We have a team of five consultants who bring a range of special interests and expertise.
Dr Derek Willis, Lead Consultant
Dr Derek Willis is our Lead Consultant and, in addition, is responsible for the development of services in Telford and Wrekin. As Lead Consultant, Dr Willis represents the medical team at Board and Senior Management level contributing to strategic decision-making and represents the hospice at regional and national medical forums. Dr Willis oversees patients on our inpatient ward in Telford, runs our weekly outpatient clinic in Telford and works with local GPs and staff at the Princess Royal Hospital to improve awareness of the hospice and the services we provide. Dr Willis also supports our Telford-based Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and oversees our Education department.
Dr Claire Stockdale
Dr Claire Stockdale is our consultant in Wales and leads on developments in North Powys working with local GPs and other healthcare professionals to improve access to palliative care for patients living in the area. As part of her role Dr Stockdale works with our Powys-based CNS team offering advice and support. Dr Stockdale leads our Motor Neurone Disease clinic based in Shrewsbury and our outpatient clinic in Newtown, Powys. Since her appointment Dr Stockdale has worked closely with the local health board in Powys to address the needs of patients with progressive illnesses.
Dr Toria Stevens
Dr Toria Stevens oversees our newly refurbished Breidden ward in Shrewsbury and works closely with the multi-disciplinary team to deliver high quality care to our patients. As Lead Clinician for the Specialist Palliative Care Team within Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Dr Toria spends part of her time at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital reviewing patients on their wards and working with a team of Hospital Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists. She is also the Educational Supervisor for doctors training in Palliative Medicine at the Severn Hospice and works within the Speciality Training Committee for the West Midlands Deanery.
Dr Alice O’Connor
As our community services are expanding Dr O’Connor’s main focus is to work with GPs and other primary care providers to improve the palliative care provision in Shrewsbury and the surrounding area. As part of her role Dr O’Connor works with our Shrewsbury and Church Stretton based CNS teams providing advice and support to the team and patients. Alongside her work in the community Dr O’Connor also participates in the bone tumour clinic at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.
Dr Louise Gilhooley
Dr Louise Gilhooley currently looks after patients on our 8-bedded Perry ward in Shrewsbury. She works closely with the wider multidisciplinary team to provide good quality specialist palliative care to our patients. She has a particular interest in the palliative management of non-malignant conditions and is currently working to develop this service. In the future she hopes to be able to provide outpatient clinic time to review patients with non-malignant conditions who require palliation of symptoms and end of life care planning. She aims to develop stronger collaborations with colleagues in Renal, Respiratory and Cardiac Medicine.