Mr Oliver Donaldson

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery


  • Fee assured

Specialises in

  • Shoulder & Elbow

About me

Mr Olly Donaldson is a specialist shoulder and elbow surgeon based at Yeovil District Hospital and has been a consultant since 2014. He qualified from the University of Bristol in 2002 and underwent his orthopaedic training in Wales. He completed fellowship training in all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery at the Liverpool Shoulder Unit.

Mr Donaldson provides extensive experience in shoulder and elbow conditions offering a wide variety of surgical procedures. He has developed a busy practice in shoulder replacements performing approximately 50 per year, nearly 1% of all shoulder replacements performed in the UK. His experience has allowed Yeovil hospital to become a visitation centre for surgeons to observe the Equinoxe (Exactech) shoulder replacement system. He has experience in complex primary and revision shoulder replacements as well as the use of GPS navigated shoulder replacements. All joint replacements are submitted to the National Joint Registry.

Common operations also include keyhole surgery to the shoulder to treat subacromial pain, rotator cuff problems, shoulder instability and upper limb trauma.

He has an active interest in teaching and research, and is a lead author of the national guidelines on the management of traumatic shoulder instability ( He has lectured in the UK and Europe on the management of shoulder and elbow conditions.

He also has experience in treating tendon problems around the elbow including tennis elbow as well as elbow arthritis.

Mr Donaldson has admitting rights to the Kingston Wing at Yeovil Hospital and to the Nuffield hospital, Taunton.

Life away from work is spent with his wife, 4 children and 2 dogs and is enjoyably hectic. He enjoys the occasional charity challenge, such as the Welsh 3000s, and raises money for Ataxia UK, the national charity for people suffering with Ataxia. 3 of his nephews and nieces suffer with Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Areas of interest

Shoulder arthritis; Shoulder dislocation; Shoulder impingement; Rotator cuff problems; Elbow arthritis; Tennis elbow; Golfer's elbow; Biceps problems; Cubital tunnel syndrome; Shoulder fractures including clavicle; Elbow fractures

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Procedures completed

  • W9040

    Injection(s) +/- aspiration, into joint, cyst, bursa - (5-50)

    Yeovil District Hospital (1-5) Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital (1-5)

  • W5000

    Primary total shoulder replacement - (1-5)

  • S5210

    Injection into subcutaneous tissue/painful trigger point under local anaesthetic - (1-5)

    Yeovil District Hospital (1-5)

  • W8194

    Arthroscopic subacromial decompression and excision of distal clavicle (including arthroscopic procedures in glenohumeral joint) - (1-5)

  • W2830

    Removal of internal fixation from bone / joint, excluding k-wires - (1-5)

  • S5240

    Two or more injections into subcutaneous tissue / painful trigger point under local anaesthetic - (1-5)

  • T7982

    Arthroscopic subacromial decompression and rotator cuff repair (including arthroscopic procedures in glenohumeral joint) - (1-5)

    Yeovil District Hospital (1-5)

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