Mr Richards trained at The Royal London Hospital Medical School, qualifying as a doctor in 1992. His Orthopaedic training was on the North-West Thames programme, based at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. After which he completed two fellowship training posts. The first was at The Mater Hospital, Sydney Australia. The second at the renowned Pulvertaft Hand Unit at The Derby Royal Infirmary.
Mr Richards commenced his Consultant Orthopaedic post in Bournemouth and Poole in September 2004.
Mr Richards's orthopaedic NHS and Private work is focused on his area of specialist clinical interest; Hand, wrist and elbow surgery. Conditions treated include all types of arthritis, nerve compressions (carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome), tendonitis (tennis/golfers elbow, De-Quervain’s tenosynovitis), ligament reconstruction (skiers thumb), Dupuytren’s disease, removal of lumps/bumps, and trauma (fractures and soft tissue/tendon/ligament injuries).
Surgical techniques include joint replacement and arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery.
His philosophy is to practise the most up-to-date Orthopaedic treatment, with an informative approach to patients. In clinic, patients will undergo a consultation with a thorough examination and a full explanation of their Orthopaedic condition. Following this, patients will be in the position to make an informed decision on their treatment options and then have best practice treatment, carried out under strict infection control guidelines. Results of surgical outcome, as well as patient satisfaction surveys on some surgical procedures, will be monitored. Mr Richards has been active in clinical research with publications in many journals including the Lancet and BMJ. He is active in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching/training.
Mr Richards is chairman of the East Dorset Orthopaedic Consultants Association
Mr Richards' Orthopaedic work is focused on his areas of clinical interest, thus a large proportion of his work is on the Hand / Wrist, and Elbow.
Conditions treated include:
- all types of arthritis
- nerve compressions (such as Carpal tunnel Syndrome)
- lumps and bumps
- Dupuytren’s disease
- trauma (fractures and soft tissue injuries).
Surgical techniques include joint replacements and arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. Mr Richards specialises in all aspects of hand, wrist and elbow surgery including:
- arthroscopic surgery
- carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Dupuytren’s disease
- Joint replacement
- Joint fusion
- Tendon and ligament reconstruction
- Tennis/Golfer's elbow
- Thumb base arthritis
- Trauma of the hand, wrist and elbow
Treatments and tests offered by Mr Simon Richards at Nuffield Health
- Carpal tunnel release
- Hand surgery
- Elbow surgery
- Trauma reconstruction
- Bone Graft
- British Society for Surgery of the Hand
- Medical Defence Union
Other posts held
- Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital
- Royal Bournemouth Hospital
- Poole General Hospital
Insurers Mr Simon Richards works with
Mr Simon Richards works with the following private medical insurance providers:
- Aviva Health
- AXA PPP Healthcare
- AXA PPP International
- Benenden Health
- Bupa On Demand
- CS Healthcare
- Exeter Family Friendly
Mr Simon Richards does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.
Mr Simon Richards does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.
Mr Simon Richards does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.