Our hand centre was created recently in 2017, in recognition of the growing national and international consensus that acute hand injuries and chronic hand conditions require a different skill set that incorporates the knowledge and experience of both orthopaedic and plastic surgery. The British Society of Surgery on the Hand (BSSH) has long called for hand surgery to be delivered by sub-specialty hand surgeons, and this is echoed by recent developments within the General Medical Council (GMC) to consider Hand Surgery as a unique entry on their Specialist Register (December 2018).
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire are leading the way in this endeavour. Seven dedicated hand surgeons with super-specialty qualifications in hand surgery now lead a dedicated hand unit with a separate emergency on-call service purely for hand trauma. We provide a seven day service with dedicated clinics for new hand injuries to be assessed and treated Monday to Saturday, and operate daily including Sundays. Listen to a recent interview on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire here. Hand injuries are the most common of source of trauma, and the department is supported by two plastic surgeons with a sub-specialty background in soft tissue hand reconstruction. The unit has a dedicated hand trauma coordinator to ensure the smooth running of the service, and is further supported by a hand therapy department with two extended scope practioners joining our outpatient clinic team.
Within this website, you can learn more about our individual team members. We are also developing a resource for patients to find out more information regarding problems they may face with their hands, along with instructions that may be useful prior to or following treatment of their hand conditions / injuries.