Dan Willdridge

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Main areas of interest

My main interests are in paediatric anaesthesia and major trauma.  I also regularly provide anaesthesia for general surgery, orthopaedics, ENT and gynaecology.

Membership of learned societies

Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

Member of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Member of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Treasurer of the Tri-Service Anaesthetic Society

Research interest

I have no specific research interests but I have published papers on clinical governance and paediatric pre-operative fluid fasting.

Recent publications

2017 Newton R, Thomas M, Willdridge DJ, Stuart G. Using Quality improvement methods to reduce clear fluid fasting times in children on a preoperative ward. Pediatric Anesthesia 2017;27(8):793–800

Teaching interest

My NHS practice is in a large teaching hospital so I am regularly involved in teaching medical students, junior doctors and senior anaesthetic trainees. This includes lecturing on anaesthetic fellowship revision courses and regular bedside teaching. I am an instructor on Advanced Paediatric Life Support courses and faculty lead for paediatrics on the Military Operational Surgical Training simulation course.

Hospital(s) where have practicing rights

Spire Southampton

Wessex Nuffield


I trained in medicine in Manchester, qualifying in 2003. After junior doctor jobs in medicine, surgery and accident & emergency around the UK I spent two years as Regimental Medical Officer to a cavalry regiment in Germany. Following this I chose a career in anaesthesia, training in the West Midlands, Wessex region and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and obtaining my fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2012. I was appointed as a consultant anaesthetist to the Defence Medical Services in February 2016. My NHS practice is at Southampton General Hospital. I have deployed on two operational tours of Iraq and more recently deployed with a field hospital to Oman. I am a passionate skier and sailor and have been lucky enough during my military career to have represented my unit in alpine ski races and completed a rounding of Cape Horn by yacht. Away from all this I enjoy running, cycling and cooking, but nothing gives me more pleasure than just spending time with my family.