Dr Simon A. Collins is a specialist anaesthetist who practices with the goal of ensuring patients are as safe and comfortable as possible during their time in hospital. He is a local to the Hills district and studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School before receiving a scholarship to study medicine at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2005. He initially pursued a career in Emergency Medicine, working in the Emergency Departments of Royal North Shore, Hornsby and Gosford Hospitals. Having decided that caring for patients around the time of surgery was where he sought to focus his medical skills, he pursued five years of specialist training in anaesthesia based at Royal North Shore Hospital (2010-2014). In this time he worked in numerous clinical environments including the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and the Ambulance Service of NSW & CareFlight - in retrieval medicine and international aeromedical operations. He received a certificate of merit for outstanding performance in the Final Exam of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Dr Collins is currently the Deputy Clinical Director of Anaesthesia at Nepean Hospital, where he teaches doctors during their specialty training in anaesthesia. He has clinical appointments at Hawkesbury District Health Service at Windsor and a number of private hospitals including Norwest Private Hospital. He is a Clinical Lecturer for both the University of Sydney (Nepean Clinical School) and the University of Notre Dame (Hawkesbury Clinical School). He is an accredited instructor of Advanced Life Support (ALS2) with the Australian Resuscitation Council, Advanced Paediatric Life Support and the Effective Management of Anaesthesia Crises (EMAC) course of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Dr Collins works collaboratively with your surgeon (or proceduralist) and other health care workers to deliver the best possible care. He is keen to hear patients tell their stories, and understand how he can best help them return to normal quickly and safely. Please contact him if you have any questions or feedback regarding patient care.