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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Shewring at Spire include:
Investigation and treatment of hand and wrist fractures and other injuries, surgery for arthritis of the wrist and hand, surgery for tumours of the wrist and hand, paediatric hand and wrist problems, surgery for nerve compression, surgery for tendon problems
After training in orthopaedic surgery in Southampton, Cambridge and Cardiff and having completed a year of advanced training in hand surgery in Oxford, I was appointed as a consultant hand surgeon in Cardiff in 1994. I set up from scratch, developed and lead a comprehensive service to treat hand problems in the Cardiff area - which has made huge improvement to patient care. I receive tertiary referrals from hospitals throughout Wales and am documented by 'Performance Management' as the most efficient and productive surgeon in any specialty in my Trust.
I currently serve on Council of Federation European Societies for Surgery Hand as the sole UK member. I have contributed nationally and internationally to hand surgery, having served on all national committees of British Society for Surgery of the Hand including a term as Hon Secretary. I was also President Elect for 2018 in recognition of this. Moreover, I have made a national contribution to medical education and training.
During my practice I manage all hand and wrist problems, including complex problems, for all age groups. I also manage elbow problems. I have performed more than 1450 surgical operations during the last year and have an audited post-op infection rate of 0.26%, which is well below the national level.
As an orthopaedic hand surgeon in the NHS I have four operating lists, three clinics and a preoperative assessment clinic weekly as well as a 1:3 on call commitment for hand injuries. In the private sector I have two clinics (Monday and Wednesday) and an operating list (Friday).
My managerial positions include Hon. Secretary for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (2009–13). I am also Chairman of the Committee of Management, Journal of Hand Surgery (European Vol) (2015-2020). The Journal is the leading hand surgery journal in the world with the highest 'impact factor'.
I am Honorary Hand Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and I have treated numerous international and regional players over the last 20 years.
Soft tissue injuries
Upper limb surgery
MB BCh / Southampton / 1984
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
President Elect (for 2018), British Society for Surgery of the Hand
Council member, Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand
Chairman, Committee of Management, Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
Consultant Hand Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
Consultant Hand Surgeon, Llandough Hospital, Vale of Glamorgan.Back to top
In the last 5 years I have worked on:
Some other key achievements include:
Outside medicine my interests include the cultivation of citrus, oenology. And, now that I can’t play anymore, watching and coaching my sons play rugby, as well as refereeing.
I am Vice Chair of the Cardiff and Vale Junior District Rugby Association.Back to top
Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group PLC.Back to top
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