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Alistair Hunter is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at University College London Hospitals and he sees private patients at The Princess Grace Hospital and The Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health. He has a specialist interest in hand, wrist and elbow surgery.
He studied medicine at Cambridge University and University College London Medical School and undertook basic surgical training in London at St. Thomas’ Hospital, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2006. He completed higher specialist training in Orthopaedics on the North Western and Middlesex/University College Hospital rotations, and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 2013.
He has completed subspecialist training Fellowships in hand, wrist and upper limb surgery at the Hand Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the Upper Limb Unit at Wrightington Hospital. He gained an Ethicon Foundation award for his Travelling Fellowship to the Institut Kaplan, Barcelona. He was awarded the Diploma in Hand Surgery by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2015.
He publishes research in his specialist areas of interest and is a member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS). He has a strong interest in medical education and holds a Master’s Degree from Cardiff University in this subject. He is involved in the training of Orthopaedic surgical trainees and teaches on a number of national courses. He is course director for the Preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) Course.
Areas of interest
Injuries - Sports related injuries; Wrist fractures; Scaphoid fractures and non-unions, including vascularised and non-vascularised bone grafting; Scapholunate ligament wrist injuries; Finger and hand fractures and dislocations; Skiers’ thumb; Nerve injuries/lacerations;Tendon injuries/lacerations; Hand, wrist and upper limb trauma including fractures, nerve injury and tendon injury
Conditions: Carpal tunnel syndrome; De Quervain’s disease; Ganglion cysts; Trigger finger; Arthritis of the base of thumb; Dupuytren’s disease surgery, including Xiapex injections; Post traumatic reconstruction; Joint replacements for arthritis of the hand and wrist; Minimally invasive wrist arthroscopy; Arthritis of the wrist; Rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, wrist and elbow; Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
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Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Alistair Hunter’s main clinical and research interests centre on elective and emergency hand, wrist and elbow surgery. This includes complex trauma, post traumatic reconstruction, sports related injuries, Dupuytren’s disease, nerve related pathology, joint replacements, carpal instability and expanding techniques such as wide-awake surgery and wrist arthroscopy.
Alistair enjoys spending time with his young family, travelling on holidays, playing tennis and participating in triathlons.
2016 - National 'Highly Commended' award for University College London Hospitals Upper Limb Regional Block Room service (HSJ Annual Awards)
2014 - Royal College of Surgeons Ethicon Foundation Travelling Fellowship Award
2014 - Nominated for Trainee of the Year Award: Regional NCEL Quality Awards
2011 - London Deanery Clinical Teacher Bursary
2002 - Nuffield Trust Fellowship, research project medical elective
Peer Reviewed Publications
2015 Pywell MJ, Hunter AR, Thomas AP, Owers K. An interprofessional induction to hand surgery. Clin Teach 2015; 12(5): 320-324
2015 Hunter AR, Davy AR, Taylor EJ Accuracy of clinical assessment in intra-articular positioning for injections of the hand and wrist. J Hand Surg (Eur) 2015; 40(9): 1003-1005
2015 Hunter AR, Baird EJ, Reed M. Procedure based assessments in trauma and orthopaedic training - the trainees’ perspective. Medical Teacher 2015;37:444-449
2014 Hunter AR, Horwitz MD, Halsey TJ. Hand trauma always requires ring removal. Br J Hosp Med 2014; 75(12): 715
2014 Lopez R, Hunter AR, Geoghegan O, Demertzi E. Candida parapsilosis osteomyelitis. BMJ Case Rep Published online: 20th October 2014
2014 Hunter AR, Taylor EJ. Use of the locking guide in facilitating the removal of locking plates. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2014; 96(7):550-550(1)
2013 Tsang C, Hunter AR, Sorene E. Bilateral thumb metacarpophalangeal joint fusions for severe hyperextension deformities in conjunction with carpometacarpal joint reconstructions. Hand Surgery 2013;18:257-260
2013 Hunter AR, Tansey R, Muir LT. A radiological sign in chronic collateral ligament injuries of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. Hand 2013; 8:191–194
2011 Bagley C, Hunter AR, Bacarese-Hamilton I. Patients’ misunderstanding of common Orthopaedic terminology: the need for clarity. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2011;93(5):401-404
2009 Tsapakis EM, Tsiridis E, Hunter A et al Modelling the effect of minor postoperative day surgery on patient mood at the early post-operative period: a prospective population based cohort study Eur Psychiatry 2009; 24(2):112-8
2004 Hunter AR ‘A Model for Steroid Response Variability in Asthma?’
Airways J 2004; 2(2): 99-100
Courses offered to GPs
Lecture at The Princess Grace GP Lecture Programme on 'The management of pain in the hand, wrist and elbow'
Lecture at The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health on 'Sports injuries of the hand and wrist'
- BA Cambridge University 2000
- MBBS University College London 2003
- MRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England 2006
- FHEA Higher Education Academy Fellowship 2010
- MSc in Medical Education Cardiff University 2012
- FRCS (Tr&Orth) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2013
- Diploma in Hand Surgery University of Manchester 2015
- Hand and Wrist Trauma Fellowship Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Hand Unit, UK 2014
- Upper Limb Fellowship Wrightington Hospital Upper Limb Unit, UK 2015
- Travelling Fellowship - Ethicon Foundation Insitut Kaplan, Barcelona, Spain 2014
Reference number 6072922
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC - Trauma and Orthopaedics, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
Member - General Medical Council
Fellow - Royal College of Surgeons of England
Member - British Society for Surgery of the Hand
Member - European Wrist Arthroscopy Society
Member - AO Trauma Foundation
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.