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The Centre for Hand and Upper Limb Surgery (Upper Limb Unit) at Wrightington Hospital was set up in 1979 by Prof John Stanley. Over the 28 years since its inception, the Wrightington Hospital Upper Limb Unit has expanded and developed considerable expertise in the field of shoulder surgery, elbow replacement surgery, arthroscopy of the elbow, shoulder and wrist with special expertise of the wrist and distal radio-ulnar joint problems and hand problems.

The new self-contained Upper Limb Centre was built in 2004, with it's own ward and two operating theatres. This allows for a high quality of care and convenience for patients.

Patients are referred from throughout the UK and Europe for opinions and treatment of difficult management problems.  The outstanding team support that each member receives has been recognised by the award of the Surgical Team of the Year in 2004 as judged by a representative of the Royal College of Surgeons.