Professor Robert Middleton

  • Specialities Orthopaedics
  • Telephone 01202 303 477 ext 4465
  • Year of first qualification 1989
  • GMC Number 3326088
  • Fax 01202 303 477


Robert Middleton studied medicine at Cambridge University before moving to Guys Hospital in London to complete his medical training. He trained as a surgeon at a number of teaching hospitals including Kings College Hospital, University College Hospital and The Middlesex Hospital. His orthopaedic surgical training was at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore. He completed this as a Senior Registrar at the Middlesex Hospital London.

He then trained internationally receiving an AO Trauma Fellowship to train and work in Fribourg in Switzerland. He was then awarded a traveling fellowship from both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Kings Fund London to receive sub specialist training in complex hip surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia. He was appointed as an Orthopaedic Consultant specialising in hip and revision hip surgery at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 1999.

He provides orthopaedic elective services specialising in hips at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and is an Orthopaedic Trauma Consultant at Poole Hospital. In addition to providing clinical services for patients he runs a well recognised training programme for orthopaedic surgeons both in the UK and internationally to train in hip disorders. He lectures and runs workshops both nationally and internationally in the latest developments of hip surgery and surgical techniques. In 2008 he was appointed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement as Clinical Lead in hip and knee replacement in England.

Robert Middleton is involved in research and had held posts at the University of Adelaide and Australia as a visiting clinical lecturer and in 2008 was appointed as a visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.

Professor Middleton specialises in the following treatments in Bournemouth:


  • Weekly Thursday AM or PM
  • Other days and times by arrangement


Current posts

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
  • Professor of Orthopaedics Bournemouth University
  • Head Orthopaedic Research Unit Bournemouth University


Other interests

Knee Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), knee replacement and orthopaedic trauma. Hip Replacement, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Injections and Hip Revision Surgery.

Member of

  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Hip Society
  • Medical Defence Union


Robert Middleton leads a hip research team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital specializing in international randomized controlled trials looking into hip replacement. He has published and lectured internationally on computer navigated surgery, minimally invasive surgery and hip resurfacing.

He is an expert in rapid improvement, organizational changes and clinical outcomes in hospitals and the healthcare sector. He lectures on Department of Health Workshops and his research work has been presented at conferences around the world.


Professor Robert Middleton works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Health-on-Line
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA

Professor Robert Middleton does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Professor Robert Middleton has the following interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital:

Professor Robert Middleton is the director of a company which provides consultancy services to and has share options in Firstkind, a company which supplies devices called the Geko and Firefly (devices to stimulate calf muscles and reduce swelling). Professor Robert Middleton is also a designer of the Master SL hip stem manufactured by Lima, with whom he has a royalty contract in place.

Professor Robert Middleton does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.