Christian Barnick is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He works both in the National Health Service, at the Homerton University Hospital and as a private Consultant where he consults from his rooms at 212-214 Great Portland street.
Born in Kensington in 1960 he grew up in London and then on the South Coast where he went to Dover College. He then went up to study Medicine at Guys Hospital Medical School from which he qualified in 1984. Having worked as a Junior Doctor in Dover and Lewisham he obtained his full registration in 1985 when he started to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
His first job in the speciality was in South London at Kings College Hospital and the old Greenwich District Hospital. After 2 years at Senior House Officer level he took up a 2 year research post at Kings in the world acclaimed Urogynaecology department headed by Professor Cardozo.
His research was clinically based and investigated the role of physiological testing in the assessment of bladder function and the affect of drugs and surgery on the symptoms of bladder dysfunction. This was to become a lasting interest sub-specialist interest which continues as an important part of his practice.
In 1990 he obtained a training post as Registrar at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Here he practiced for three and a half years and developed strong skills in the care of pregnant women and a keen interest in difficult gynaecological surgery. He also completed his specialist exams and became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in 1991.
The Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomews hospital in the East End of London was his next appointment. Here he worked as a Senior Registrar and later as a Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at London University. This was a very busy appointment and introduced him to all the problems that are inherent in dealing with pregnancy in a high risk, socially deprived, multi-ethnic population. High risk obstetrics was a major part of this appointment but he also continued his interest in Urinary incontinence as well as obtaining Sub-Specialist Accreditation for his Minimally Invasive Surgical expertise from the RCOG.
In 1999 he became part of the Consultant staff at The Homerton University NHS Trust as a specialist in Obstetrics, Urogynaecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He also started to practice privately at The Portland, The London Clinic and St Johns and Elizabeth's Hospitals.
At the Homerton he was until recently the Lead Clinician in a busy Obstetrics and gynaecology department. The hospital was one of the first Foundation Trusts in the UK and delivers over 5000 babies annually. He is also the clinical lead for Urogynaecology and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Surgery.
At the Portland Hospital he supports the Midwifery Lead Delivery Service, delivers his own private patients and performs Gynaecological surgery.
His approach to obstetrics is that safety is paramount. Many women will express a keen desire to follow a particular process or plan for childbirth. These views are respected and are accommodated wherever appropriate, he feels that the process of childbirth is a matter of maternal choice and that care should be offered on an individual basis.
He has a keen interest in promoting natural childbirth combined with modern, medical intervention where appropriate. This open approach means that he is happy to support women who request low intervention childbirth, but also women who desire induction of labour or elective caesarean section.
Having practiced gynaecology for 25 years he has wide experience in all areas of gynaecology, which has seen many advances over recent years particularly in the area of minimally access endoscopic surgery (MAS). The main advantages with this type of surgery is that it is more precise, involves less tissue trauma, does not involve large ugly inscisions and allows a much quicker recovery from surgery. Mr Barnick has been actively involved in the development of these techniques and practices them to a very high standard. He is able to perform a wide range of endoscopic operations ranging from the very simple to the highly complex. All of his care is highly patient centred and individualized. Wherever possible surgery is avoided but if it must be performed then MAS techniques are employed.
He is widely published in the area of Urogynaecology and pelvic floor dysfunction and has contributed to magazine articles and major textbooks.
He is a member of many relevant sub-specialist organisations.and has presented at many national and international meetings.
He lives in Islington North London, 15 minutes from both the Homerton and the Portland hospitals and has three children the oldest of which has just started at medical school!
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