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Mr Patrick Gillespie - Plastic Surgery

Mr Patrick Gillespie is a Consultant Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Exeter and Devon

Based at: Exeter Medical | Get directions | Go to hospital website

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Clinical interests

Full-time, consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon since 2008, with specialist interests in Hand + Wrist surgery, skin cancer and benign skin conditions. I also have a cosmetic private practice.

Mr Gillespie has had the privilege of being trained by recognised experts in hand surgery from UK, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and the USA and I continue to attend national and international meetings to continue learning the most up-to-date advances and techniques.

He will always listen to your clinical needs and give you a full and honest assessment of possible treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, including the potential benefits as well as the risks. 

Procedures performed:

Nerve surgery, including carpal tunnel release and other nerve compressions, denervation for joint pain and nerve transfer surgery after trauma. 

Dupuytrens disease, including open surgery (fasciectomy), needle treatments and enzyme treatment.

Arthritis treatments for fingers, thumb and wrist, including steroid injections, trapezectomy, joint replacements, joint rebalancing and joint fusions (including minimal access and arthroscopic surgery). Denervation treatments maintain movement whilst reducing pain and usually have quicker recoveries than larger bony procedures. 

Hand, wrist or finger pain and stiffness, including surgical and non-surgical treatments 

Trigger finger and thumb

Ganglion treatments for fingers, palm and wrists, including surgical excision and needle treatments

Tendon surgery after trauma or rupture caused by arthritis, tendon reconstruction and tendon transfers. 

Fingertip and nail surgery

Skin lesions, benign and skin cancer including melanoma, SCC and BCCs, mole removal, cysts, fatty lumps and lipomas, keloid scar treatment

Skin reconstruction including skin grafts and local flaps

Cosmetic surgery, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), gynaecomastia (correcting male breast enlargement), arm reduction, prominent ear correction and ear lobe repair.

Academic background

Trained in Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery in Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and London and undertook fellowships in the UK and overseas including two BSSH (British Society of Surgery of the Hand) awarded Fellowships to world centres of excellence. 

 Hand surgery research in collaboration with Cambridge University, including an international multicentre study on tendon healing. Interest in wound and scar healing and his research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals including the British/European Journals of Plastic Surgery and the American and European Journals of Hand Surgery.

Published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed clinical and scientific journals, book chapter and over 40 presentations at national and international surgical meetings.

Chairman for sessions at national Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery meetings and will be chairing a session at the World Hand Surgery conference (IFSSH) in London in 2022. 

Active in hand surgery training, including teaching on hand surgery courses in the Royal College of Surgeons in London, Cambridge and Bristol. 

Passed the European Diploma in Hand Surgery in 2007, winning the overall prize. 

First class honours from Cambridge University, 1990 and medical degree from Oxford University, 1993.

Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital from 2020. I have enjoyed joining a new unit with fantastic colleagues and am heavily involved in a very exciting development of the hand surgery and trauma service, despite the ongoing impact from Covid. 

Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrookes) from 2008 to 2020 before moving to the South West for family reasons. I was the Plastic Surgery Lead for 4 years and then the Clinical Director for five specialist services, including the responses to Covid-19 in 2020. 

Have held positions responsible for clinical service assessment and safety, governance, quality and surgical service development.

Professional Memberships

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon

MA (Cantab) BM BCh (Oxon)

FRCS (Eng)

FRCS (Plast)

EBHT (European Diploma in Hand Surgery)

CCST - Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training

GMC - General Medical Council's Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery, from 2007

British Medical Association (BMA)

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

European Wrist Arthroscopy Society

NHS base

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

01392 363 534