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Locum takes on permanent role

Locum takes on permanent role

Friday 15 December 2023

Locum takes on permanent role

Friday 15 December 2023

A long-term regular locum at the MSG has agreed to move to the island to take up a permanent job here.

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist - also known as Head and Neck surgeon - Andrew Pelser has already worked in Guernsey for six years but now will be a permanent member of the island's ENT team at the Medical Specialist Group.

Mr Pelser is joining the MSG team as one of its longest serving consultants steps down. He has been appointed as a replacement for Ear Nose and Throat surgeon Richard Vowles, who recently retired after 23 years at the MSG.

MSG chair Dr Steve Evans has previously spoken to Express about the group's recruitment challenges. 

He is delighted Mr Pelser has agreed to relocate permanently, saying his existing knowledge of current patients is a huge bonus for everyone. 

"Mr Pelser’s familiarity with MSG patients and his impressive level of experience and knowledge will be a huge benefit to the Head and Neck service.

"During his lengthy career, he has vastly improved the efficiency and clinical expertise of the teams he has supported, and I have no doubt he will continue to achieve great things in his new role at the MSG." 

Mr Pelser said his visits to the island over the past six years reminded him of his time working in Cornwall as a junior doctor. 

"I love the sea, whether in it or just next to it, and I’m hoping to install the same love into my children so that we can enjoy it together," he said. 

Relocating here permanently offers opportunities for his work as well as his personal life he explained. 

"I have been grateful to be a part of the MSG surgical team over the past six years and I am extremely pleased to now be assuming a permanent role here.

"My passion for surgery stems from the excitement it brings and the challenges it presents, but the most fulfilling part is the long-term relationships I can build with patients while supporting them through a difficult time.

"Being at the MSG on a permanent basis means I can continue to develop existing relationships with patients who I have come to know over the past six years, which is something I am particularly looking forward to."

About Mr Pelser 

Head and Neck Surgeon Andrew Pelser attended medical school in South Africa, and then took up a position as a junior doctor in the UK.

He spent four years in Cornwall which instilled a love of the sea in him which aided his decision to move to Guernsey now.

After his time as a junior doctor in Cornwall, Mr Pelser completed his specialist training back in South Africa and then in 2014 he took up a consultant post at Brighton Sussex University hospitals.

This role saw Mr Pelser appointed the Head and Neck Lead for the ENT department there from 2014 to 2023.

During his time with the Head and Neck cancer team in Brighton, the service went from being ranked the bottom third in the UK to being within the top 10% in just a couple of years.


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