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Last updated: 5 Jun 2020
- Hand & Wrist
Philippa Rust FRCS specialised in hand and wrist surgery early in her career, struck by the intricacy of the anatomy and the importance of the function to her patients’ daily lives. She is now a highly qualified hand and wrist surgeon, performing all related Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery.
Philippa trained in London as an Orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hand and wrist surgery, and completed a Plastic hand surgery fellowship at the Windsor Hand Clinic, Berkshire. She was also one of the first group to attain British Society for Surgery of the Hand Diploma of Hand Surgery.
Philippa then headed to Australia to complete fellowships in Plastic microsurgery for the hand (Bernard O’Brien Institute, Melbourne) and in upper limb complex trauma and reconstruction (Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane).
In Australia she gained expertise in surgical advances which reduce recovery time, including wrist arthroscopy. She is one of a few surgeons in Scotland performing this keyhole surgery.
Since 2010 Philippa has worked as a Consultant in Edinburgh, at the Plastic Surgery unit of St John’s Hospital, Livingston, and her practice is solely hand and wrist surgery.
Areas of interest
Hand surgery; Wrist surgery; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Dupuytren's contracture; Trigger finger; Treatment of ganglion; Treatment of Triangular Fibro Cartilage Complex (TFCC) pathology; Arthroscopy; Arthritis; Treatment of Scaphoid fractures; Sports injuries - Hand & Wrist
- Richard Llewellyn
- c/o Philippa Rust Spire Murrayfield Hospital 122 Corstorphine Road EDINBURGH EH12 6UD
- 07879 020862
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Murray Geddes Fee Assured
- Dr Patrick Armstrong Fee Assured
- Dr Claire Caesar Fee Assured
- Dr Claire Gillan Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Hand & Wrist Surgeon, St John's Hospital (NHS Lothian)
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University
Philippa lives in Edinburgh with her husband and young son. They enjoy getting outdoors, especially hill-walking. Other interests include gardening, swimming and the theatre. She is also an enthusiastic member of a bookclub.
Philippa has won prizes in UK and abroad for her MD research into the tissue engineering of bone and application in healing defects. She has also been awarded research grants in both UK and Australia.
Philippa has published over 28 research publications in peer review journals such as The Journal of Hand Surgery, British Medical Journal
Courses offered to GPs
Philippa is happy to talk about all aspects of treatment of hand and wrist conditions.
Available on request
- MBBS Guys & St Thomas Medical School, University of London 1996
- MRCS Royal College of Surgeons (England) 1999
- MD University College London / Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore 2004
- FRCS (Orth) Intercollegiate Royal College of Surgeons 2006
- Diploma of Hand Surgery University of Manchester / British Society for Surgery of the Hand 2007
Reference number 4321455
Affiliations / memberships
British Society for Surgery of the Hand
British Medial Association
General Medical Council
- Spire Murrayfield Hospital Edinburgh, EH12 6UD
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 0131 316 2530
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
Numbers will also be provided to patients following treatment
- at Spire Murrayfield Hospital: 0131 3340363
- at The Edinburgh Clinic: 0131 4472340