AS ONE MEDICAL Director retires at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, another is appointed and both are senior radiologists by trade.

The Trust has announced that Dr Ros Given-Wilson will become the Trust’s new medical director with responsibility for children’s and women’s services as well as the hospital’s diagnostic units and intensive care wards.

Dr Given-Wilson is set to succeed Dr Derek Dundas, also a senior radiologist, who will step down to enjoy his retirement after almost two years as one of the Trust’s trio of medical directors.

Dr Given-Wilson has been the Trust’s clinical director for diagnostics for the last two years. Before that she was for ten years the clinical lead for breast screening and then clinical lead for radiology for four years. She trained at Cambridge University, St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital before being appointed as a consultant at St George’s in 1989.

Trust chief executive, David Astley, said: “I am delighted to announce Ros’ appointment as medical director. Derek will be a tough act to follow and he will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues, but Ros is exactly what we were looking for. Alongside the Trust’s existing medical directors, her input, expertise and enthusiasm will help take St George’s forward and put us at the forefront of patient care.”

Commenting on her appointment, Dr Given-Wilson added: “I am looking forward to helping the Trust develop further as a centre of excellence, also to involving my professional colleagues more widely in shaping the future of St George’s.”

Dr Dundas has long been associated with St George’s Hospital. Having trained as a radiologist at the Tooting hospital in the late 1970s he went on to become the lead clinician for radiology at the Trust and then Clinical Director for Professional and Scientific Services for over five years. His career led him to become the Chairman of the George Cordiner Radiological Trust and he was also an inaugural member of the Service Review Committee of the Royal College of Radiologists.

“We are all saddened to see Derek leave,” adds David Astley. “He has really strengthened the Trust’s foundations for future clinical success, and I am sure everyone at St George’s will join me in wishing him the best for a well-deserved and relaxing retirement.”

Dr Dundas said: “St George’s has been a very big part of my life and I will miss it greatly. I have been a radiologist here for 30 years and in my time have seen huge improvements in patient care. St George’s has wonderful staff who work to give their best for their patients, and I will be watching contently and confidently from my retirement knowing that this will continue.”

Dr Ros Given-Wilson will begin as the Trust’s medical director in November when Dr Dundas will retire.

Notes to editors

  1. Dr Ros Given Wilson will join the Trust’s existing medical directors Mr Mike Bailey, responsible for surgery, cancer, neurosciences, cardiothoracic services and theatres, and Dr Chris Streather, responsible for all of medicine at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.