Mr Keith Poskitt



GMC number: 238649

Practising since: 1977


General Surgery, Vascular Surgery

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Mr Poskitt has extensive experience in both general and vascular surgery and has served the Gloucestershire NHS Trust as a Hernia & Venous Surgeon for over 30 years.  He now works solely at the Cheltenham Nuffield Hospital providing expert care in hernia and varicose vein treatments.

Having introduced keyhole surgery to Cheltenham for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) and gallbladder surgery, he subsequently introduced keyhole hernia surgery and keyhole varicose vein treatment to Cheltenham with his surgical colleague, Mr Mark Whyman. From 2004/5 they were able to offer Totally Extra Peritoneal (TEP laparoscopic surgery) for abdominal herniae and both duplex guided foam sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for varicose veins.

Over the last 15 years, he has performed well over 2,500 keyhole and 1,000 open procedures for all types of herniae including inguinal, femoral, obturator, spigelian, incisional and recurrent paraumbilical. Patients with a hernia require individual assessment to have a bespoke treatment plan. Some patients may not require surgery and can be treated conservatively. Others may require a procedure under local anaesthesia to reduce surgical risk and those fit for general anaesthesia would be offered keyhole (laparoscopic) procedure as a quality option.

Mr Poskitt established a Leg Ulcer Service to Cheltenham and then Gloucestershire in 1995 and has offered an accurate assessment to identify the cause (most commonly leaking vein valves) and then treat in early times, by surgery and subsequently with less invasive foam sclerotherapy and RFA. He and his team have now performed several thousand endovenous (Foam and RFA) procedures.

Mr Poskitt served the Gloucestershire NHS Trust as a General/Vascular Surgeon for over 30 years.  He now works solely at the Cheltenham Nuffield Hospital providing expert care in hernia and varicose vein treatments.

Patient Satisfaction

Mr Poskitt has received excellent patient feedback as may be seen by patient testimonials on the website poskittsurgical.ukPoskitt Surgical. Hernia, Varicose Vein, Leg Ulcer Specialist . In addition, his official appraisal document has demonstrated a feedback satisfaction survey rated as excellent for each of the 11 domains (45 patients). 

Personal interests

All sports particularly Rugby/Cricket, Travelling, Music, Dog walking, History, Part-time cooking!

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Keith Poskitt at Nuffield Health

  • Skin grafts for leg ulcers
  • Foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins
  • Laparoscopic groin hernia repair
  • Thread vein treatment (sclerotherapy)
  • Open surgery groin hernia repair
  • Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation for Varicose Veins
  • Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair
  • Hernia repair
  • Excision of skin lesion

Locations Mr Keith Poskitt works with

Related experience


Mr Poskitt developed a research interest while working for a MD thesis in the Professorial Unit at Charing Cross Hospital, London with Professor Roger Greenhalgh, Mr Charles McCollum and Mr Tim Cooke. He has maintained a research interest and has supervised a large number of trainee surgeons, nursing staff and vascular scientists. He has overseen several MD Doctoral theses and has personally published over 130 publications.

He has recently played a leading role on defining the management of severe venous disorders (ESCHAR paper Lancet 2012 & EVRA paper New England Journal of Medicine 2018) and has numerous venous publications. He has published and presented research on TEP hernia repairs demonstrating the cost benefit and advantages of keyhole surgery in inguinal hernia repair (BMJ 2011).

In addition, he has presented and published widely on open and laparoscopic abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery and the positive effect of hyperhidrosis treatment on the quality of life.

Please see Poskitt Venous News WebsiteKeith Poskitt - Venous News


  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
  • Member of Vascular Society GB & I
  • Member of Venous Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Other posts held

  • Cheltenham General Hospital

Insurers Mr Keith Poskitt works with

Mr Keith Poskitt works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA


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

Mr Keith Poskitt has the following interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital:

Has a 50% ownership in an ultrasound machine used at the hospital

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