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Charles A Pailthorpe FRCS Ed

    Year Qualified: 1977
    Clinical Interests: Hand and Wrist Surgery
 BSSH     (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
 BOA     (British Orthopaedic Association)
 ASSH     (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)

Academic background:

Charles Pailthorpe is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon consulting at the Circle Hospital, Reading seeing both private and Choose and Book NHS patients.

He qualified from Birmingham Medical School, having joined the Royal Army Medical Corps whilst a student. After completing his houseman year at hospitals in Stratford and Coventry he was posted to Hong Kong as the Regimental Medical Officer at Stanley Fort. Whilst there he served with the First Battalion, the Royal Green Jackets, and the Queen’s Own Highlanders before moving to the British Military Hospital in Kowloon to start his career in surgery. He had a variety of postings in military hospitals in England and had tours to Northern Ireland, West Germany, Belize, the Falklands and Nepal. He served in the first Gulf War.

His training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery involved experience in military hospitals and also two years in Oxford at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital. He started his consultant career at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot in 1992 but left the Services in 1995 to take up his current post at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust. His military career inevitably involved a large experience in traumatic injuries, but his elective interest in orthopaedic conditions has always been in the upper limb, to the extent that now he is exclusively a hand surgeon. He has obtained a postgraduate certificate in Medical Informatics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in March 2006.

He has just finished 8 years as the Webmaster to the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and was an editor on the published BSSH HandBook. He was the Chairman of a collaborative committee between the Britsh Orthopaedic Association and the BSSH and produced a document on best practice guidelines for the 'Management of Distal Radial Fractures'. He is on the Editorial Board of the Europaen Journal of Hand Surgery and is also an International Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is the current External Examiner for the Diploma of Hand Surgery for the University of Manchester. He is designing a wrist replacement with an american company.

General information:

Charles is married with a son and a daughter and four grandchildren. He enjoys walking his dogs, is a keen long distance cyclist and is the webmaster for several sites.