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Kathryn McCarthy

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

, Bristol, Avon

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Kathryn McCarthy: Colorectal Surgeon and Pelvic Floor Specialist in Bristol

Miss Kathryn McCarthy is a Bristol-based Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with a special interest in pelvic floor conditions and continence. She offers private treatment for problems such as bowel incontinence following childbirth, haemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, anal tears and complex endometriosis at Litfield House Medical Centre in Clifton.

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Training and experience

Miss Kathryn McCarthy qualified in medicine from University College London in 1998. She undertook her higher surgical training in London and Wessex, including a year of specialist training in gynaecology at the Princess Ann Hospital in Southampton. She completed her training with a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery in Glasgow.

Kathryn has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust since 2012, where she specialises in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, pelvic surgery and endometriosis. Since taking up her post, she has furthered her practice with another secondment into gynaecology in order to develop services for women with bowel symptoms who have experienced obstetric and sphincter injuries, those with complex endometriosis and to further the management of women who have pelvic organ prolapse affecting the bowel and vagina.

Kathryn has also established a dedicated service for patients with faecal incontinence and evacuatory disorders at North Bristol NHS Trust. She is an active member of the Bristol Pelvic Floor MDT, North Bristol Continence Group and is co-director for the Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team, Bristol Health Partners. She is also a proctology committee member for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (Royal College of Surgeons).

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Kathryn offers expert advice and treatment for the following conditions in a comfortable and supporting environment:

  • Anal conditions (lumps/tears/infections, etc)
  • Anal incontinence
  • Anal sphincter injuries after childbirth
  • Bowel incontinence after childbirth
  • Bowel dysfunction after childbirth and after menopause
  • Complex endometriosis
  • Evacuatory disorders (difficulties going to the toilet)
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Pilonidal disease
  • Rectal prolapse

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Private practice

Kathryn is available for private consultation at Litfield House Medical Centre in the Clifton area of Bristol, where she endeavours to offer clinic-based medical and surgical treatments for anal problems.


Initial consultation + anoscopy


Initial consultation + anoscopy + rigid sigmoidoscopy


Follow up consultation


For more information on procedure prices visit The McCarthy Clinic.

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Research interests

Kathryn is actively involved in research and has 60 peer reviewed publications. Her research interests include surgical outcomes in older, frail patients and translational research into colorectal cancer. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Bristol and has supervised PhD studentships, as well as nurse-led research projects.

Kathryn is a member of the University of Bristol’s Scientific Board for the Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme and has been NIHR lead for surgical research, West of England since 2015.

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Professional details



Qualified in 1998 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 4526384
    Date of registration: 04-Aug-1999

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