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The Shoulder Unit offers rapid diagnosis, intervention and aftercare, with a national and international reputation for exemplary treatment of all shoulder and elbow problems.

The Unit is led by two of the UK's top orthopaedic upper limb surgeons. They are supported by world class operating theatres, physiotherapy and imaging.

The Shoulder Unit offers rapid diagnosis, intervention and aftercare, with a national and international reputation for exemplary treatment of all shoulder and elbow problems.

The Unit is led by two of the UK's top orthopaedic upper limb surgeons. They are supported by world class operating theatres, physiotherapy and imaging.

The Shoulder Unit offers rapid diagnosis, intervention and aftercare, with a national and international reputation for exemplary treatment of all shoulder and elbow problems.

The Unit is led by two of the UK's top orthopaedic upper limb surgeons. They are supported by world class operating theatres, physiotherapy and imaging.

Welcome to The Shoulder Unit

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The Shoulder Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth was established in 1991 and is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow.

In the following video, our Consultants give an overview of the Unit, including what common shoulder and elbow problems they see and the treatment options available.

The Unit treats all shoulder and elbow problems, including sports injuries, complex or revision procedures, trauma and conditions associated with aging.

Our team has close links with many national and regional sporting organisations and performing arts companies. We treat players from a majority of the UK's premiership rugby clubs as well as elite athletes from other sports including tennis, Olympic and Paralympic athletics, football, iceskating and motocross.

Led by two of the UK's top orthopaedic surgeons (Mr Philip AhrensMr Carlos Cobiella), the Shoulder Unit can provide consultations, specialist imaging, physiotherapy and state of the art surgical facilities under one roof at London's famous Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth.

The Shoulder Unit is fully equipped to surgically and conservatively manage shoulder and elbow disorders utilising the latest techniques and state of the art technology. Our Consultants are specialists in keyhole surgery which has shorter and less painful recovery times than conventional open surgery.

Please contact the Shoulder Unit Coordinator on 020 7806 4004 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information on the Unit or you are interested in booking an appointment. We can often offer same day consultantions.

Walk-in Appointments

If you have shoulder problems or symptoms that you are worried about, you are able to attend our private, self pay urgent care centre Casualty First. Open 7 days a week, Casualty First's highly experienced doctors can arrange onward referrals to the Shoulder Unit. Referrals are routinely covered by medical insurance companies.

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