She was appointed as the first female Consultant General Surgeon at the Royal United Hospital Bath in 2013. She has since become nationally recognised for the development of Surgical Ambulatory Care, which streamlines patients to rapid day-case keyhole surgery where possible. This model is now being replicated by other hospitals throughout the UK and abroad.
Miss Richards graduated in Medicine from the University of Bristol in 1997. She gained her membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2001. She subsequently undertook a two-year Doctorate in Medicine. She was then appointed on a Specialist Higher Surgical Training scheme and gained wide operative experience in units including Cambridge and Bristol. Sarah is a JAG accredited upper gastrointestinal endoscopist and trainer.
During her career, Sarah has won a number of awards and has published extensively in medical peer-reviewed journals. In 2016 she was awarded Surgical Trainer of the Year in the South-West of England. Sarah is a National Clinical Lead at NHSElect in General Surgery and a Specialty Advisor in Emergency General Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons. She is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Examiner for the University of Bristol Medical School. She holds a post-graduate certificate in medical education.
Sarah has a strong background in Quality Improvement and Medical Leadership. She has previously completed a Vanguard Fellowship for Emerging Leaders and most recently has undertaken a year-long Fellowship with the Health Foundation and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Sarah is a Forces wife and has two young children. She is a keen skier, enjoys travel and cooking.
Consultant Surgeon at the Royal United Hospital, Bath
Minimally invasive (keyhole) abdominal surgery- particularly operations for gallstones.
Hernia surgery- laparoscopic and open surgery, general and local anaesthetic techniques. All techniques are available by Miss Richards’ so best practice can be offered on an individual basis.
Symptomatic gallstone disease, acute biliary disease, laparoscopic hernia outcomes, emergency laparotomy, sepsis, emergency general surgery.
Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) and Specialist Advisor on Emergency General Surgery.
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
Association of Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgeons (AUGIS)
British Hernia Society (BHS)
National Forum of Acute Surgeons (NFAS)- Council Member
British Association of Ambulatory Emergency Care (BAAEC)- Council Member
NHSElect- Surgical Advisor
“I appreciate all that you did, and you gave me great care, so it is a very personal thank you.”
“Thank you very much for your professional care and attention. No one likes to be reminded of their very human frailty. You perfectly matched professionalism and empathy and I am very grateful for that.”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you for the way in which you treated my husband with such kindness and efficiency.”
“I am writing to thank you so much for sorting out my gallbladder. I received very good care and I am well on the mend now.”
“I just wanted to thank you for carrying out my operation. I am so pleased to have had it done by you. After months of pain, I have now started planning nice things.”
“Thank you for the expert handiwork in putting me back together.”
“I continue to experience one less pain because of your expertise in removing my gallbladder with keyhole surgery- it was a complete success”.
“Thank you. I am very fortunate that through your skill my operation went so well”.
“Thank you for your tenderness and professional care”.
“Thank you very much for your kind and expert care. I was in so much pain and you were my angel of mercy. Your kindness and professionalism is much appreciated.”