Dr David Hewson

Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Hewson

Dr David Hewson is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

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Dr Hewson qualified in 2007 from King’s College London and administers 200-500 anaesthetics (both general and regional anaesthesia) per year. He has training and experience in all anaesthetic subspecialties but has major clinical interests in regional anaesthesia, trauma, neuroanaesthesia, airway management and risk assessment. In addition to working in the operating department he provides resuscitation, sedation and high acuity care to patients in the emergency department and around the hospital. These clinical activities account for 50% of his working time. The rest of his time is spent in teaching, research and medicolegal practice.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Hewson completed training in civil law and procedure, report writing, and courtroom skills by Bond Solon in 2021 and was awarded the Cardiff University Expert Witness Certificate in 2022.

Cases undertaken

  • Clinical negligence


Hewson DW, Kurien T, Hardman JG. Perioperative ulnar neuropathy: a systemic review of evidence with narrative synthesis. Br J Anaesth; Advanced access

Hewson DW, Scott C, MacFarlane AJR. Regional analgesia for total hip arthroplasty and Schwartz’s paradox. Br J Anaesth; Advanced access

Laxton V, Maratos FA, Hewson DW, Baird A, Archer S, Stupple EJN. 5S solutions to promote medication efficiency and safety. Br J Anaesth; Advanced access

Cyna AM, Hewson DW, Hardman JG. Clinical hypnosis: its implications in anaesthesia and perioperative care. Br J Anaesth; Advanced access

Hewson DW, Bedforth NM. Closing the gap – artificial intelligence applied to regional anaesthesia. Br J Anaesth 2023; 130: 245-7

Laxton V, Maratos FA, Hewson DW, Baird A, Stupple EJN. Standardised colour-coded compartmentalised syringe trays improve visual search and mitigate cognitive load: an eye tracking study. Br J Anaesth 2023; 130: 343-50

Nguyen TN, Krishnan K, Appleton JP, Law ZK, Caulfied M, Cabrera C, Lenthall R, Hewson DW, England T, McConachie N, Dhillon P, Malik L, Podlasek A, Smith C, Dawson J, Robinson TG, Sprigg N, Desborough N, Hermans J, Bath PM. Antiplatelet resistance: a review of concepts, mechanisms and implications for management in acute ischaemic stroke and transient ischaemic attack. Stroke Vasc Neurol; 2022 Sep 13:e000576.

Hewson DW, Nightingale J, Craxford S, Bates M, Hardman JG, Ollivere B, Bedforth NM. Erector spinae plane blocks for early analgesia in rib fractures (ESPEAR): protocol for a multicentre feasibility randomised trial. BMJ Open 2022; 12: e062935. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062935

Dhillon PS, Butt W, Podlasek A, McConachie N, Lenthall R, Nair S, Malik L, Hewson DW, James MA, Dineen RA, England TJ. Association between anesthesia modality and clinical outcomes following endovascular stroke treatment in the extended time window. J Neurointerv Surg 2022; Published Online First: 21 April 2022. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2022-018846

Strømsnes T, Hagen T, Ouyang M, Wang X, Chen C, Rygg S, Hewson DW, Lenthall R, McConachie N, Izzath W, Bath P, Dhillon P, Podlasek A, England T, Sprigg N, Robinson T, Advani R; Ihle-Hansen H, Sandset EC, Krishnan K. Pressor therapy in acute ischaemic stroke: an updated systematic review. Eur Stroke J 2022; 7: 99-116. https://doi.org/10.1177/23969873221078136

Francke G, Hewson DW. Book review: Emergencies in Anaesthesia (3rd Edition). Br J Anaesth 2021; 127: 495

Hewson DW, Worcester F, Sprinks J, Smith MD, Buchanan H, Breedon P, Hardman JG, Bedforth NM. A parallel-group, randomised comparison trial of anaesthetist-controlled versus patient-maintained effect-site targeted propofol sedation during elective primary lower-limb arthroplasty performed under spinal anaesthesia. Br J Anaesth 2022; 128: 186-197

Weston N, Hewson DW. Book review: Anaesthesia for Hepatico-Pancreatic-Biliary Surgery and Transplantation. Anesth & Analgesia 2021; 132: e104-5

