Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest



GMC number: 4322652

Practising since: 1996


General Surgery

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Mr Priest qualified at the University of Manchester in 1996. He completed his specialist training in London and then undertook a dedicated surgical oncology fellowship with Professor Hanna at St Mary’s Hospital in 2010. He was first appointed to a consultant post at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2011.

He developed advanced laparoscopic skills for complex upper gastrointestinal surgery at the MATTU centre of excellence and learnt how to perform laparoscopic hernia surgery using the TEP technique. Mr Priest went on to work with Professor Griffin at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals in the largest oesophagogastric unit in Europe, gaining further experience in all aspects of upper gastrointestinal surgery.

He moved to a permanent position at the University Hospitals North Midlands in 2015 and has settled in Staffordshire with his wife and two young boys.

Mr Priest has expertise in a variety of general surgical conditions including gallstones, reflux disease, dyspepsia, oesophageal motility disorders and all types of abdominal wall hernia. He is committed to providing the best possible standard of expert care in a safe and comfortable environment. Mr Priest always uses a patient-centred approach to discuss available treatment options and offers surgical techniques tailored specifically to individual need.

Special interests

Minimal access surgery for benign and complex oesophageal conditions including reflux disease, hiatus hernia and motility disorders
Gallstone disease
Laparoscopic hernia repair
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy

Other interests

Oesophagogastric cancer
Oesophageal physiology and manometry

Personal interests

Running, hiking and football, and teaching classical guitar.
Rugby coach to the Under-8s at Eccleshall RUFC.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest at Nuffield Health

  • Gastroesophageal
  • Appendicectomy
  • Gastroscopy (or gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy)
  • Open surgery groin hernia repair
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair
  • Reflux surgery (fundoplication)
  • Hernia repair
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Excision of skin lesion
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder removal)
  • Laparoscopic groin hernia repair
  • Diagnostic endoscopy
  • Laparoscopic reflux surgery (fundoplication)
  • Abdominal adhesion surgery
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Bilateral (inguinal) hernia repair
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Hernia unilateral
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)

Locations Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest works with

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Mr Priest has a comprehensive academic training in cancer biology and surgical oncology, having completed a full time postgraduate research post leading to the successful award of a PhD degree from Imperial College London for his thesis on the role of heme oxygenase in oesophagogastric cancer.  
The main areas of research included investigating the spectrum of volatile compounds released from gastric headspace and compared the profile of gaseous metabolites in the exhaled breath of patients with oesophagogastric cancer to that of age-matched controls.  
Mr Priest gained practical experience in cell culture, flow cytometry, Western blotting, immunostaining and microscopy, with expertise in molecular biology techniques.  He received formal training in project management, communication skills, group dynamics and research methodology and successfully submitted numerous clinical studies for local ethics committee approval.  He presented his work at various national and international forums.  He has published in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a number of book chapters relating to recent surgical innovations.

Mr Priest developed and co-authored new national guidelines for the safe insertion of nasogastric tubes on behalf of the National Patient Safety Agency.  He is currently recruiting patients into high-quality NIHR portfolio studies and is the local Principal Investigator for national clinical trials.  


  • Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain (AUGIS)
  • Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ALSGBI)
  • International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE)
  • European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgeon, University Hospitals North Midlands

Insurers Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest works with

Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • Healix Healthcare
  • Freedom Health


Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Oliver Hartwell Priest does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

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