Mr David Shewring

Mr David Shewring

Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon
MB BCh, FRCSEd (Orth), Dip Hand Surg (Eur)

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Shewring at Spire include:


Other treatments

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

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Professional profile

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.

Clinical Interests

Hand surgery
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury
Upper limb surgery
Wrist surgery

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BCh / Southampton / 1984
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)
Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH)
British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)

Professional leadership

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)

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Hand Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Consultant Hand Surgeon, Llandough Hospital, Vale of Glamorgan.

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Research and Publication

In the last 5 years I have worked on:

  • 8 podium presentations to BSSH scientific meetings/international meetings
  • 5 book chapters
  • 26 invited lectures to BSSH/BOA/FESSH/IFSSH/EFORT
  • Numerous publications in the Journal of Hand Surgery

Some other key achievements include:

  • Publishing the largest series in the world of phalangeal condylar fractures, redefining and modernising the treatment of these common injuries.
  • Published research on management of clenched fist “fight bite” injuries of the hand, describing a new “tendon splitting” surgical approach with a protocol for treatment to maximise outcome.
  • Published evidence that Cleland’s Ligaments in the finger, hitherto thought to be unaffected by Dupuytren’s Disease (DD), do become involved. This, with description of a new surgical approach has improved the surgical treatment of DD.
  • Member Editorial Board, Journal of Hand Surgery (European Vol) 2003-present: 147 papers reviewed.
  • Member BSSH "Research and Audit" committee- coordinates national research projects. Helped set up national multi centre trials comparing treatments for scaphoid fractures and mallet finger injuries.
  • Instrumental in setting up the post of Clinical Associate Professor in Hand Surgery, funded by BSSH and to be managed by Healing Foundation. The post is based in Nottingham and takes a leading role in setting up a Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery Research.  


The management of clenched fist ‘fight bite’ injuries of the hand, Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
March 2015

Condylar fractures of the proximal and middle phalanges, Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
January 2015

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Personal Profile

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.

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Financial Interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group PLC.

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Private contact details

Telephone 029 2073 1112