Miss Joanna Reed - Consultant General Surgeon, Oaks Hospital, Essex

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Miss Joanna B Reed - General Surgery

Miss Joanna Reed is a Consultant General Surgeon at Oaks Hospital, specialising in hernias, laparoscopic cholecystectomy and upper GI problems, gastroscopy, reflux and lumps/bumps.

Based at: Oaks Hospital | Get directions | Go to hospital website

Clinical interests

Miss Reed specialises in laparoscopic (keyhole) general surgery including surgery for all types of abdominal hernia (s) including groin (inguinal and femoral), umbilical, incisional and all other hernias of the abdominal wall.


She has a specialist interest in the treatment of gallstones (gall stones) / gallbladder (gall bladder), including laparoscopic cholecystectomy and treatment for advanced and difficult problems such as common duct stones and previous partial cholecystectomy.

She also treats benign upper GI problems including surgery for gastro-intestinal reflux and achalasia and carries out gastroscopy. She performs laparoscopic splenectomy for haematological conditions. She is happy to see and treat lumps and bumps and minor skin lesions as well.

Academic background

Miss Reed trained at Nottingham University Medical School, After her house jobs she worked as an anatomy demonstrator, studying and teaching anatomy for a year. She was one of the first women to win a Research Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1993. Her surgical training included a year working in Melbourne, Australia at Monash Medical Centre.

On her return she completed two years of specialised laparoscopic training in the Yorkshire region with some of the foremost laparoscopic surgeons in the UK. She worked on the Professorial Unit at Leeds General Infirmary receiving intensive training in advanced laparoscopic techniques and pancreatic surgery, before moving to finish her training at Hull Royal Infirmary gaining much advanced laparoscopic experience.

She started her first consultant post at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in July 2000. After five years she became Head of the Department of Surgery at the hospital. She gained an excellent reputation for her laparoscopic teaching and in September 2007 moved to Colchester to be part of the internationally renowned Iceni Centre for training in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.

Professional Memberships

Miss Reed gained final Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in February 2000, and is a member of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons and the Association of Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgeons as well as the Women in Surgery group.

NHS base

Colchester Hospital Foundation NHS Trust

Clinic Times

Monday am & Thursday am (NHS clinics only)

01206 987669