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Mr Gillespie is an experienced Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with a subspecialisation in Hand and Wrist surgery, appointed as a consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in 2007. His NHS practice is in skin cancer, reconstruction and hand and wrist surgery, including nerve problems, arthritis and joint pain, Dupuytrens disease and tendon problems such as trigger finger and synovitis. He also undertakes complex reconstructions after cancer surgery or trauma with colleagues in colorectal surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery and neurosurgery.
His BUPA practice largely mirrors his NHS practice, focusing on moles, lumps and bumps, skin cancer and Hand & Wrist Surgery.
He trained as a medical student in Cambridge and Oxford, qualifying in 1993, and after a period of research in wound healing and specialist training in Plastic Surgery, he undertook fellowships in hand and wrist surgery sponsored by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). He was awarded the overall prize in the examinations for the European Diploma in Hand Surgery in 2007.
He was the clinical governance lead in Plastic Surgery at Addenbrookes for 4 years, concentrating on quality and safety in surgery. He has been the Specialist Lead for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Addenbrookes since 2014.
Following the period of research into scar healing with Professor McGrouther, he has continued with an interest in optimising scars for all forms of reconstructive surgery. Clinical related and published research projects in Cambridge have included lab-based work on tendon repairs and a multi-centre study on anti-adhesion treatments following hand injury.
Since becoming a consultant he has developed his interests in hand and wrist surgery, travelling to Europe and the USA to learn from expert colleagues. These visits have enabled him to bring a wider range of techniques to his practice, including joint replacement and denervation for thumb arthritis as well as continuing standard techniques such as trapezectomy. He aims to explain the range of treatments appropriate for each individual patient and their condition and to explain the pros and cons of each of these to you. He is formally trained in minimal access techniques such as endoscopic carpal tunnel release and the needle techniques for Dupuytrens (needle fasciotomy and collagenase (Xiapex) enzyme injection).
Areas of interest
SKIN moles, lumps and bumps; SKIN CANCER and reconstruction; DERMATOLOGICAL surgery; NAIL surgery; HAND surgery; WRIST surgery; NERVE surgery; TENDON surgery; JOINT surgery; Reconstructive surgery; Skin cancer surgery; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Dupuytrens disease; Ganglion treatment; Trigger finger; Arthritis; Joint pain and joint injection; Thumb pain; Trapezectomy; Joint replacement; Tendonitis; Wrist pain; Wrist sprains and ligament injuries; Wrist arthroscopy
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Hand, Wrist and Plastic Surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
- Specialty Director of Plastic Surgery, Addenbrookes Hospital, 2014-2018
- Clinical Director for ENT, Plastic Surgery, Dermatology and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2018-
Wound healing and tendon surgery
Mountains, skiing and sailing. I completed the Marathon de Sables in 2012 and in 2015 I was part of a small group that skied to the South Pole to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance Expedition.
First place overall, European Diploma in Hand Surgery examination (FESSH, Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand) 2007.
Peer reviewed articles in British Journal of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, European Journal of Hand Surgery, American Journal of Hand Surgery.
Courses offered to GPs
Regular member of the faculty for surgical / suturing skills courses for GPs;
Faculty member for hand and wrist surgery courses at Royal College of Surgeons, London for surgical trainees.
- FRCS (Plast) Royal College of Surgeons , England 2005
- European Diploma in Hand Surgery FESSH 2007
- Interface Fellowship in Hand and Wrist Surgery British Society for Surgery of the Hand 2007
- Bruce Bailey Fellowship in Hand Surgery (BSSH) Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India 2005
Reference number 4044972
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC Specialist Register, Plastic Surgery, 2007
- Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital 4...
- 14:00 - 18:30
- 01223 516600
- Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, CB24 9EL
- 08:30 - 13:00
- 01223 516600
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
1. Hospital where the treatment was performed, any time (24 hrs):
- Spire Hospital 01223 266900
- Nuffield, Cambridge 01223 303336
2. Private Secretary, Sam Lilley, during office hours: 01223 516600
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - up to three, Trunk & Limbs (excluding lipoma) - (5-50)
Primary excision of malignant lesion - Head & Neck - (5-50)
Neurectomy (major nerve) - (1-5)
Shave biopsy of lesion of skin - (1-5)
Biopsy of skin or subcutaneous tissue - (1-5)
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