Consultant Profile

Mr Robert Ashford

Mr Robert Ashford MB BS, MD, FRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • Oncology
    • Orthopaedic surgery
      • Arthroscopy
      • Hip Surgery
      • Knee Surgery
    Special clinical interests:

    Hip & knee surgery
    Sarcoma Surgery, Musculoskeletal Tumours (Lumps and Bumps), Skeletal Metastatic disease

    Research interests:

    Bone malignancy (MD in skeletal complications of breast cancer)

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant Orthopaedic & Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust & East Midlands Sarcoma Service

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

    British Orthopaedic Association
    British Orthopaedic Oncology Society
    British Association of Surgery to the Knee
    International Society of Limb Salvage
    European Society of Surgical Oncology

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    0116 265 3685
    Private secretary:
    Pat Rouse
    Private secretary telephone number:
    0116 265 3042
    Private secretary email address:
    Personal email address:
    Mon am/ Thursday evenings at Spire Leicester Hospital and once a month at Syston Health Centre
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    Robert Ashford graduated from the London Hospital Medical College in 1992. He undertook basic surgical training in London and East Anglia and he continued his Orthopaedic training in Leicester and Yorkshire. After passing the FRCS(Tr & Orth) in 2004, he completed a one year fellowship in Sydney, Australia under the expert tuition of Dr Paul Stalley, a world-renowned sarcoma surgeon. He completed a further one year fellowship in lower limb joint reconstruction and tumour surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore working under the supervision of Steve Cannon, Tim Briggs, Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, John Skinner and Richard Carrington.

    He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic and Sarcoma surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the East Midlands Sarcoma Service in 2007. Mr Ashford has experience in the treatment of a wide variety of hip and knee conditions, bone and soft tissue tumours and trauma. Mr Ashford has published extensively in these fields and has been awarded his MD for research into skeletal metastases in breast cancer.

    Mr Ashford is a member of faculty on Advanced Trauma Life Support provider and instructor courses, the Yorkshire Orthopaedic Revision Course, the Oxford Musculoskeletal Oncology Review Course, the Principles of Fracture Management Course and is course convenor for the Leicester FRCS(Tr & Orth) Viva Course.

    Personal profile:

    Mr Ashford is an avid supporter of Leicester Tigers and one of the Minis year group coaches at Syston Rugby Football Club. He also enjoys skiing, watching (and occasionally playing) cricket and has a busy home life with two young children.

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    Mr Robert Ashford

    Mr Robert Ashford Oncology & Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

    See Mr Ashford at Syston Health Centre

    On behalf of Spire Leicester Hospital, Mr Ashford also offers private consultations at his monthly evening clinic at our Spire Clinic at Syston Health Centre. At Syston Health Centre you can see Mr Ashford for a new or follow up consultation. Some minor procedures/injections can be performed on site with any major investigations or treatment being organised by and carried out at Spire Leicester Hospital.

    Is Syston closer to home?
    If you have a GP referral and would prefer to see Mr Ashford at Syston, contact our outpatient booking office on 0116 2653685 and request an appointment at Syston Health Centre.

    Watch our Orthopaedic and Cancer Services videos

    Click here to listen to Mr Ashford talk about orthopaedics

    Click here to listen to Mr Ashford talk about Sarcoma surgery

    Mr Ashford on Sarcoma
    As a specialist sarcoma surgeon and lead clinician for the East Midlands Sarcoma Service, Mr Ashford sees and treats patients from all over the East Midlands.

    “Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the connective tissues of the body (including muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels and fat.) Most sarcomas affect the limbs, most frequently the leg. There are around 70 different sub-types of sarcoma.

    Around 3200 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the UK. All patients with sarcoma should be treated in one of the 15 UK specialist sarcoma units. I see and treat patients with sarcoma at Spire Leicester Hospital, with their clinical management discussed at the East Midlands Sarcoma Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings.”

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