Mr Alastair Windsor is a specialist colorectal surgeon in London and is widely regarded as a leader in the field of coloproctology. He runs a busy private practice, including all aspects of colorectal surgery, in the heart of London’s medical mile at the London Digestive Centre, 41 Welbeck Street.
The London Digestive Centre is the only integrated gastrointestinal facility in London that includes teams or GI physicians and surgeons as well as dedicated radiology (CT and MRI), pathology and nursing expertise to manage all aspects of gastrointestinal illness.
His aim is to provide the highest standard of surgical care with exceptional clinical, diagnostic and technical expertise. He has pioneered a team-based approach to surgical practice and now heads up London Digestive Surgery, working alongside other senior surgeons to provide comprehensive clinical and operative care. This is becoming the gold standard for operative care particularly on complex cases. He only uses the finest facilities for your diagnostic and therapeutic needs.
His surgical team is supported by the facilities of one of the finest private clinics in Europe, The Princess Grace Hospital. The Princess Grace provides unparalleled facilities with state of the art Radiology, Endoscopy and operating theatres. The practice is supported by its own dedicated nursing floor with direct access to intensive care as well as fast access to other expert medical teams if your clinical care requires it.
You need an Al Windsor to lead the field by example in patient-centred decision making. His ears excel at listening and hands excel in thatre
It's world IBD Day tomorrow. So much has changed since I was diagnosed. I am forever grateful to Chris Hawkey, IBD Royal London, Al Windsor and many others who have kept me going to reach my goal of becoming a Consultant Gastroenterologist looking after IBD patients.
He is the full package, an exceptionally gifted surgeon and a clear leader in a very complicated, niche area of IBD surgery
His specialty area is abdominal catastrophes in Crohn’s — when things go spectacularly wrong sometimes as a result of disease but also as a result of complications from previous surgery. You can sometimes see the gut through a hole in the abdomen with these patients — he salvages them.
He is thoughtful and careful and has the incredible quality of being a human being first and foremost — patients love him
They will be on intravenous feeding for months but he will reconstruct the bowel and abdominal wall together with a plastic surgeon - demanding six or seven-hour procedures.
His Approach to Surgical Care
Alastair Windsor’s surgical ethos is based around working in and leading a dedicated surgical teams. As a pioneer of enhanced surgical recovery in the UK he has adapted much of this surgical approach to his care of patients in the private sector.
He is a highly trained colorectal surgeon having been through UK surgical training in addition to the sitting a higher degree for surgical research in the US. He spent 9 years as Consultant Surgeon at the world-famous St Mark’s Hospital and then moved with colleagues to set up an equally renowned colorectal unit at University College London Hospitals where he remains the senior colorectal surgeon.
Mr Windsor believes firmly, in a team-based approach to care. Within London Digestive Surgery he works very closely with Mr Ed Wescott a colleague and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Guys and St Thomas Hospital. The two surgeons operate together (at no extra cost) they care for the in patients together and provided on call cover for urgent and emergency problems. Mr Windsor believes this comprehensive approach provides the best possible care for his patients. He has forged a similar team approach to the surgical management of complex endometriosis with Mr Alfred Cutner, Consultant Gynaecological with joint care and operating at King Edward VII Hospital, London.
Meeting the Patients Needs; Combining Excellence with a Personal and Seamless Patient Experience
The team recognise that experiencing an illness or worrying about symptoms can be highly stressful. Our friendly and experienced administrative staff will help you book an appointment to see Mr Windsor. During your consultation, you will have an opportunity to meet with a member of our nursing team. Our team have immediate access to first-class diagnostic services and will allow your investigations to be carried out without delay with the results electronically returned to the surgeon. Our paperless electronic patient management system allows us to direct book any theatre session required and direct times and dates can be discussed with you for convenience.
The Working Week
Mr Windsor runs routine clinics on Tuesday and Thursday. In addition, he runs an occasional clinic at the brand new HCA facility in Chiswick on a Saturday morning (free parking available) which again is a dedicated diagnostic and treatment facility with access to immediate CT, MRI and Ultrasound.
Urgent and ad hoc patients can usually be accommodated at other times if required, please contact his secretarial team to arrange these.
He operates at the Princess Grace all day Wednesday and at King Edward VII on Monday afternoon/evening with Mr Cutner.
Mr Windsor is a fee assured provider with BUPA and AXA and works with all the major insurance companies. He and his admin team are very happy to discuss and facilitate competitive ‘self-pay’ packages as required.
Supporting the Patient Journey
Our senior clinical nurse specialist’s run a pre-assessment clinic that you may wish to utilise prior to any operation. During this time you will have an opportunity to discuss your patient journey through admission, operation, recovery and discharge. They are also able to arrange any preoperative investigation that may be required prior to admission thus making absolutely sure that everything is organised for a simple and safe admission to hospital.
In addition, they run a direct access clinic that you can access to having been discharged, so minor issues and concerns can be immediately addressed by someone who knows your clinical case. Follow-up clinics with Mr Windsor are automatically booked on admission to hospital to be clear and sure that you have the appropriate care following discharge.