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Dr David Mayhew

Date: 30 September 2015 11:35

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Sue Macklin

0151 600 1396



  • Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care 
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Area of Practice:

  • Cardiac and thoracic anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.

Special Clinical Interests

  • Anaesthesia for patients with congenital cardiac disease.  Level 4 organ support. Management of acute pain after cardiothoracic surgery. 

Research Interests

  • Interested primarily in population-based data handling and meta-analysis.
  • Special interest in research into the management of acute post-surgical pain, the use of adjuvant regional anaesthetic techniques and the use of pre-emptive analgesia.
  • Secondary interest in the quantification of coagulation, particularly the role of near patient testing systems.
  • Co-ordinator for the national resternotomy audit.  Local data handler for perioperative intravenous iron to treat anaemia in major surgery (PREVENTT) trial.

Current Membership of Professional Regional and National Bodies  

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthesia. 
  • Member of the Association of Anesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Member of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care.
  • Member of the British Society of Echocardiographers.

Languages Spoken   

  • English

Why choose LHCH?             

  • A warm and welcoming environment for staff and patients alike.  LHCH provides the very highest standards of care available, combined with an exemplary culture of learning and development. 

Training and Education

  • Trained at Royal Free and University College medical school.  Completed early training in the South Thames region and moved to the North West in 2010.
  • Completed specialist anaesthetic training in 2017 and undertook a fellowship in adult congenital cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.  This allowed development of skills in the management of highly complex adult congenital cardiac surgery, thoracic transplantation and the management of extracorporeal cardio-respiratory support systems (both ventricular assist devices, VV and VA ECMO).


  • Loizou E, Mayhew D, Martlew V and Murthy BVS. Implications of Deranged Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APPT) for Anaesthesia and Surgery.  Anaesthesia. In press.
  • Mayhew D, Sahgal N, Khirwadkar R, Hunter JM, Banerjee A. Analgesic efficacy of bilateral superficial cervical plexus block for thyroid surgery: meta-analysis and systematic review.  Br J Anaesth. 2018 Feb;120(2):241-251
  • Mayhew D, Swaraj S, Murthy BVS.  Nausea and Vomiting in Daycase Surgery - a Quality Indicator.  Journal of One Day Surgery 2017; 26(3): 10
  • Mayhew D, Ridgway D, Hunter JM. Update on the intraoperative management of adult cadaveric renal transplantation. BJA Education 2016; 16(2): 53-57
  • Mayhew D, Palmer K. Inotropes. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine 2015; 16(10): 508–512       
  • Mayhew D. Acute Subglottic Stenosis: An Uncommon Culprit.  Anaesthesia 2014; 69: 95
  • Mayhew D, Wild C. A Parturient with Complex von-Willebrands Disease.  Anaesthesia 2014; 69: 96
  • Sharma N, Mayhew D, Banerjee A. Magnesium as an adjunct to brachial plexus blockade – a meta-analysis.  Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine 2016; 41(5): 162
  • Mayhew D, Lynes J. Carotid Artery Stenting Risks and Anaesthetic Techniques: a Single Centre Experience.  NASGBI ASM Supplement 2015; 1: 24
  • Mayhew D, Davies M.  Hospital food can only be improved by legislation. BMJ 2013; 347: f7300
  • Mayhew D, Davies M. Importance of clarifying patients’ desired roles in shared decision making to match their level of engagement with their preferences. BMJ 2013; 347: f7066