Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeons

Experts in Advanced Colorectal Surgery.
Mr Colin Elton and Mr Daren Francis are Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeons at Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust. They both have a specialist interest in colorectal and laparoscopic GI surgery and are able to provide laparoscopic and robotic resections for colorectal cancer and rectal prolapse. For complex bowel cancers, Mr Francis and Mr Elton also perform ‘HIPEC’ (Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy). 

Mr Elton set up a one-stop colorectal service based at Barnet Hospital and is the Clinical Lead for Endoscopy at Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust. Mr Francis is currently the lead for emergency surgical services and the co-lead for colorectal cancer services at his NHS Trust.

They are both active in the wider field of general and colorectal surgery and between them their clinical work includes emergency and elective general surgery in addition to upper and lower GI endoscopy. They also offer newly introduced haemorrhoid procedures such as haemorrhoidal artery ligation (HALO), laparoscopic and open inguinal / incisional hernia repairs, as well as laparoscopic gall bladder surgery.

The Consultants have a strong academic interest and have both published in peer reviewed journals in the fields of colorectal and general surgery, as well as engaging in teaching and lecturing at all levels including MBBS, MRCS and Intercollegiate FRCS.  Mr Elton is on the Editorial Board of the Colorectal Diseases and Journal of Surgical Simulation and Mr Francis is the postgraduate lead for surgery at Chase Farm Hospital.

Services provided to HCA


Mr Francis and Mr Elton provide medical advisory services for HCA's The Wellington Hospital. In their role, they lead interactions with hospital medical staff and the hospital leadership team to assist the hospital by providing medical advice and promote high quality, cost effective care.

In their role, they contribute to the strategy, policies and decision making regarding Advanced Colorectal Surgery and advise HCA to ensure that care provided within the Advanced Colorectal Surgery at the hospital is appropriate and efficient. In their role, they advise on initiatives to drive clinical standards by providing professional advice on clinical governance matters and ensuring the adoption of those by colleagues in the Advanced Colorectal Surgery Unit.

In addition, they work with medical insurance companies, GPs, other relevant local NHS contacts, and patients to educate and advise on relevant clinical updates to treatments available in the facility.

Furthermore, they advise on the accuracy of literature that may be published regarding relevant services. They will also advise on how to make the patient referral smooth to reduce stress and anxiety for patients.

All services provided under this agreement are charged to HCA UK. From January to December 2017, the total charge was £21,730.00 for Mr Elton and £17,174.00 for Mr Francis.

HCA requires the doctors that advise us to attest that if they also practice in the NHS that they are not compromising their NHS commitments.
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