Sports Injuries

Purpose
The clinical team aims to provide a first class service in the prevention and treatment of sports related health problems, irrespective of age or ability.

Types of Injury
Whilst the reputation of Oswestry Sports Injury Services is grounded in the treatment it provides to professional sportspeople, those involved with sport at any level are welcome to access our NHS or private facilities.

Examples of injuries treated from a wide range of sporting activities include meniscal and ligament problems of the knee, shoulder disorders in contact, throwing and racquet sports, groin dysfunction in football players and foot & ankle problems in runners.

Research
Clinical research links exist between the Institute of Orthopaedics and several Universities. In the sports injury field specifically, strong ties have been developed with Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, the University of Exeter and The Football Association. The sports research programme includes:

  • assessment of anterior ligament strain during dynamic physical activity
  • the effect of acute endurance exercise on performance of the knee joint and joint injury
  • control of joint stability with regard to protection from injury
  • effects of muscle fatigue on joint performance and injury
  • cartilage cell regeneration
  •  bio-absorbable implants
  • rehabilitation

Clinical Team

Sports Injury Consultants

  • Mr Simon Roberts MA, BM BCh, FRCS(Orth), FFSEM(UK)
    After qualifying from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, followed byspecialist fellowships in Europe, Australia and the USA, and his consultant appointment in Oswestry in 1999, Simon Roberts has extensive experience across a broad range of sports injuries. His particular interest is minimally invasive surgery for joint instability, cartilage and ligament regeneration in the knee, shoulder & ankle.
  • Mr Pete Gallacher, MBChB FRCS (Orth)
    Prior to his consultant appointment in 2012, Pete Gallacher underwent orthopaedic training on the highly regarded Oswestry programme, training under Mr Dai Rees and Oswestry's sports injuries team, before undertaking fellowships in Sheffield and the BASK travelling fellowship in Europe. His areas of interest are sports injuries of the knee, cartilage regeneration, ligament reconstruction and the young arthritic knee.
  • Mr Andrew Barnett MB BS, MRCS(Ed), FRCS (Orth)
    Andrew Barnett has Undertaken fellowships in Knee reconstruction in Oxford (UK), Exeter (UK), Sports Surgery in Sydney (Australia) and Trauma Fellowship at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol (UK), before joining the sports injury team as a consultant in 2012. His clinical interests include sports injuries of the knee, ligament reconstruction, cartilage regeneration, patellofemoral instability, partial and total knee replacement.

Clinical Nurse Practitioner

  • Sister Gaynor Kanes, RGN NFAS
    Following a long career as a theatre nurse Gaynor has expanded
    her practice into the field of Sports Injury, and now works as
    a Clinical Nurse Practitioner with the team, providing patient support throughout the surgical cycle.

 Sports Injury Physiotherapists

  • Ms Andrea Bailey GradDipPhys MCSP SRP
    Andrea qualified from Leeds University in 1992. Since this time she
    has worked with a number of professional and semi professional
    sports teams from gymnasts to football players. Andrea is active in
    current areas of research and has written and published many
    evidence based knee rehabilitation protocols.
  • Ms Jane Leah BSc(Hons) MCSP SRP
    Since qualifying from Salford University in 1994, Jane has gained
    wide experience in the treatment of sporting injuries. From working with both senior and junior professional football teams, Jane has specialist knowledge not just in the adult but also the adolescent sportsperson

Facilities
The Sports Injury Service benefits from the extensive range of facilities at the orthopaedic Hospital, including:

Referrals
We request that referrals are faxed or emailed specifically to the Sports Injury Service, rather than to a particular Consultant.

Appointment Contacts:

Mr Simon Roberts
Tel: 01691 404094
Email: enquiries@rjah.nhs.uk

Mr Pete Gallacher
Tel: 01691 664849
Email:enquiries@rjah.nhs.uk

Mr Andrew Barnett
Tel: 01691 404167
Email: enquiries@rjah.nhs.uk

Fax: 01691 404052

Clinics
Weekly clinics at Oswestry and monthly in North Wales and Cheshire

Further information
Surgical queries: Sister Kanes on Helpline 01691 404165