedures, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding. He also performs revision procedures such as band adjustment or replacement, or conversion to different bariatric operations.

He has performed over 700 major weight loss procedures, and developed an outstanding national-leading enhanced recovery programme. He is dedicated to improving outcomes in surgery and has an excellent safety profile, as published nationally via the Surgeon Specific Outcome dataset, available from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry.

Verve Health Group is dedicated to multidisciplinary working practices that include experts in bariatric surgery, dietetics, psychology, anaesthetics, pharmacology and radiology. Together, they provide an holistic package and outstanding support throughout this life changing process, while the team at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital offer state-of-the-art perioperative care in a welcoming environment.

Mr Hewes’ NHS practise is at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, which is the regional tertiary referral bariatric centre, at which he was the lead clinician for over 10 years. He is particularly interested in education and debunking many of the myths and prejudice surrounding obesity. He regularly gives teaching to GPs and other healthcare professionals, and trains local and visiting surgeons.

In addition to weight loss procedures, Mr Hewes also provides laparoscopic surgery of all types of gallstone disease, usually performed as day case or enhanced recovery short stay.

Special interests

  • Laparoscopic management of gallstone disease including cholecystectomy and bile duct exploration
  • Laparoscopic and open hernia repair (groin, abdominal wall, incisional, umbilical)
  • Anti-reflux and Hiatus Hernia Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery including Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy, Intragastric balloon placement

Personal interests

When away from work, James spends much of his time with his family and three energetic children. He is a keen sportsman and you may meet him cycling on the roads around Bristol. He is an avid reader, a lover of music, and a lapsed potter.

Languages spoken


Treatments and tests offered by Mr James Hewes at Nuffield Health

  • Gastric band (lap banding)
  • Obesity surgery (or weightloss surgery)
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Gastric bypass
  • Swallowable Gastric Pill Balloon

Locations Mr James Hewes works with


    3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

    0117 906 4870
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Related experience


  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
  • Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS)
  • British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)
  • International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon and Lead Clinician, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital

Insurers Mr James Hewes works with

Mr James Hewes works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Benenden Health
  • WPA


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

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

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