Welcome to the Shoulder and Elbow Centre - Reading Shoulder Unit

The Reading Shoulder Unit, an international centre of excellence,with both NHS and private wings, based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Independent Hospital (Ramsay), investigates and treats patients with all types of disorders of the shoulder. The unit is recognised worldwide, treating patients locally, nationally and internationally.

The Reading Shoulder Unit is based at 
the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Independent Hospital (Ramsay).



 NHS Patients now can be seen on both sites through Choose & Book.

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 On this website you will find information:


As well as the latest news, events and courses.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


  • Interested in the Reading Shoulder fellowship?
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for One year. please send CV to Mrs Jan Barker [Read more]
  • Applications for the Senior shoulder fellowship starting in July 2014 is now open.
    Please apply electronically through NHS Jobs
    Visits to the Reading shoulder unit are welcome - Please liaise with Jan Barker [Read more]
  • New, New, New: Innovative Design Orthopaedics -
    IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge. [Read more]
  • Verso Stemless TSA with a new company Innovative Design Orthopaedics (IDO)
  • Coming up courses:
    Following a very successful course in July we invite you to join the 

    Reading Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional course 7 November 2014

    Limited places - Register early [Read more]
  • Physiotherapists interested in shoulder surgery are invited to the Reading Advanced Shoulder course 2013 with outstanding international faculty. [Read more]
  • For GPs - New!!! NHS Choose & Book
    The Unit at Berkshire Independent Hospital is open for NHS patients through Choose & Book (Extended Choice Network).
    Book online
    or contact the secretaries. [Read more]
  • The unit is recognised worldwide, treating patients locally
  • Groundbreaking research from the Reading Shoulder Unit by Prof. Ofer Levy and his team regarding Propionibacterium Acnes and shoulder arthritis. 
    Propionibacterium acnes: an underestimated etiology in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis?

    This is a very important article in that it suggests the presence of propionibacterium in previously unoperated shoulders with arthritis and furthermore that 'aseptic' failures of shoulder arthroplasty may, in fact, be related to indolent infections with this slow growing organism.
    Read comments by Dr Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.
    [Read more]
  • New Survey on usage of shoulder replacement prostheses.
    Take the survey [Read more]
  • Listen to the BBC Radio4 programme - a day in the operating theatre at the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital - Case Notes with Dr Mark Porter on Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery [Read more]