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  • For Patients, GPs & Physiotherapies - 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]
  • Excellent clinical results over more than 13 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK
    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza
    Bone & Joint Journal 2013, Vol. 95-B Supp. 25-27

    Complication Rates From Three Commonly Used Reverse Polarity Total Shoulder Replacements: A Minimum Two Year Follow-Up Of 64 Cases
  • Excellent results with the Verso TSA were published in Italy! 
    A group of oorthopaedic surgeons from northern Italy from Piacenza and Verona published their first few years experience with the stemless reverse TSA - The VERSO. 
    They present Excellent clinical and radiologic results that mirror the results of the designing centre!
    (Read more) [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]
  • 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]
  • 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.
    and it was launched and in increase use in Australia. 

  • Due to the current state of lockdown due the Coronavirus outbreak, We offer Virtual Video consultations for post-operative patients and follow-up and offer Virtual Video consultations for advice for new patients.

    If interested please call:
    Prof. Ofer Levy - Secretary - Cherie 07800875033
    Mr. Giuseppe Sforza - Secretary - Tania 07488384479
    NHS - Secretary - Gail 0118 902 8109
      [Read more]
  • Further scientific support from Robert Hudek et al. paper to Prof. Levy’s theory on the role of C Acnes in the aetiology of Osteoarthritis (Read More)
  • The RSU Academy Course for GPs and Physiotherapists will take place virtually, via Zoom,

    weekly every Wednesday between 19:00 - 20:00 UK time.

    This week on the 18/11/2020:

    Shoulder Instability - Diagnosis and treatment options – Update

    [Read more]
  • תן כתף לשלום

    מומחה ישראלי ומומחה פלסטיני משתלמים ביחד אצל פרופ׳ עפר לוי המנהל את המרכז הבינלאומי לכירורגיה של הכתף ברידינג. האם כאן יתחיל השלום במזרח התיכון? שיחה

    [Read more]
Anaesthetists - Berkshire Private Anaesthesia (BPA)

Dr Atul Kapila MBBS, FRCA
Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Kapila has been a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at The Royal Berkshire Hospital since June 1996. He works with a group of fourteen Consultants in Anaesthetics and six Consultants in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He specialises in three clinical areas, general and regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery, intensive care medicine and anaesthesia for vascular surgery. Other interests include difficult airway management and pharmacokinetics, together with a continuing interest in research projects both in anaesthesia and intensive care. His main non-clinical role is in medical education, having been Royal College of Anaesthetists tutor for 5 years he is now Regional Advisor for training in intensive care medicine since January 2002. 


Consultant Anaesthetist

Medical School – St Bartholomews Hospital, University of London
Year Qualified – 1986
Sub-speciality Interest – Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Post-graduate examiner in Intensive Care for the UK faculty and for the European Society of Intensive care Medicine
Anaesthetic Training – London (St Bartholomews Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital) and South Australia (Royal Adelaide Hospital)
Consultant in Reading since – 2003
Outside interests – Classic car restoration
SCUBA diving
GMC number – 3170445.



Dr Ed Todman, BMedSci, MBBS, FRCA

Consultant Anaesthetist


Medical School – St Bartholomews & The Royal London Hospital
Year Qualified – 2002
Sub-speciality Interest – Anaesthesia for al District General Hospital sub-specialities – especially that of difficult airway management and major urology
Anaesthetic Training – Imperial School of Anaesthesia
Consultant in Reading since 2015
Outside interests –
GMC Number – 6053233.


Dr Ian Rechner BSc, MBBS, FRCA, FFICM

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia


Dr Rechner has been a Consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation hospital since 2005. He underwent training at University College London, Oxford and Brisbane Australia. Dr Rechner's main areas of specialization are general and regional Anaesthesia for shoulder surgery, paediatric and preoperative medicine. Intensive Care medicine makes up a large part of his job plan at the Royal Berkshire hospital. His main non clinical roles are as the Training Programme Director for Intensive Care Medicine in the Oxford deanery. He is an expert in the Hamilton ICU ventilator and runs the ICU computerised medical record. His main research area is early recognition and management of the acutely ill patient.


Dr Richard Barnes MB ChB, FRCA, PGCertMedEd
Consultant Anaesthetist 


Dr Barnes has been a Consultant Anaesthetist in Reading since 2007. He graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1998 and has since worked in Manchester, the Oxford region and Australia. His major clinical interests include regional anaesthesia for trauma and orthopaedics, and anaesthesia for colorectal surgery. Other interests include quality evaluation and improvement, and medical education.



Dr Clare Skinner, FRCA

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Skinner has been a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital
since 2007. She graduated from St Bartholomew's Medical School London before undertaking anaesthetic training in Oxford, Southampton and Brisbane Australia. Her major clinical interest is regional anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery and she has worked closely with Mr Giuseppe Sforza since 2012. Other interests include
obstetric anaesthesia, preoperative assessment and medical education.


Dr Carl Waldmann, MA, MB BChir, FRCA, FFICM, EDIC

Consultant Anaesthetist

Medical School – Cambridge University, RAF and The London Hospital.
Year Qualified – 1975
Sub-speciality Interest – Intensive Care Medicine
Anaesthetic Training – London Hospital, RAF, Whipps-X, Great Ormond Street and Papworth.
Consultant in Reading since February 1986
Outside interests – Fencing, Football
GMC number – 2239273


Prof. Rachel Hall, FRCA

Consultant Anaesthetist - Emeritus


Dr Hall graduated from the London Hospital (now the Royal London)in 1970, she trained at the London Hospital, the Middlesex Hospital and its' associated hospitals. In 1974 she obtained a fellowship and fellowship prize in anaesthesia.
She has worked alongside Stephen Copeland since 1979, developing anaesthesia and pain management techniques which complement The Reading Shoulder Unit research and development into Shoulder Surgery. New techniques have included plexus block, plexus infusion and the use of wound infusions in major surgery.
Her other interests include anaesthesia for day surgery (using total intravenous techniques), regional anaesthesia and pain management in short stay surgery. She has been Executive Medical Director at the Royal Berkshire Hospital between 2001- 2008. In 2012 Rachel retired from clinical practice.