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Mr Farnell is an experienced specialist Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon who was appointed in 2002. He graduated from the University of London in 1990. After his House Surgeon and Physician posts in Chichester and South London he taught anatomy at the St George’s Hospital Medical School, London. His Basic Surgical Training continued at St George’s, St Helier and Kingston Hospitals in South London and Surrey until he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Mr Farnell undertook his higher surgical training in Yorkshire and was awarded the Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001. He held further clinical hand fellowships in Leeds (National Interface Hand Fellow), Indianapolis (AO Hand Fellow), Louisville (AO Hand Fellow) and Leeds (Microsurgical Fellow) before he was appointed as a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2002. Here he works exclusively as a specialist hand and wrist surgeon and provides a tertiary referral service for the management of complex injuries to the hand and wrist referred from other Orthopaedic Surgeons and Hospitals.
Mr Farnell remains actively involved in surgical education. As a trainee he was an elected member of the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association for 4 consecutive years. Here he represented the UK trainees at the British Medical Association, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Organising Committee for the Instructional Courses in Hand Surgery and as Secretary of the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association. He currently is a Member of the UK Faculty for the AO Foundation instructing in hand and wrist trauma courses in the UK, he teaches on the Royal College of Surgeons hand courses and Synthes cadaver courses. He is the Educational Supervisor of the National Interface Hand Fellow in Leeds and is an elected member of the Education and Training Committee for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is an examiner for the interface Hand Diploma, which is the specialist hand examination for hand trainees in the UK.
Mr Farnell has written several invited book chapters in international postgraduate text books and journals and he reviews scientific articles for several scientific journals.
Mr Farnell works as a specialist surgeon treating conditions affecting the hand and wrist. He provides a service for the management of complex conditions that are referred from other surgeons throughout the region.
Areas of expertise:
HAND: peripheral nerve entrapment, Dupuytrens disease, trigger finger, arthritis of the hand and thumb and hand trauma.
WRIST: All trauma particularly fractures of the distal radius and scaphoid bone, wrist arthritis, wrist arthroscopy, scaphoid non-union, wrist ligament injuries, correction of mal-united wrist fractures and wrist pain.
Areas of interest
Hand Surgery: carpal tunnel syndrome, dupuytren's contracture, arthritis, nerve compression, hand injuries, hand fractures, hand pain, thumb pain.
Wrist Surgery: scaphoid fractures and non-union, wrist fractures, fractures of the distal radius, wrist pain.
- Lisa Harris
- Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital 2 Leighton Street LEEDS LS1 3EB
- 0113 388 2193
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
- Professional website
- Dr Foster webpage
- Spire Hospital, Leeds
- Nuffield Hospital, Leeds
- BMI Duchy Hospital, Harrogate
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon, Leeds General Infirmary
Honorary Senor Lecturer, University of Leeds
Golf - member of The Alwoodley Golf Club
Learning to play the guitar
Mortality rate 0%
Attributed complication rate 0.5% (compared to 2.3% local surgeons and 2.3% peer surgeons)
Readmission rate 1.8% (compared to 5.2% local surgeons and 3.6% peer surgeons)
94.4% of surgery performed as day cases (compared to 39.1% local surgeons and 46.9& peer surgeons)
Data provided by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in January 2013.
- Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery London 1990
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England FRCS(Eng) 1995
- Intercollegiate Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery FRCS(Trauma & Orth) 2001
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Education and Training Committee member British Society for Surgery of the Hand 2010
- Examiner for the Interface Hand Diploma British Society for Surgery of the Hand 2014
- Chairman of the AO UK Hand and Wrist Courses AO UK 2017
Details of entry to specialist register
- Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002
Affiliations / memberships
European wrist arthroscopy society
- Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, LS1 3EB
- 18:00 - 20:30
- 0113 388 2193
- Spire Leeds Hospital, LS8 1NT
- 08:00 - 12:30
- 0113 388 2193
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.