Welcome to Reading Children's Orthopaedic Unit

"Experienced local consultants providing children and adolescents with expert care"

Reading Children's Orthopaedic Unit is led by consultant surgeons Nev Davies and Richard Dodds, consultant orthotist Nick Gallogly and Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Kate Hutchings. Recently joined by Amr Elkhouly, Consultant of Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. We are working together to ensure the best possible outcomes and experiences for our young patients. Between us we have many years experience dealing with the whole spectrum of children's orthopaedic and trauma conditions. Talk to us about sports injury prevention and knee injury prevention here in the UK.

Our NHS practice is based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and between us we also have presence in all three of Reading’s private facilities; CircleReading, Spire Dunedin Hospital and the Berkshire Independent Hospital. We have close links to associated professionals – anaesthetists, physiotherapists, sports physicians and orthotists - with whom we have long and trustworthy working relationships.

 

The team at Reading Orthopaedic Unit can offer your child a convenient appointment in one of our state of the art facilities. We will organise any investigations or therapies promptly with local recommended experts.

 

THE TEAM

Nev Davies

Knee Surgery & Childrens Orthopaedics

Nev underwent his basic medical training at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, London and qualified in 2000. After completing Basic Surgical Training in London he moved to Oxford and spent six years on the Oxford Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar training programme where he developed an interest in adult knee surgery and children’s orthopaedics. In 2009 he undertook a fellowship in Sydney, working at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, under the wing of Assistant Professor David Little, specialising in children’s orthopaedics.

 

Nev was made a substantive NHS consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in November 2011. He has been involved in teaching and research throughout his career and has presented at international meetings and published work in peer reviewed journals. He has also written two books on orthopaedics both published by Oxford University Press.


Nev has a particular interest in children’s & adolescent knee conditions. Nev has published research during his training on a wide variety of topics, including Children's Reported Outcome Measures in Orthopaedics and Telescopic Growing Rods. His current projects at the Royal Berkshire Hospital include the treatment of Perthes disease and management of musculoskeletal infection in children.

 

Please note: Mr Davies consults on a Tuesday and operates on a Monday morning.

Richard Dodds

Knee Surgery & Childrens Orthopaedics

Richard was educated at Kingston Grammar School, St.Catharine’s College, Cambridge and St.Thomas’s Hospital, London. After basic surgical training, he became a Registrar at Reading and Oxford, and then Senior Registrar at St.Mary’s Hospital, London. He carried out a Fellowship in Knee Surgery in Brisbane, Australia with Dr.P.Myers, and paediatric training with Dr.T.Maguire in Brisbane and Mr.A.Catteral and Mr.J.Fixen in London (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Great Ormond Street).

 

Richard has a special interest in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee and in sporting injuries of the knee, as well as in the orthopaedic management of children. He has a passion for education and training the next generation of surgeons having been Chairman of the Oxford Region Specialty Training Committee for 5 years and Director of Medical Education for the Royal Berkshire Hospital for 6 years.

 

Richard won 144 senior international hockey caps for England and Great Britain culminating in winning the Olympic Gold Medal in Seoul in 1988. He is still trying to compete in veterans hockey, and also plays golf and cycles the roads to keep fit.

 

Please note: Mr Dodds consults on a Tuesday & Friday and operates on Tuesday mornings.

Nick Gallogly

Children's Orthotics

Nick first qualified in 2004 with a degree in Medical Mechanical Engineering from Dublin which predominantly focused on the medical application of biomechanics. He then qualified from Salford University with honours in Prosthetics and Orthotics. In early 2014 he attained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Biomechanics from Staffordshire University.

 

Nick currently works as the head of service and Orthotic Clinical Lead at the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust Hospital.

 

Nick is also the official foot and ankle specialist to a number of professional sports team. These include the GB rowing and Para-Rowing Teams, London Irish Rugby, Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby and  Reading FC academy.  He is also a qualified medical classifier for GB Para Rowing.

