Mr Robert Farnell

Consultant hand and wrist surgeon

Practising at

Spire Leeds Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Robert Farnell at Spire include:

Orthopaedics at Spire Leeds Hospital

Other treatments

  • Cubital tunnel decompression surgery (ulnar nerve)
  • Arthritis of the hand and thumb
  • Hand trauma
  • Wrist pain
  • Fractures of the distal radius (wrist) and scaphoid
  • Non-union scaphoid fractures including treatment with vascularised bone grafts
  • Wrist ligament injuries
  • Ulnar abutment
  • Kienbock's disease
  • De Quervain's disease
  • Minimally invasive treatments using wrist arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)

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Professional profile

I am the senior orthopaedic consultant hand and wrist surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, based at the Leeds General Infirmary. I have worked as a specialist consultant surgeon since 2002, treating conditions affecting the hand and wrist. In addition to managing the local population, I provide a service for the management of complex conditions which are referred from other surgeons throughout the region. I am routinely asked by my colleagues in the surrounding hospitals to provide my opinion and to take over the management of difficult and complex cases.

I offer a comprehensive range of treatment for conditions affecting the hand and the wrist. I am able to provide an experienced specialist opinion and subsequent management, including those conditions that are not considered straight forward.

Clinical Interests

Hand surgery
Wrist surgery

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / London / 1990
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 1995
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professional memberships

British Society for Surgery of the Hand
British Medical Association
Royal College of Surgeons of England
European Wrist Arthroscopy Society
Medical Defence Union

Professional leadership

Chairman for AO/ASIF Hand Fracture Fixation Course for Surgeons
Chairman for AO/ASIF Wrist Fracture Fixation Course – Cadaver Course

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Current NHS posts

Consultant hand and wrist surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds

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Personal Profile

Golf – member of The Alwoodley Golf Club
Football – lifelong Leeds United fan and attends when required as the Leeds United match day orthopaedic surgeon
Learning to play the guitar (right handed even though I am a left handed surgeon!)

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Private contact details

Telephone 0113 218 5908/9
Private secretary Lisa Harris
Private secretary telephone 0113 388 2193
Private secretary email

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