Orthopaedics & Trauma

There has been a strong tradition of orthopaedics in Norwich going right back to Benjamin Gooch.

Tommy Brittain was the first ‘pure’ orthopaedic surgeon.  He was appointed in 1935.  Mr Brittain gave his name to ischio-femoral arthrodesis of the hip using the buttresses of Norwich Cathedral as a mechanical model.

Innovative surgery in diseases of the hip have formed a pre-eminent part of our work and the late Ken McKee CBE was appointed in 1939.  He joined up with the late John Watson-Farrar to introduce the McKee-Farrar hip replacement, which was the first mass production hip replacement in the world.

The late Hugh Phillips was an accomplished orthopaedic surgeon and worked hard throughout his career to maintain surgical standards, his ultimate achievement was to be elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons by his peers.

The department now has 20 orthopaedic consultants including an academic reader at UEA. We provide an upper and lower limb  and spinal service as well as paediatric orthopaedics.