Specialties and experience

Mrs Caroline Overton, Consultant GynaecologistSpecialties

Specialties: Gynaecology; Keyhole/Laparoscopic Surgery; Endometriosis; Fibroids; Gynaecological and early pregnancy ultrasound scanning; pre-menstrual symptoms, perimenopause, menopause and hormone replacement; reproductive (fertility) medicine and surgery.

Managing debilitating menopausal symptoms (pdf)

Other Interests: prolapse, pelvic pain and endometriosis, period problems

Membership of organizations

Past chair NICE guideline committee developing guidance on the diagnosis and management of endometriosis. The guidance was published in September 2017.

Past Chair of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units setting standards for emergency care across the UK for women with miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

Past Chair of the Guidelines Committee at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists producing guidelines for best practice for doctors and information for women.

Former Medical Advisor for Endometriosis UK working to reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment for women with this condition and author of Living with Endometriosis.

Former Consultant advisor for Swiss Precision Diagnostics (Clearblue pregnancy tests).

Publications and books

I have written several books on reproductive (fertility) medicine and surgery, laparoscopic surgery and endometriosis:

  • Good Clinical Practice in Assisted Reproduction, Cambridge University Press 2004 written in English with translation into Greek
  • Atlas of Endometriosis, Informa Healthcare (3rd Edition) 2006 written in English with translation into Japanese
  • Infertility The Facts, Oxford University Press 2008

Qualifications and what they mean

MBBS 1987 Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine London Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (qualification as a doctor)

MRCOG 1996 Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologist (specialist qualification in Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

MD 1996 University of London. (Higher degree in Endometriosis and pelvic pain.)

Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery 2000. This is a higher qualification in Reproductive (Fertility) Medicine and Fertility (laparoscopic) surgery.

FHEA 2007 Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (Postgraduate teaching qualification).

FRCOG 2007 Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. (Awarded for recognition of achievement in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.)

Why Mrs Overton when other surgeons are Miss or Mr?

Consultant surgeons use the title Mr, Mrs or Miss rather than Dr. Many female surgeons choose to work under their maiden name, hence Miss. I work under my married name, hence Mrs Overton. This practice dates back to the days when surgeons gained a Royal College of Surgeons diploma rather than a University Doctoral Degree. Today, all surgeons now have to gain a basic medical degree and doctorate as well as undergoing several more years training in surgery, but we still retain this link with the past.

Personal statement from Mrs Overton

I’m often asked what made me go into Obstetrics & Gynaecology. As a medical student, one of the women I looked after in labour thanked me and said that I should think about going into Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It is to her that I owe my career.

I was a student doctor at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London and qualified as a doctor in 1987. I did House jobs in London and then went into Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1988, first at the Royal Free in London and then at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. I was a Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology studying the treatment of Endometriosis and pain. This work was awarded an MD by the University of London in 1996.

I met my husband, another Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in the operating theatres at the John Radcliffe Hospital. From Oxford, our jobs took us to Cambridge, Peterborough and Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals. We successfully competed for higher specialist training jobs in London. I worked for three years at the University College Hospital London specializing in reproductive (fertility & hormone) medicine and surgery, Ultrasound scanning and laparoscopic surgery. We had our daughter while I was completing this training.

In 2000, we successfully competed for consultant jobs at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, moving in 2003 to take up our present posts as Consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Bristol.

Tim is a consultant Obstetrician and Feto-Maternal Medicine specialist at St Michael's University Hospital. He specializes in Fetal (baby) problems offering treatment for the unborn baby.

Our daughter has followed her parents and is a fourth year medical student. She did say that we had spent 16 years trying to put her off medicine and now that she had made up her mind, please could she have our support!