Private Obstetric Service
Our Private Obstetric Service is provided by Mr Andrew McCarthy and Mr William Dennes.
Mr Andrew McCarthy is a Consultant Obstetrician at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is a specialist obstetrician with an interest in high-risk obstetrics and obstetric medicine, and has holds an NHS consultant post. He performs specialist clinics on a weekly basis in diabetes, renal and lupus in pregnancy, and in haemostasis and blood clotting problems as they affect pregnancy. He sees patients on an alternate week basis with sickle disease. In addition to outpatient work, he has regular sessional work on delivery suite in addition to on-call commitments.
He sees private patients at 92 Harley Street and in Sainsbury Wing Outpatients in Hammersmith Hospital. All his deliveries are conducted on the main delivery suite at Queen Charlotte’s, which is a fully equipped and well-staffed delivery suite, with excellent back-up services. Regional anaesthesia is conducted by specialist obstetric anaesthetists, and Hammersmith Hospital medical staff are available for medical emergencies. The neonatal intensive care unit at Queen Charlottes is one of the largest in the UK.
During the course of pregnancy, Mr McCarthy is happy to see patients as often as is necessary for peace of mind. He generally recommends an early scan to date the pregnancy, a scan as necessary at 12 weeks depending on wishes regarding Downs screening, and an ‘anomaly’ scan at 20 weeks. Scans after this time will be arranged on an as-needed basis or upon patient request. In-patient care is provided on Stanley Clayton Ward, which provides a high level of service, en-suite accommodation, and is staffed by a dedicated team of midwifes. Visits to the ward and the unit can be arranged either at the time of booking or approaching delivery. Antenatal classes are available. These delivery arrangements provide an excellent blend between the comfort of personal attention for outpatient visits, comfortable inpatient stays and the provision of the very best hospital back up services in case of emergencies either before or after delivery.
Mr William Dennes is a Consultant Obstetrician and Sub-specialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. He is a Consultant at King’s College Hospital, London. He works both in the NHS and Privately, looking after mothers at both King’s College Hospital (the Guthrie Wing) and the Portland Hospital. Mr Dennes is experienced in the management of women in pregnancy, and has a special interest in multiple pregnancies and high-risk obstetric cases. He is accredited as a sub-specialist in fetal and maternal medicine, and is experienced in all aspects of antenatal ultrasound imaging (both conventional and 3D/4D). Mr Dennes is accredited with the Fetal Medicine Foundation and routinely carries out invasive prenatal diagnostic testing (amniocentesis and chorionic villous sampling).
- MB BS – Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (University of London)
- MRCOG – Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London
- PhD – Imperial College, London
Mr Dennes graduated in London and subsequently went on to specialised training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London and the North West Thames region. Initially training at the Hammersmith Hospital (under Prof Winston) he returned to Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals for further postgraduate research, completing his PhD thesis on the Molecular mechanisms involved in preterm labour, with Prof Phillip Bennett. Following completion of training in obstetrics and Gynaecology he underwent sub-speciality training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, at the Centre for Fetal, Care at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital (under Prof Nicholas Fisk) a nationally recognised fetal medicine centre. He completed sub-specialty training in maternal and fetal medicine in 2005. He was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician at King’s College Hospital in London, with a specialist interest in fetal medicine, where he works in the Harris Birthright Centre for Research, with Prof Kypros Nicolaides.Mr Dennes has contributed to publications in the field of obstetrics and fetal medicine, and reviews papers for peer-reviewed journals. He has contributed chapters to: ‘Proceedings of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’, ‘Fetal Medicine’, ‘The Unborn patient: the art and science of fetal therapy’, ‘Progress in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the ‘Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Yearbook’. He is a member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, and the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society. View Mr William Dennes’ publications