 

Nick has a research interest in the identification and management tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction in primary care and has developed a pathway in the management of this condition across Reading. He also has a keen interest in sports injury prevention, lower limb orthotic management and the conservative orthotic management of neurological conditions.

Kate Hutchings

Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant

Kate Hutchings is a Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant at Circle Reading Hospital and is experienced in working with both elite and recreational athletes. Kate qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1997 and gained Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2003.


Having worked in Sydney during the 2000 Games, she returned to the UK to work in Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) and gained her master’s with distinction in 2004 from University College, London. She has also held a GP position in South West London from 2003 to 2010.


She completed her Specialist training in SEM from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register. She has trained in a variety of disciplines including Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Exercise Medicine, Public Health and Emergency Medicine and is skilled in the use of diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections.


Kate is also involved in promoting the importance of physical activity in chronic disease management and is co-author of the NHS document 'A fresh approach'. Kate has experience in working with both professional and recreational teams from a wide variety of sports. Her previous positions include working for the English National Ballet as company doctor and she is experienced in looking after the female athlete and related medical issues. She has also held positions at Chelsea Football Club academy division, Oxford University Rugby Team and has travelled with both UK Athletics and the GB synchronized swimming team to world championships.


She has developed and led NHS musculoskeletal clinics at Crystal Palace, London for several years looking after recreational sports men and women. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Kate worked as a Sports Physician at the Aquatic Centre as part of the medical team looking after swimming and diving.


In 2018, Kate was part of the medical headquarters looking after the England Olympic Team at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.


Current NHS or research position
Kate is currently a Consultant at the English Institute of Sport at Bisham Abbey wherevshe works as part of the medical team looking after Olympic and Paralympic athletes from a range of sports including GB hockey, canoeing, synchronized swimming, diving, wheelchair basketball and women's rugby.


She is a fellow of the Royal College of Sports and Exercise Medicine and holds a position on the Executive board of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine. Kate currently also holds the position of medical advisor to the Royal Ballet at the Opera House, Convent Garden.

Amr Elkhouly

Consultant of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Mr Amr Elkhouly, is a Consultant of Trauma and Orthopaedics in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh-Trauma and Orthopaedics- as well as a Member of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery (BSCOS). He is also a faculty member of the Miller’s International Orthopaedic FRCS teaching course, Oxford, UK.

Amr completed three national specialist fellowships in Alderhey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool University Hospital, Southampton University Hospital and the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He has also completed an international limb reconstruction fellowship in the Ilizarov Institute, Kurgan, Russia, for limb deformities. In 2017 he attended and presented at the International Paediatric Orthopaedic Symposium (Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA))

His sub-speciality interests include:

· Paediatric orthopaedics: management of paediatric hip pathology, foot and ankle deformities .

· Limb alignment surgery: management of children’s lower limb deformities using different techniques of treatment, including special plaster cast (Ponseti method), splinting, and surgical intervention using techniques such as guided growth or distraction osteogenesis through internal or external fixation (circular frames).

· Adult trauma and deformity: management of complex trauma and its sequelae, including malunion/ non-union requiring corrective osteotomy and internal/external fixation using the Ilizarov principles.

· Lower Limb Joint Replacement Surgery: management of adult Osteoarthritis (degenerative/traumatic) with different modalities of treatment including joint injections, arthroscopy, Knee and Hip arthroplasty surgery.

 

Amr is the lead of the simulation centre for Orthopaedics in the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, has been involved in teaching and research throughout his career and had several presentations in international meetings and publications in peer reviewed journals.

Outside work, loves his Basketball ! Back in his home town, he was a member of the Alexandria Sporting Club first team who won the Egyptian cup on a number of occasions. He played University basketball with Alexandria winning the cup three years in a row and then went on to represent Egypt at international level, winning gold medals in several tournaments. Amr and his young family are now proud supporters of the Reading Rockets Basketball team.

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