Dr Lauren Hutton

Dr Lauren Hutton is a specialist Family Physician, who qualified as the top 2019 graduate in South Africa, through the University of Stellenbosch.

She graduated from Wits University in 2010 and completed her internship and community service years in Johannesburg. She subsequently moved to the coast and spent time working and training in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, before settling in Knysna. She lives with her husband and 2 beautiful girls.

Lauren is registered as a specialist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and has an MMed in Family Medicine as well as a Diploma in Anaesthetics, which are registered with the Colleges of Medicine of SA.

Most of her week is spent at the Knysna Provincial Hospital, where she works as a consultant and is involved in patient care, patient safety, training, management and quality improvement. She has a great passion for teaching and mentoring junior doctors, students and nurses.

Dr Hutton is also an external employee of Stellenbosch University and is involved with research, congress planning, textbook contributions and registrar training.

She strives for excellence in all her work and aims to provide patients with evidenced based holistic care, that is centred around the individual. While Dr Hutton can consult and manage an array of different problems in patients of all ages, her special interest is in geriatrics and the care of the elderly.

Some of the services that she will be offering here at Hutton Medical include:

  • Comprehensive geriatric assessments
  • Cognitive screening
  • Mental health in the elderly
  • Assessing and managing fall risk and falls
  • Treating geriatric syndromes: incontinence, osteoporosis, dementia, dizziness, polypharmacy, chronic illness
  • Peri-operative optimisation of health in the elderly
  • Palliative care

Degrees/Diplomas

  • MBBCh (Wits) 2010 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, cum laude
  • Diploma in Anaesthetics 2014, CMSA, with distinction
  • FCFP (SA) Fellowship of the Colleges of Family Medicine 2019, cum laude
  • MMed (Fam Med) Stellenbosch University, cum laude

Courses/exams

  • Basic life support
  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Advanced medical life support
  • Paediatric advanced life support
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • ICU basic skills course
  • Geriatrics elective
  • PLAB 1 and 2 (UK) exams
  • Palliative care course, through Hospice SA

Research

  • MMed: The prevalence of and risk factors for perinatal depression among women in the Knysna and Bitou sub-districts: a descriptive cross sectional study.
  • Mash RJ, Presence-Vollenhoven M, Adeniji A, et al Evaluation of patient characteristics, management and outcomes for COVID-19 at district hospitals in the Western Cape, South Africa: descriptive observational studyBMJ Open 2021;11:e047016. Doi
  • Medical interns in district health services: an evaluation of the new family medicine rotation in the Western Cape, South Africa. (currently in progress)
  • Peer Reviewer for the South African Family Practice Journal, since 2020.