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Richard graduated as a doctor from St.George’s 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. Richard’s 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.
Areas of interest
Shoulder Surgery; Elbow Surgery; Wrist Surgery; Hand Surgery; Shoulder tendon disorders; Frozen shoulder; Rotator Cuff Repair; Shoulder Stabilisation; Shoulder Replacements; Sports Injuries; Arthritis; Shoulder Pain; Elbow pain; Nerve decompressions; Tennis Elbow; Golfers Elbow; Fractures of shoulder, elbow wrist and hand; Carpal Tunnel; Cubital Tunnel; Arthroscopy of the wrist, elbow and shoulder, Trigger finger and thumb, Dupytrens surgery.
- Beckie Leggatt
- Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital Fordcombe Road Fordcombe TUNBRIDGE WELLS TN3 0RD
- 01892 741154
- 01892 740046
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury, Kent
The Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, Kent
Richard has received a doctorate for his work in Rotator cuff tendon failure
Richard is the head coach of the U7s for his local rugby club, He enjoys skiing, keeping fit in the gym and cycling.
- Girdlestone scholarship, Oxford University
- Didier Patte Prize, awarded by the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow
Reference number 4727659
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the British Shoulder and Elbow Society
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
via switchboard at Tunbridge Wells Hospital