Hewson DW. The fun factor – does serious gaming affect the volume of voluntary laparoscopic skills training? World Journal of Surgery 2021; 45: 1603-4

Luff D, Hewson DW. Fat embolism syndrome. BJA Education 2021; 21: 322-328

Butt W, Dhillon P, Podlasek A, Luqman M, Nair S, Hewson DW, England TJ, Lenthall R, McConachie N. Local anaesthesia alone as a distinct comparator versus conscious sedation and general anaesthesia in endovascular stroke treatment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurointerv Surg 2021; 23 March 2021. doi:10.1136/neurintsurg-2021-017360

Hewson DW, Hardman JG, Bedforth NM. Patient-maintained propofol sedation for adult patients undergoing surgical or medical procedures: a scoping review of current evidence and technology. Br J Anaesth 2021; 126: 139-148

Hewson DW, Knudsen R, Shanmuganathan S, Ferguson E, Hardman JG, Bedforth NM, McCahon RA. The effect of mental rotation skills training on ultrasound-guided task performance by novice operators: a rater-blinded randomised controlled study. Br J Anaesth 2020; 125: 168-174

Hewson DW, Moppett IK. Preoperative fasting and prevention of pulmonary aspiration: research feast, quality improvement famine. Br J Anaesth 2020; 124: 361-363

Hewson DW. Procedural sedation for colonoscopy: a role for patient maintained propofol sedation? Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2020; doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2020.11.026

Hewson DW. Counting the costs of propofol sedation. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica 2020; https://doi.org/10.1111/aas.13758

  1. Fletcher T, Hewson DW, Bedforth NM. Peri-operative role of continuous positive airway pressure in mitigating respiratory side effects associated with interscalene brachial plexus block: a proof-of-concept study. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2019; 36: 706-709

Broll H, Hodierne L, Hewson DW. A service assessment of anaesthesia delivered for endovascular thrombectomy for ischaemic stroke at a UK tertiary referral centre. Anaesthesia 2019; s74: 33

Hewson DW, Tsim P. An audit of the timing and quality of neurological observations in Theatre Recovery following day-time and out-of-hours neurosurgery. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2019; 31: 91-98

Sprinks J, Worcester F, Breedon P, Watts P, Hewson DW, Bedforth NM. A prototype patient-maintained propofol sedation system using target-controlled infusion for primary lower limb arthroplasty. J Med Sys 2019; 43: 247

Hewson DW, Hardman JG, Struys MMRF. Opioids: redefining the role of God’s own medicine. Br J Anaesth 2019; 122: e93-e95

Hewson DW, Worcester F, Sprinks J, Smith M, Buchanan H, Breedon P, Hardman JG, Bedforth NM. Anaesthetist-controlled versus patient-maintained effect-site targeted propofol sedation during elective primary lower-limb arthroplasty performed under spinal anaesthesia (ACCEPTS): study protocol for a parallel-group randomised comparison trial. Trials 2019; 20: 129

Hewson DW, Shanmuganathan S, Chikkabbaiah V, Buchanan H, Hardman JG, Bedforth NM. A prospective observational study of effect-site targeted, patient-maintained propofol sedation for lower limb orthopaedic surgery performed under spinal anaesthesia. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2019; 36: 381-383

Hewson DW, Oldman M, Bedforth NM. Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery. BJA Educ 2019; 19: 98-104

Hodierne L, Phillips A, Hewson DW. Adrenal incidentaloma management during emergency laparotomy. Anaesthesia 2019; 74: 85

Hewson DW, Bedforth NM, McCartney C, Hardman JG. Back to basics with dexamethasone and peripheral nerve blocks. Br J Anaesth 2019; 122: 411-412

Sprinks J, Worcester F, Breedon P, Hewson DW, Bedforth NM, Patient-maintained propofol sedation: the anaesthetists’ point of view. International Conferences Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2018. ISBN 978-989-8533-79-1

Hewson DW, Bedforth NM, Sprinks J, Breedon P, Worcester F. Patient-maintained propofol sedation for orthopaedic surgery: patient variability in system use. Proceedings of the Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2018. ISBN 978-1-9996527-0-8

