Deborah Gooch


Laparoscopic Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Debbie is a Laparoscopic Nurse Practitioner with a specialist interest in laparoscopic general surgery at Colchester Hospital and has been in this post since 2006.
Debbie trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, graduating in 1985. She started work as a scrub nurse in theatres in 1987 and over the years has held senior posts in theatres and the day unit at Colchester. She was instrumental in introducing pre-admission and also in implementing admission on the day of surgery in the hospital. As part of her role, she assists in theatre, helps to manage ward patients and delivers continuity of patient care. She has expertise in the management of complex abdominal wounds. Debbie is also actively involved in education; helping to develop and teach on Human Factors in patient safety, leading the SFA laparoscopic day at the Iceni centre in Colchester, and part of the team delivering lap core skills, hernia study days and common bile duct exploration study days. Debbie is the Chair of the Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchild and walking with her dogs.