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Mr Richard Benson

Mr Richard Benson

Consultant in Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery
MBBS, BSc, FRCS (Tr&O), MD

Practising at

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Benson at Spire include:

Orthopaedics

Other treatments

Orthopaedic surgery: Upper limb surgery, Shoulder surgery, Elbow surgery

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Professional profile

Richard graduated as a doctor from St Georges Hospital Medical School, London in 2000 and then carried out his basic surgical training on the Reading and Oxford surgical rotation. This was where he developed an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. He was awarded the Girdlestone Scholarship from Oxford University and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, where he worked as a clinical research fellow. Following this, he gained a doctorate for his work on rotator cuff tendon failure, for which he was also awarded the prestigious Didier Patte Prize by the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery in 2009.

He has spent many years lecturing and tutoring for Oxford University. Richards Orthopaedic Higher Surgical Training was on the Oxford programme. In 2013, Richard was offered a fellowship with the Brisbane Upper Limb Unit, which is the major trauma centre for Queensland, Australia. He worked there for 12 months, gaining further experience in all aspects of upper limb surgery, including performing replantations. During this time he also became an Associate Lecturer for Queensland University. In 2014, he was appointed as a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone Hospitals.

He enjoys his role and specialises in Upper limb Surgery. His special interests include shoulder and elbow surgery, rotator cuff problems, tendon problems, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, arthritis of shoulder and elbow and upper limb trauma.

He thoroughly enjoys his job. He is a very caring and empathic individual who takes a great pride in his work. He treats each patient as an individual and ensures he meets the expectations and needs of each patient on an individual basis. Richard is committed to providing his patients with an excellent service. He achieves very high success rates and very few complications. He takes great care in recording surgical details and outcomes in order to audit his work. This helps to ensure he can maintain the high quality which he strives to achieve.

Research interests: Rotator cuff tendon failure, Tendon disorders of the Upper Limb.


Clinical Interests

Elbow surgery
Shoulder surgery
Sports injury

Rotator cuff problems. Tendon problems. Frozen shoulder. Shoulder and elbow arthritis. Upper limb trauma.

Private contact details

Telephone 01892 741154
Private secretary Georgie Fleming
Private secretary fax 01892 740046
Private secretary email georgina.fleming@spirehealthcare.com
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Shoulder and Elbow Society
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
British Medical Association.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant in Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedic Department, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Hospital

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Personal Profile

Richard is married to a GP and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and loves sport. He particularly enjoys cycling and playing football and rugby. 

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