Patients requiring surgery or treatment on shoulders and elbows could now be seen by a new orthopaedic consultant surgeon at Grantham and District hospital.
Consultant shoulder and elbow surgeon Mr Alun Yewlett has begun working at Grantham and District hospital as the lead for upper limb surgery.
Mr Yewlett is an experienced consultant, with special interests in shoulder and elbow surgery, reconstruction and replacement. Prior to his appointment to lead the upper limb service at Grantham, he was working as a consultant in his native South Wales.
He has completed many fellowships and trained with some of the world’s best elbow surgeons. He hopes to build on his experience of working in several internationally recognised centres of orthopaedic excellence and bring that expertise to the shoulder and elbow service at Grantham and the wider Trust.
Mr Yewlett trained in Wales to become a consultant in 2014. He brings a wealth of experience to the Trust and believes in working with colleagues across our hospitals for more complex cases to both share experience and improve patient outcomes.
He believes that good quality research should underpin clinical practice and has published more than 35 articles in peer reviewed journals in addition to several chapters on shoulder and elbow trauma in a textbook for orthopaedic trainees and is currently a lead author on the soon to be published British guidelines for joint problems.
At Grantham hospital, Mr Yewlett broadens the expertise of the consultant team, meaning that more orthopaedic procedures can be carried out locally in Grantham and Lincolnshire. He has already introduced a shoulder ultrasound “one stop” clinic. For patients who need a shoulder ultrasound and a guided injection, this allows them to have everything done in one visit, rather than having to re-attend at a later date. Feedback from patients has been excellent for this service to date.
“When I joined ULHT I was delighted to find a very dedicated, professional and welcoming orthopaedic team. I look forward to contributing to the future successes of the department at Grantham and District Hospital,” he said.
- Procedures Mr Yewlett is specifically interested and specialises in are keyhole surgery of the elbow, in addition to elbow replacements for trauma and degenerative conditions as well as a revision arthroplasty service for shoulder and elbow replacements.
- Mr Yewlett believes that Grantham hospital offers him the opportunity to widen access to both straightforward and complex shoulder and elbow procedures locally for those that need it
- In order to gain further experience he delayed taking up a substantive consultant post for two years in order to undertake further specialist training at several of country’s most prestigious and internationally recognised competitively appointed fellowships in Exeter, Stockport and London.
- These fellowships in addition to time spent working in Europe alongside Dr Roger Van Riet and Dr Denise Eygendaal two of the world’s foremost elbow arthroscopists have provided him with excellent training and a foundation to introduce some more cutting edge techniques into Lincolnshire.