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Last updated: 29 Jun 2020
My orthopaedic training completed with spine fellowships both in Edinburgh and Nottingham. I started my consultant career at the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham in February 2004.
In October 2006 I was asked to return to the Scottish National Spine Deformity Service where I continue my NHS practice. I continue to enjoy working with people to help them from infants through to retired adults with the full range of spine conditions. However due to various changes in private medicine recently I have had to take the difficult decision to only accept private patients from 18th birthday and above from 28/11/2019.
Beyond front line clinical care there is a great sense of friendship and fellowship among all clinicians treating spine conditions in Scotland, and beyond. I enjoy teaching at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and helping with the informal Scottish Spine Surgeons group.
Aside from clinical practice I provide an expert medicolegal practice for Courts in Scotland and England. This includes expert reports for both personal injury and medical negligence in spinal accidents and incidents.
To help comply with the Data Protection Act (1998) and from 25/05/2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2016) I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office - registration ZA210134 (under "Edinburgh Spine Specialist Ltd") - https://ico.org.uk
Areas of interest
Adult spinal; Adult spine; Spine deformity; Scoliosis; Kyphosis; Scheuermann's condition; Congenital; Spondylolisthesis; Degenerative; Degeneration; Back pain; Back injury; Neck pain; Cervical pain; Whiplash; Spine surgery;
Spinal surgery; Discectomy; Decompression; Spine fusion; Disc replacement; Spinal correction; Epidural injections; Facet injections; Medial branch blocks; Sacroiliac injections; Radiofrequency denervation (RFD); Radiofrequency thermocoagulation (RF); Coccyx procedures; Coccygectomy;
Medicolegal; Personal Injury; Medical Negligence
- Kathleen Fitzgerald
- PO Box 28296 EDINBURGH EH9 1PS
- 0131 667 4530
- 07484 755585
Anaesthetists worked with
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Spinal Surgeon, NHS Lothian
Consultant Spinal Surgeon, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Honorary)
Enhanced Recovery Pathways (ERP) and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in spine / spinal surgery.
Integrating Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) into routine spine / spinal surgery in Scotland.
Reducing risk in spine / spinal surgery with Intra-Operative Monitoring (IOM).
Flying, both aeroplanes and helicopters.
Winner of best paper (out of 47) at the 2017 British Scoliosis Society meeting in Birmingham.
Second prize (out of 10) at the 2019 Scottish Spine Surgeons meeting in Edinburgh.
A number of spine surgery publications with a full list appearing on the NHS web site.
Webmaster of two Scottish National level spine web sites.
Courses offered to GPs
I have and continue to work with the Spire Hospitals programme for all Health Care Professionals in Primary Care.
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Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
Please click on this link if you would like to see information about this healthcare professional’s performance compared to their peers, as published by their medical professional body.https://www.phin.org.uk
The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) is "the independent, government-mandated source of information about private healthcare, working to empower patients to make better-informed choices of care provider."
"The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Order requires PHIN to publish eleven performance measures at both hospital site and individual consultant level. The performance measures PHIN will eventually publish are:
1. Patient admission numbers, by procedure
2. Average length of stay, by procedure
3. Infection rates
4. Readmission rates
5. Revision surgery rates
6. Mortality rates
7. Unplanned patient transfers
8. Patient satisfaction, by site – based on the Friends and Family Test
9. Relevant information from the clinical registries and audits
10. Procedure-specific measures of improvement in health outcomes, starting with PROMs and QPROMs
11. Frequency of adverse events"
I look forward to working with PHIN to show all of my data over the coming months and years. The first publicly accessible data due later in 2018.
In addition all patients in my Private and NHS practices for in patient operations are offered the opportunity of registering with the British Spine Registry (BSR) - www.britishspineregistry.com
On 4th May 2018 the BSR shows 87% (52 of 60) patients would be "extremely likely" and a further 12% (7 of 60) "likely" to recommend me to a friend or family member (graph picture on this site).
- MB ChB University of Edinburgh 1991
- Fellow The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1996
- Fellow of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2002
Reference number 3564080
Details of entry to specialist register
- Trauma and Orthopaedics, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS)
British Scoliosis Society (BSS)
Scottish Spine Surgeons (SSS)
British Orthopaedic Society (BOA)
European Spine Society (EuroSpine)
British Medical Association (BMA)
Law Society of Scotland - Expert Witness
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Expert member - 1st tier
Academy of Experts - Full member
- Spire Murrayfield Hospital122 Corstorphine...
- 08:30 - 13:00
- 0131 334 0363
- Spire Murrayfield Hospital122 Corstorphine...
- 14:00 - 17:00
- 0131 334 0363
- Spire Shawfair Hospital10 Easter...
- 17:30 - 20:00
- 0131 654 5600
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
The best point of contact is Spire Murrayfield Hospital on 0131 334 0363. There is always someone there who can contact me (or my deputy).