Dr Rakesh K Panchal

Dr Rakesh K Panchal

General (internal) medicine, Respiratory medicine 06075477


  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network


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  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Dr Panchal read medicine at the University of Leicester and qualified in 2003. He was awarded his degree with Honours and ranked first in his year. The prestigious Faculty of Medicine Gold Medal was presented to him in acknowledgement of his outstanding academic excellence. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2006.

Dr Panchal trained in respiratory medicine at Glenfield Hospital. In 2010, he undertook a unique Darzi Clinical Leadership Fellowship that culminated in a Masters degree in Research Translational Management. His work on seeking a strategy for screening and preventing TB in the UK was published in the international journal Thorax. He has spent time at the Global TB Institute in New York, USA and has presented at symposia in the US, Europe and the UK.

In 2013, Dr Panchal was appointed as a Consultant Respiratory Physician with an interest in Interventional Pulmonology at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. He is a member of the Institute for Lung Health and is the lead clinician for the busy pleural diseases and interventional pulmonology tertiary services for which he has received clinical excellence awards. He offers a popular Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship that has trained people from the UK and abroad.

Dr Panchal trained in interventional procedures in the UK and has refined his skills set by attending courses across Europe, including medical thoracoscopy in Marseille and interventional bronchoscopy procedures in Germany. Alongside his clinical practice he plays an active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and is a college tutor for the Royal College of Physicians. He is co-founder of the East Midlands Thoracic Society, sits on the East Midlands Specialist Training Committee and runs practical training courses in pleural procedures.

Areas of interest

Unexplained Cough; Cough; Unexplained Breathlessness; Pleural effusion; Pleural disease; Pneumothorax; Lung Cancer; Wheeze; Asthma; COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis); Emphysema; Pneumonia and lung infections; Tuberculosis; Acute and chronic bronchitis; Lung fibrosis; Sarcoidosis; Bronchiectasis; Pulmonary embolism
Obstructive sleep apnoea; Abnormal chest x-rays and CT scans; Respiratory failure; bronchitis, chest pain

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Procedures completed

  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (1-5)

    Spire Leicester Hospital (1-5)

  • E5180

    Diagnostic bronchoscopy +/- biopsy - (1-5)

    Spire Leicester Hospital (1-5)

  • E6310

    Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) for mediastinal masses - (1-5)

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