Favourite Things: Consultant and surgeon Shwan Amin disects what makes what makes the Sheffield area so special
Shwan Amin is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon, who is part of Claremont Private Hospital’s new Sheffield General Surgeons service, which is made up of four highly experienced colorectal consultants offering privately insured and self-funding patients clinical expertise and healthcare. He has worked at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 2000 and is the lead clinician for colon and rectal cancer services in the NHS. Shwan, aged 51, lives in Lodge Moor with his wife and ten-year-old son. He has another son and daughter, both at university.
Having a keen interest in running, I am often on the lookout for new places to test out. Living in Lodge Moor is ideal, with no shortage of country lanes, hills and fields to run through while gazing at the fantastic scenery. In the north of the city, Damflask is surrounded by greenery, which makes for an extremely satisfying run. When the weather allows, I make the six-mile journey around the dam twice. The run is often made much easier with the view of rowing boats, people fishing and other runners.
During my career I have worked in many hospitals, ranging from small district hospitals to large teaching ones. I have enjoyed my time in them all. However I put Claremont at the top of the list. It is an extremely well run and efficient hospital. From my first day at work I was made to feel part of the friendly team and integrated easily into the supportive and engaging atmosphere. My patients love the attention and care, and have confidence and trust in the services provided. As a bonus they get beautiful views from the hospital rooms.
Winter Garden/Peace Gardens
I have witnessed the transformation of the city centre, especially with the building of the Winter Garden. There are now pleasant coffee shops and restaurants in the area and, coupled with ideal picnic spots in the Peace Gardens, means I often end up here after a day of shopping with my wife. My young son loves to run through the Peace Gardens fountains!
Marco @ Milano
Understated and elegant, this Italian restaurant in Archer Road, Millhouses, is a great place for any sort of celebration. The last time I went there was for my eldest son’s graduation from Law School, with my wife and two other children. The food was fantastic and I remember my son talking about the steak he had for a few days afterwards.
In Sheffield, especially near to my home, you are never far away from nature’s beauty. After all these years, the Ladybower area continues to be my favourite walk and an ideal place for relaxation. You are blessed with magnificent scenery, peace and tranquillity, and there are few things better than a refreshing pint and a delicious meal at the Ladybower Inn after a long walk around the reservoir. The perfect way to spend your Sunday!
The Sportsman and the Three Merry Lads are not far from our house. When my two eldest come back from university, my wife and I take them there for a catch-up with our youngest.
We enjoy the family-oriented atmosphere, a chilled-out meal and a drink with a view.
The pubs both have large fields behind them where my sons can play football while we watch from the decking.
Since coming to Sheffield, one thing that has struck me is the welcoming, approachable and friendly nature of the people. It is never hard to start a conversation and everyone seems genuinely interested in what you have to say.