Hand Surgery Centre at Spire Harpenden Hospital

Spire Harpenden Hospital has consolidated its hand surgery expertise to offer a dedicated hand surgery service.

Specialised physiotherapy is an essential, but often ignored, part of the recovery from hand surgery so our hand surgery centre is fully supported by a specialist hand therapist who offers physiotherapy and rehabilitation (splintage) services.

Our hand surgery centre is fully supported by a specialist hand therapist

The advantages offered by Spire’s hand surgery service are:

  • It is surgeon-led, offering the expertise of experienced, specialist surgeons.
  • The service is supported by a dedicated hand therapy specialist physiotherapist, ensuring a better post-surgery functional outcome.The service is also supported by a plastic surgery nurse specialist - to ensure the highest levels of patient communication and aesthetic surgical outcomes.
  • It is seamless, with continuity of care maintained throughout - the patient will see the same clinicians throughout their treatment journey.
  • Patients will be able to make inputs to their own treatment, such as choice of local or general anaesthesia, etc.
  • Because of the large number of specialists available, waiting times are minimal.
  • Spire Harpenden Hospital has an excellent track record on infection control and offers high clinical standards.

The surgical specialists who fall under Spire Harpenden Hospital's Hand Surgery Clinic are listed below:

Our specialist hand surgeons

Mr Jeremy Read
Mr Jeremy Read works at both Spire Harpenden and Spire Bushey and can offer highly quality treatment to patients across the Herts, Bed and Bucks area. He trained in New Zealand and offers a full range of trauma and elective care for the hand and wrist. Mr Read is also able to offer treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture.

Mr Paul Smith
Mr Paul Smith is an internationally acclaimed Hand Surgeon who has written 2 text books and 60 clinical papers in peer review journals on the subject. He has won 1st Prize in both the American Resident Competition and the UK Pulvertaft Prize for hand surgery development. Mr Smith has also been Guest Speaker at the South African, Canadian and Australian Hand Societies - as well as Visiting Professor to New York University and Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA. He was on the Editorial Board and the Education and Training Committee of the Hand Society and The Council of the Hand Society and is also part of the 25-member CHASG International Group specializing in congenital hand surgery. Paul Smith was the Consultant in Charge of Congenital Hand Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is still an Honorary Consultant there. He worked at Mount Vernon Hospital for 25 years performing Adult Hand Surgery and retains a major interest in the treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture, nerve injuries and arthritic problems of the hand.

Mr Fred Schreuder
Mr Fred Schreuder is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in Hand Surgery. He is based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage where he has a largely hand-based practice. He undertakes a weekly hand clinic in conjunction with hand therapists and operates on a large volume of elective hand surgery patients in the NHS. In addition he undertakes a consultant-lead weekly hand trauma list. He completed a year-long fellowship in Hand Surgery in Sydney and has developed an interest in scaphoid non-union and wrist problems, gaining additional skills such as wrist arthroscopy. He treats the entire spectrum of hand and wrist pathologies - including hand trauma.

Mr Rajeev Sharma
Mr Rajeev Sharma is an orthopaedic surgeon based at East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, specialised in treating patients with upper limb ailments and he’s also part of the hand surgery service at Spire Harpenden Hospital. Mr Sharma did his surgical training in Louisville, Kentucky and Grand Rapids, in Michigan. He has had 2 fellowships (in Derby and in Leeds) and currently performs upper limb surgery (including thumb joint replacements, wrist arthroscopy and nerve surgery of the upper limb) at North Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Our hand therapist

Tina Cockhill
Tina Cockhill qualified in 1991, from the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as a general Physiotherapist. She has worked at Worthing General Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital Paddington. She has also worked in the USA, Canada and New Zealand in order to gain further knowledge and experience. She first began to specialise in hand therapy 8 years ago and completed 4 BAHT (level 2) exams in Trauma, Surgical Conditions, the PIPJ and the Wrist. She has also completed hand-accreditation and has particular interest in complex presentations of hand dysfunctions - which may or may not need splinting.

Tina plays a key role in the Spire Hand Surgery Service, ensuring that all post-surgical hand procedures and hand injuries have a comprehensive follow-up in order to regain maximum function.

Our supporting orthopaedic surgeons

Mr Tony Corner
Mr Tony Corner is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon based at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, specialising in upper limb disorders and their treatment and is part of the hand surgery service at Spire Harpenden Hospital. Mr Corner qualified from St. Mary's Hospital and later underwent specialist Orthopaedic training in London followed by a specialist advanced training fellowship in upper limb surgery. Mr Tony Corner works closely with with the hand therapist to optimise his patients' recovery.

Mr Andrew Irwin
Mr Andrew Irwin is a general orthopaedic surgeon at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, specialised in upper limb surgical treatments and procedures and is part of the hand surgery service at Spire Harpenden Hospital.

Mr Ravi Pandit
Mr Ravi Pandit is a general orthopaedic surgeon at Luton NHS Trust, specialised in upper limb surgical treatments and procedures and is part of the hand surgery service at Spire Harpenden Hospital.

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Dupuytren's Contracture

Mr Fred Schreuder & Tina Cockhill are now able to offer a specific clinic treating Dupuytren's Contracture without the need for surgery. To enquire about the clinic please call 01582 714420 or click here to submit an online enquiry.

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