Consultant Profile

Mr Andrew Irwin

Mr Andrew Irwin FRCS Ed. FRCS Ed (Orth)
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Arthroscopy
    • Elbow surgery
    • Hand Surgery
    • Hip Surgery
    • Knee Surgery
    • Medico-legal
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Paediatric orthopaedics
    • Shoulder surgery
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Sports injury
    • Upper limb surgery
    • Wrist surgery
Special clinical interests:

Diagnosis and investigation of shoulder, elbow and wrist pain.

Arthroscopic (keyhole) shoulder surgery for shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability (dislocation), frozen shoulder and sports related injuries of the upper limb.

Research interests:

Tendon injuries and their repair

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Member of British Orthopaedic Association

Member of British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary telephone number:
01727 865057
Private secretary email address:
Every Tuesday afternoon/evening, alternate Thursday afternoons and evenings, alternate Saturday mornings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Andrew Irwin’s undergraduate medical training was in South Africa followed by 10 years of postgraduate orthopaedic training in Bristol, Scotland (Royal Hospitals, Aberdeen), The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire.  Mr Irwin completed a Trauma Fellowship in Toronto, Canada prior to commencing his current post at West Herts NHS Trust in 1997.

 His main clinical interests are in arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) of the upper limb joints.  The most common conditions he treats include frozen shoulder, shoulder instability (dislocations), rotator cuff tears, impingement and acromio-clavicular joint arthritis/degeneration.

 Mr Irwin also performs joint replacement for shoulder and elbow arthritis including joint resurfacing and total joint replacement including both standard and reverse polarity arthroplasties. 

 Throughout his life Mr Irwin has loved playing and watching sport and he understands the frustrations felt by sports people when injury affects their ability to take part in their sport.

 Another large part of his practice is advising patients as they get older with aching joints and may require joint replacement.

Within his NHS role he is responsible for training higher surgical trainees and he is a Member of the North West Thames Training Rotation Committee.  

Personal profile:

Mr Irwin is married with four children who take up most of his spare time.  He occasionally manages a round of golf and enjoys fishing, gardening, running, cycling and driving his 1964 Massey Ferguson tractor for relaxation.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...

Mr Andrew Irwin

Mr Andrew Irwin Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)