Aggarwal S, Hewson DW. Postoperative laryngeal morbidity using the McGrath MAC videolaryngoscope. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 1568

Hewson DW, Bedforth NM, Hardman JG. Peripheral nerve injury in anaesthesia practice. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 51–60

Wong DJN, Harris S, Moonesinghe SR on behalf of the SNAP-2: EPICCS collaborators. Cancelled operations: a 7-day cohort study of planned adult inpatient surgery in 245 UK National Health Service hospitals. Br J Anaesth 2018; 121: 730-738

Hewson DW, Hardman JG. Physical injuries during anaesthesia. BJA Educ 2018; 18: 310-316

Hewson DW, Bedforth NM, Hardman JG. Spinal cord injury arising in anaesthesia practice. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 43–50

Hewson DW. Book review: Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia, 2nd edition. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2017; 34: 403

Hewson DW, Miura I, Banks A. Complications arising from central neuraxial blockade on labour ward: a single centre, retrospective analysis. Reg Anesth Pain Med  2016; 41 (S1): 32

Chhaniyara P, Hewson DW, Bedforth NM. Use of a continuous positive airways pressure device for awake open shoulder surgery in a patient with obstructive sleep apnoea. Anaesthesia Reports 2016; 4: 72-76

Steele R, Hewson DW, Khandewal P. Rocuronium and sugammadex used to secure the airway of a patient with Huntington’s disease requiring emergency anaesthesia with rapid sequence induction. Anaesthesia 2016; 71 (S2): 8-88

Hewson DW, Czernicki M. The anaesthetic management of a patient with severe cutaneous systemic sclerosis requiring femoral nailing. Anaesthesia 2016; 71 (S2): 8-88

Hewson DW, Jassim S, Sarkar S. Enhanced recovery after orthopaedic surgery. Foundation Years Journal 2015; 9: 10-15

Hewson DW, Arrandale L. Book review: Equipment in Anaesthesia and Critical Care.  Anaesthesia 2014; 69: e3

Hewson DW, Graham G. Patch or wait: early or late epidural blood patching for accidental dural puncture. Anaesthesia 2014; 69: 785-786

Milliken D, Hewson DW. Book review: Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key Concepts for the FRCA, 2nd edition. Anaesthesia 2014; 69: e9

Khoyratty S, MacMillan J, Bevir T, Mathers E, Evans J, Hewson DW, Sudan S. Do junior doctors know how to prepare iv antibiotics? Anaesthesia 2013; 68 (S2): 1

Khoyratty S, Mathers E, Hewson DW, MacMillan J, Bevir T, Gajendragadkar P, Evans J, Sudan S. Do junior doctors retain airway skills taught during an airway workshop? Anaesthesia 2013; 68 (S2): 1

Hewson DW, Reddy R. Pre-operative femoral nerve block vs. fascia iliaca block for femoral neck fractures.  Anaesthesia 2013; 68: 1277-1278

Khoyratty S, Hewson DW, Mathers E, Stoddart R, Curtis A, Sudan S. GMC National Training Survey 2011: A response.  Anaesthesia News. March 2012

Hewson DW, Stoddart A. Book Review: Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (4th ed).  Anaesthesia 2011; 66: 644-645

Bishop T, Hewson DW, Yip P, Fahey M, Dawbarn D, Young A, McMahon S. Characterisation of ultraviolet-B-induced inflammation as a model of hyperalgesia in the rat. Pain 2007; 131: 70-82


Dr Hewson provides all reports within 30 working days and expedited reports within 10 working days.

Qualifications and memberships


  • Expert Witness Certificate Cardiff University 2022
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) (PhD) University of Nottingham 2020
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Higher Education Academy 2014
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PG Cert) University of Edinburgh 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) Royal College of Anaesthetists 2013
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) Royal College of Surgeons London 2010
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) King’s College London 2007
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc) Awarded 2:1 in Philosophy, King’s College London 2003


  • Registered with license to practice, General Medical Council
  • Fellow, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Member, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
  • Member, Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Member, Regional Anaesthesia-UK
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

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