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Charles A Pailthorpe FRCS Ed

    Year Qualified: 1977
    Clinical Interests: Hand and Wrist Surgery
    Memberships:
 BSSH     (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
 BOA     (British Orthopaedic Association)
 CSOS     (Combined Services Orthopaedic Society)

Academic background:

Charles Pailthorpe is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon working in the NHS at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading and consulting privately at Capio Hospital, Reading.

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 is a member of the Organising Committee and an examiner for the Diploma in Hand Surgery.  He is the Webmaster to the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). He is the chairman of a collaborative committee between the Britsh Orthopaedic Association and the BSSH to produce a document on best practice guidelines for the 'Management of Distal Radial Fractures'. He is an International Guest Member of the 'Consultation Corner' at the annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is designing a wrist replacement with an american company.

General information:

Charles is married with a son and a daughter. He enjoys walking his dogs, is a keen long distance cyclist, builds computers and is a webmastrer for several sites.