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  • Applications for the shoulder fellowship starting in 2017 is now open.
    Please apply by visiting the Unit and sending your CV to Jan Barker
    Visits to the Reading shoulder unit are welcome - Please liaise with Jan Barker [Read more]
  • RSU is advertising for shoulder fellowship to start in July 2017
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for One year. please send CV to Mrs Jan Barker and arrange a visit to meet Prof Levy and Mr Sforza. [Read more]
  • Coming up courses:
    we invite you to join us:
    • Cadaveric Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional course,  22-23 February 2018. Poznan, Poland.
    With UK and International faculty

    Limited places - Register early
    • GP Teaching event 21 March 2018 - Royal Berkshire Hospital
    The next GP teaching event will take place on 21 March 2018 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Trust Education Centre at 18:30 (Food will be provided)
    18:30 - 19:00 - arrival and registration 
    19:00 - 20:30 Teaching:
    • Algorithm for assesment and treatment of the painful shoulder
    • Examination of the shoulder
    • Advances in shoulder surgery

    I will encourage you to register early as places are limited. 

    For registration please e-mail or call on 01189028116.


  • 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)
  • Shoulder study day for Physiotherapists
    Will be available soon.
    Please register your interest by e-mail to: [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]
  • 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]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK

    Bone Joint J 2013 vol. 95-B no. SUPP 27 25

    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza 
  • Art at the Reading Shoulder and Elbow Centre
    Original fine art prints all dealing with human body in different situations by four artists are exhibited in the Reading Shoulder and Elbow centre 

    The prints on display are available to buy, with the artist contributing a donation to research. For more information please contact the secretaries in the unit.

    [Read more]
  • The Verso stemless rTSA is approved in Australia & New Zealand by the TGA.
    Its use is launched soon in Australia & New Zealand. 

  • Excellent clinical results over more than 11 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • Cadaveric Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional Course 22-23 February 2018 - Poznan, Poland

    Enquiries: Sean Bate +44 7469 191672
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Enquiries / Referral for Surgery
How do I get referred for surgery?

For overseas patients who require assistance please contact the Reading shoulder unit direct or drop us an email for further information.

For UK patients: referral to the unit is via your GP to a Consultant is prefered. You will need to visit your GP who will refer you to one of the Shoulder Surgeons at The Reading shoulder unit, passing on any relevant medical history. Your Consultant will then see you as an outpatient to discuss your case. If surgery is required a suitable date can be arranged during your outpatient consultation.

New!! for NHS patients and GPs - The Reading shoulder unit at the Berkshire Independent Hospital is now on the Choose & Book network for NHS patients.


'Pay as you go' Cost Care Surgery

The Hospital has a 'Pay as you go' Cost Care Surgery Scheme for patients without medical insurance. This scheme provides all inclusive prices for a range of surgical procedures subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the 'Pay as you go' Cost Care Surgery brochure. For further information about all inclusive self pay packages contact the Reading shoulder unit secretaries.


For more information or to book an outpatient consultation contact:

Berkshire Independent Hospital Reading (Ramsay)
The Reading Shoulder Unit
Swallows Croft, Wensley Road

Coley Park

United Kingdom

Tel: 0118 902808080

Reading Shoulder Unit - NHS BIH Treatment Centre

Berkshire Independent Hospital
Swallows Croft, Wensley Road, Reading RG1 6UZ

Secretary:  RSU secretaries

Tel : 0118 902 8063
Fax: 0118 902 8138

Click to download Directions for The Berkshire Independent
Hospital (BIH) (Ramsay)
using Google Maps

Reading Shoulder Unit- Dunedin Hospital
Spire Dunedin Hospital
16 Bath Road, Reading RG1 6NS
Click to download Directions for the Spire Dunedin Hospital
using Google Maps

Private Medical Secretaries:

Professor Ofer Levy - Jan Barker 

Tel:    0118 902 8116        
Fax:   0118 902 8138


Mr Giuseppe Sforza - Kate Whiting 
Tel:   0118 9028109  
Fax:  0118 9028138


Mr Bruguera - RSU secretaries

Tel:   0118 9028063
Fax:  0118 9028138


Mr Giuseppe Sforza-Julie Knight
Tel: 0118 9521318

The Reading Shoulder Unit - NHS RBH
Professor Ofer Levy
The Royal Berkshire NHS FT Hospital
London Road

Secretaries: Shoulder admin team

Tel : 0118 322 7415 option 3
Fax: 0118 322 8908

Click to download Directions for The RBH
using Google Maps