Dr Maxton Pitcher

Dr Maxton Pitcher

MA (Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), MD (Cantab), FRCP

Gastroenterology

Recommended by 1 specialist
34 years of experience
24 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

4.9

Bedside Manner

4.93

Explanation

4.9

Top feedback

“Really lovely man. Very understanding and reassuring. I have 100% confidence in him and would very highly recommend him to anyone. Very kind and very understanding and took time to explain procedures and results in a sensitive and reassuring way. “
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Subspecialties

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease
  • Pancreaticobiliary Medicine (Bile Ducts & Pancreas)
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • Royal College of Physicians: 046379
  • General Medical Council: 3284212
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £180

    Practices worked at

    The Clementine Churchill Hospital

    Sudbury Hill, Harrow, London, United Kingdom, HA1 3RX
    736 reviews

    St. Mark's Hospital

    Watford Rd, Middlesex, Harrow, Harrow, United Kingdom, HA1 3UJ
    43 reviews

    OneWelbeck Digestive Health

    1 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, United Kingdom, W1G0AR
    17 reviews

    Specialist's working hours

    Mon
    17:30 - 19:30
    Tue
    13:00 - 19:00
    Wed
    14:00 - 20:00
    Thu
    12:00 - 13:00
    Fri
    14:30 - 18:00
    Sat
    Not available
    Sun
    Not available

    About

    Dr Maxton Pitcher is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist and sees private patients at BMI The Clementine Hospital and also at OneWelbeck Digestive Health. His NHS base is at the internationally-respected St Mark’s Hospital, a specialist centre for digestive diseases at Northwick Park in Harrow. He is renowned for being a highly-experienced diagnostician and for his specialist expertise in therapeutic upper GI endoscopy and ERCP. He has a research interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and general Gastroenterology interests including undiagnosed abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and eosinophilic oesophagitis. He is available for face-to-face consultations and welcomes referrals for a second opinion in difficult cases. Telephone and video consultations have become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic and can be booked via his private secretary, Amanda Jolly. A bespoke service is available upon request.

    Dr Pitcher trained in Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and later qualified from the University of Oxford in 1988. He completed a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was elected as Chairman of Medicine at St Mark’s by his colleagues in 2007 and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital in 2010.

    Maxton is an accomplished classical violinist and Concertmaster of the European Doctors Orchestra. He has featured on the Sky News Kay Burley Show and his musical videos of live performance to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have been seen by hundreds of thousands on-line all over the world. He is also a keen golfer, SCUBA diver and occasional horse rider.


    Procedures

    • Colonoscopy
    • Endoscopy (OGD)
    • Gastroscopy
    • Bowel Cancer Screening
    • Capsule Endoscopy
    • ERCP Procedure
    • FibroScan
    • Liver Biopsy
    • Oesophageal Stent Insertion
    • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
    • Sigmoidoscopy
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    Special interests

    • Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis)
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Bloating
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Acid Reflux
    • Rectal Bleeding
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Pelvic Pain
    • Upper Gastrointestinal Conditions (Oesophagus & Stomach)
    • Coeliac Disease
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhoea
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    • Iron Deficiency Anaemia
    • Achalasia
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Autoimmune Hepatitis
    • Barrett's Oesophagus
    • Cholestasis
    • Cirrhosis
    • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
    • Fatty Liver Disease
    • Food Intolerance
    • Functional Bowel Disease
    • Gallstones
    • Gastric (Stomach) Ulcers
    • Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) or Reflux
    • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
    • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • Haemochromatosis
    • Heart Burn
    • Hiatus Hernia
    • Jaundice
    • LPR Reflux
    • Liver Disease
    • Oesophageal Cancer
    • Oesophageal Spasm
    • Oesophagitis
    • Pancreatitis
    • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
    • Primary Billiary Cholangitis (PBC)
    • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
    • Pyloric Stenosis
    • Swollen Stomach
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    Education

    • St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge: MA, MD
    • Magdalen College, University of Oxford: BM BCh 
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London: FRCP
    • British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
    • European Crohn's and Colitis Oragnisation (ECCO)
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    Reviews

