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- Hand surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
Mr Richard Matthews is a highly experienced Consultant Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon who aims to provide a Gold Standard of care.
At school, he studied Arts but, like his father who was also a distinguished Plastic Surgeon, was drawn to Medicine. After qualifying as a Doctor at St Thomas Hospital Medical School in London, Mr Matthews trained widely in General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Urology and Paediatric Surgery before commencing his career in Plastic Surgery, progressing through 5 Regional Centres for Burns & Plastic Surgery, absorbing the art and craft of cosmetic, reconstructive plastic and hand surgery. This included 2 years as Burns Research Fellow at the renowned Queen Victoria Hospital and Blond-McIndoe Research Centre at East Grinstead, during which he had notable papers published on the management of burns in pregnancy and the use of amniotic membranes for wound healing.
He became fully accredited in Plastic Surgery, including Cosmetic, Reconstructive and Hand aspects, in 1984, was European Travelling Scholar of The British Association of Plastic Surgeons (now called BAPRAS) in 1985 and was appointed Consultant Plastic Surgeon in the National Health Service for Coventry & Warwickshire (catchment 1 million) in 1986.
From 1986 to 2006, when, as Head of the Unit, he effected its transfer to the new University Hospitals for Coventry & Warwickshire, he radically modernised and expanded the Plastic Surgery Unit, introducing modern techniques and services for congenital abnormalities, such as cleft lip & palate and abnormal hands, for soft tissue diseases of the hand, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, for Breast Reconstruction and Head and Neck reconstruction in cancer cases, including microsurgical procedures, and worked hard to improve standards of care for skin cancer. He continues to treat skin cancer as a special interest and served for 4 years as first Chair of the Skin Cancer Site Specific Group of the Arden Cancer Network.
Mr Matthews has been West Midlands Regional Chair for Burns & Plastic Surgery and Regional Specialty Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has served variously as Clinical and Medical Director within the NHS.
Mr Matthews’ Private Practice has grown steadily over more than 20 years in which he has treated a large number of people with problems of a Cosmetic nature, as well as various Reconstructive requirements, Hand disease and Skin Cancer. In this, his reputation for excellence is based on his personal availability, attention to detail, favourable outcomes and sensitivity. His hobby-horse is good communication as a foundation for mutual trust.
As a Member (and former Council Member and Chair of its Education & Research Subcommittee ) of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), Mr Matthews keeps up to date, introducing change when appropriate and safe.
His Practice is very ‘hands on’, all consultations, procedures, whether surgical or non-surgical (such as fillers, etc), and follow-ups being carried out personally, rather than by third party lay counsellors or nurses. Unusually, when stitches need removing or dressings are required, Mr Matthews generally does this himself in order to monitor progress and recovery from the earliest moments onwards. Most of all, Mr Matthews takes great pride in his work, striving to provide satisfaction in all cases.
Areas of interest
Skin cancer; Basal cell carcinoma; Squamous cell cacinoma; Malignant melanoma; Oncology - surgical; Skin tumours; Cysts; Lipomas; Moles; Pyogenic granuloma; Scars; Burns scarring; Scalds scarring; Scar contractures; Scar hypertrophy; Keloid scars; Skin grafts; Skin Flaps; Myocutaneous flaps; Soft tissue trauma repair; Tissue expansion; Hand surgery; Dupuytren's contracture; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Malformed ears; Cosmetic surgery, including upper eyelids/blepharoplasty.
- Denise Moy
- BMI Meriden Hospital University Hospital Site Clifford Bridge Road COVENTRY CV2 2LQ
- 024 7664 7061
- Natalie Meek
- Renatus Clinic Coventry Road Cawston RUGBY CV22 7RZ
- 01788 810041
Current NHS consultant posts held
Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon,
Department of Plastic Surgery
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
Burns in Pregancy
Tennis, Golf, Skiing
British Association of Plastic Surgeons Travelling Scholar
English, French and Spanish
Many and various. See Medline.
Courses offered to GPs
"Aspects of Plastic Surgery" given from time to time.
Re-admission rate - 0% last 5 years
Post operative infection rate - near 0% (1 case inpatient infection in last 15 years)
Mortality rate - 0% last 25 years
- MB BS London 1972
- FRCS Edinburgh 1976
- FRCS England 1977
- Full accreditation Plastic Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of England 1984
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- President Rugby and District Medical Society 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC, 1996
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Surgeons of England;
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh;
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons;
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons;
British Burn Association;
British Society for Surgery of the Hand;
Rugby District Medical Society;
UK Register of Expert Witnesses
- BMI The Meriden Hospital University Hospital...
- 09:00 - 17:00
- 024 7664 7061
- Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital, CV32 6RW
- 09:00 - 17:30
- 01926 436341
- Renatus Clinic
- 09:00 - 12:00
- 01788 810041
- Renatus Clinic
- 13:00 - 16:00
- 01788 810041
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
BMI Meriden: 02476 647000 (switch)
Nuffield Health Warwickshire: 01926 427971 (switch)
NB BMI and Nuffield both have Resident Medical Officer 24/7. Mr Matthews always available if required when contacted by Hospital