Mr Robert Farnell

Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS


Specialises in

  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Hand, wrist and scaphoid fractures
  • Nerve entrapment treatment
  • Tendon problems

I am a consultant hand and wrist surgeon at Spire Leeds and at Leeds General Infirmary. I have worked as a specialist consultant surgeon since 2002, treating conditions affecting the hand and wrist.

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.

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.

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General Medical Council Number: C3468847

Treatment information

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

Orthopaedics

Other treatments

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

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Important information about Covid-19 tests

Spire Leeds Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Hand surgery
Wrist surgery

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

Current NHS posts

Consultant hand and wrist surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds

Personal profile

I'm a member of The Alwoodley Golf Club. I'm a lifelong Leeds United fan and attend when required as the Leeds United match day orthopaedic surgeon. I'm learning to play the guitar (right handed even though I am a left handed surgeon).