    4.91 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    4.9
    Bedside Manner
    4.93
    Explanation
    4.9
    Colonoscopy
    31/126
    Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis)
    30/126
    Crohn’s Disease
    18/126
    Gastroenterology
    12/126
    Bloating
    11/126
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    5/126
    Acid Reflux
    4/126
    Rectal Bleeding
    4/126
    Colorectal Cancer
    3/126
    Endoscopy (OGD)
    3/126
    Gastroscopy
    3/126
    Pelvic Pain
    3/126
    Upper Gastrointestinal Conditions (Oesophagus & Stomach)
    3/126
    Bowel Cancer Screening
    2/126
    Coeliac Disease
    2/126
    Constipation
    2/126
    Diarrhoea
    2/126
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    2/126
    Iron Deficiency Anaemia
    2/126
    Achalasia
    1/126
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Really lovely man. Very understanding and reassuring. I have 100% confidence in him and would very highly recommend him to anyone. Very kind and very understanding and took time to explain procedures and results in a sensitive and reassuring way.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Has been very helpful
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Excellent. Friendly, informative and helpful. Always very polite and caring. Always puts me at ease and makes me feel better.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Super. An exceptional man with an enormous amount of patience, a sense of humour - Very knowledgeable and caring. A gentleman who is at the top of his profession and has been for many, many years He should never be allowed to retire - He is a one off A gentleman
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Mr Pitcher has treated me with kindness,always speaks to me clearly and concisely,he makes sure I know what is going to happen next,and always asks me if I have anything I want to ask him,he is the most thorough consultant I have been lucky enough to be treated by,
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Really pleased with Dr Pitcher’s friendliness and knowledge of my past history. Explained everything to me clearly and gave me options. Very happy with the service.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Dr Pitcher, explained everything in detail prior to the procedure and put me at ease by explaining what would take place.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Very kind, gentle and made me feel calm. Really excellent
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    From 1st meeting through to the procedure it run very professionally . He was reassuring but also clear about the potential outcome. Super bedside manner that projected decades of experience at his job. Always felt I was in safe hands. Great job Dr Pitcher and team
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    Overall Experience (1/5)
    Bedside Manner (1/5)
    Explanation (1/5)
    Dr.Pitcher did not ask enough questions about my symptoms. He quickly concluded that the symptoms I was experiencing were part of my IBS, and offered no explanation on why he doesn't think it's anything else even after I explained that I've had IBS for 16 years and this is the first time I've experienced symptoms like this and it's the first time I've need a gastroenterologist. He did not take my concerns seriously, and again offered no explanation on why those concerns were unlikely. He was in a rush to prescribe a medication that was only available on private prescription, but again offered no explanation on why this medication was only available on private prescription (e.g. whether it had side effects), what this medication will do and whether this is something I might need to be on for the rest of my life. In conclusion, the "diagnosis" was made very quickly with very few questions asked and barely any examination, no explanation was given on why and how this diagnosis was made given the limited info, no explanation was given on the prescribed medication and on the long term management of this, no explanation was given on the concerns I had and none of my questions were answered.
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    Maxton Pitcher

    I am very disappointed that you did not feel listened to or taken seriously. I can assure you that this was not the case on my part. A diagnosis of IBS is not one of exclusion. It is a positive diagnosis usually made at the first consultation on the basis of clinical criteria supported by internationally-agreed guidelines, all of which were followed. Your GP had already supplied me with the results of comprehensive investigations in Primary Care. You were offered limited further investigation in your own time and you agreed to be prescribed the only licensed medication for your symptoms as a 30 day therapeutic trial. This again is supported by clinical guidelines. I don't raise expectations that patients can be "fixed" after a single consultation. Often, the path to treatment success is a series of consultations where an empathetic, trusting therapeutic doctor-patient relationship can be fostered and anxieties freely explored. I have submitted a formal response to the points you have raised and offered a follow-up consultation free of charge. I have also suggested a second opinion for you to consider. I wish you well in your outcome.

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    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 specialist
    Professor Omar Faiz
    Professor Omar Faiz
    General Surgery
    Is a colleague
    Recommended for:
    Crohn’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis)

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