Consultant in General and Geriatric Medicine


Background

Dr. Sunku Guptha is a Consultant in General and Geriatric Medicine at Health City Cayman Islands. He has worked as a substantive consultant physician for over 18 years in general medicine and medicine for older people at a 600 bedded hospital in Peterborough, UK.

He has extensive experience in comprehensive assessment of patients with neurological, musculoskeletal and chronic illness. Dr. Sunku provides holistic management, working closely with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers aimed at maintaining independence, reducing frailty and managing adult patients in their own surroundings avoiding the need for prolonged hospital stay.

Having completed his specialist training in Cambridge, Dr. Sunku has a keen research interest and has been a principal investigator for several multicenter research studies investigating new treatments such as monoclonal antibodies in Parkinson’s disease. He has published numerous articles in leading journals, including BMJ and the Lancet and presented at various international meetings on Parkinson’s disease, stroke, osteoporosis, falls and dementia. He served as the clinical governance lead at the Peterborough city hospital for over 10 years, where he led several projects on improving quality of care for patients with medical illness and was awarded 4 clinical excellence points.

Dr. Sunku is also a Royal College accredited educator for postgraduate medical students.

Education & Fellowships
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – University of Health Sciences, Gulbarga, India (1994)
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) – London, UK (1998)
  • Certificate of Complete Specialist Training (CCST) in General and Geriatric Medicine – East Anglian Deanery, Fulbourne, Cambridge (2004)
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) – London, UK (2012)
Positions and Honors
  • Consultant Physician in General Medicine and Medicine for Older People
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
  • Member of Royal College of Physicians
  • Member of British Medical Association
  • Member of British Geriatrics Society
  • Member of Movement Disorders Society
  • Royal College accredited educational supervisor
  • NorthWest Anglia accredited appraiser
  • NorhtWest Anglia NHS foundation Trust Clinical Excellence Awards – Level 1: 2008 – Level 2 & 3: 2013 – Level 4: 2018

Special Interests
  • Multidisciplinary assessment and management of older adults
  • Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders in older adults
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia
  • Gait and balance disorders
  • Nutritional disorders in older adults
  • Continence disorders in older adults
  • Neuromuscular spasticity in older adults
  • Comprehensive assessment of older adults
  • Pre-operative and post-operative assessment of older adults
  • Frailty
  • Virtual and domiciliary clinical assessments of older adults
Procedures
  • Diagnostic lumbar punctures of Normal Pressure hydrocephalus
  • Apomorphine challenges and Apomorphine pump infusions for Parkinsons disease
  • Botulinum toxin injections for limb spasticity
Contributions to Science
  1. Guptha SH. Excess deaths: government review should include the use of occupied bed space. BMJ 2018; http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.k4222
  2. D’Souza, S and Guptha S. Preventing Admission of Older People to Hospital BMJ 2013;346: f3186.
  3. Guptha S. Coders Need Guidance.(letter). BMJ  10; 340: c139.
  4. Wallis S, Guptha S. Diagnosing dying in the acute hospital setting (letter). Clinical Medicine (Journal of Royal College of Physicians of London) 09; 9(4): 399.
  5. Wallis S, Guptha S. Thromboprophylaxis for patients at high risk of VTE.  Lancet 08371: 1911-1912
  6. Guptha SH, Han T, Arafat Q, Deyo O. Orange and green monkeys jumping around the room. Lancet 07; 370: 1588.
  7. Guptha SH, Shibu P, Owusu-Agyei P. Stroke prevention – missed opportunities. Lancet 07; 369: 904-05.
  8. Guptha SH, Owusu-Agyei P. Ageism in services for transient ischemic attack and stroke: clinical leadership is key in changing practice. BMJ 06;333: 656.
  9. Guptha SH. Tube feeding in patients with dementia. Age Ageing 06; 35: 97.
  10. Ogunyoye Y, Owusu-Agyei P, Guptha SH. Handle with care: Stroke induced osteoporosis. Age & Ageing 06;35:550.
  11. Guptha SH, Promnitz DA. Pleural effusion and thickening due to cabergoline use in Parkinson’s disease. EJIM 05; 16(2): 129-131.
  12. Guptha SH, Promnitz A, Warner A, Baron JC. A collapsing golfer. Cerebrovas Dis 05; 19: 281-82.
  13. Guptha SH, Mittra R, Puthrasingam S, Johnston GM, Ellis CDW, Hill-Smith I & Jackson SHD. Application of secondary care prescribing indicators to primary care - a pilot. Quality in Primary care 03; 11(2): 107-116
  14. Koduri S, Guptha SH. Abdominal pain and vomiting in an elderly female. Postgrad Med J 03; 79: 712-714.
  15. Guptha SH, Suman S, Matthews AA. Screening for diabetes in medical inpatients with hyperglycaemia. Postgrad Med J 04; 80: 302
  16. Guptha SH. Anaemia - a common co-existing ailment that is commonly neglected. Age & Ageing 03; 32: 116-17
  17. Guptha SH, Holroyd E, Campbell G. Progressive Lateral Ventricular Enlargement as a clue to Alzheimer’s disease

Information

SpecialtyConsultant in General and Geriatric Medicine
QualificationsBachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – Certificate of Complete Specialist Training (CCST) in General and Geriatric Medicine – Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) – Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)