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Mako robot-assisted total hip replacement

Modern hip replacement surgery was pioneered by Sir John Charnley in the UK in the early 1960s. The procedure and implant used were developed and refined over the next 30…

Sarah reaches Everest Base Camp after hip surgery

Total hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful, cost-effective and safest operations in the world today. However, despite its overall success rate, hip replacement surgery is a major…

One of the most successful operations of the 20th century

With around 80,000 carried out each year, hip replacements are one of the most common elective surgical procedures in Britain. We speak to 41-year-old Rhys Gwilliam who managed 16 years…

Specialist Hip Unit

Matthew Burwell, the surgeon in charge of Circle Bath’s Hip Unit, has just finished his fifth hip replacement of the week. He explains that he and his fellow hip surgeons…

A patient’s perspective

Hip problems can arise at any time in life. Choosing to have surgery can be a life changing experience, however understanding the procedure and rehabilitation helps for a speedier recovery.

Team of Experts

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Diagnosis for hip problems can be complex.  Correct diagnosis requires experts from different disciplines to work together to diagnose and treat a problem.

Matthew’s multi-disciplinary team approach gives the best possible outcome.

Dave Hepburn

Specialist Senior Physiotherapist

Dave Graduated from the Bath School of Physiotherapy in 1993. After working for 3 years in the NHS he fulfilled his ambition of joining the Army and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a physiotherapist; specialising in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and helping to deliver the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Plan. His time in the Army saw him provide first line physiotherapy services in Aldershot, Hereford, Germany and at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.

His experiences serving as a physiotherapist in a variety of operational settings such Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan have further developed his hands-on and rehabilitation skills. His last 4 years in the Army were spent serving as a Medical Support Officer in a healthcare management role. Dave’s special interests lie in spinal and lower limb rehabilitation and his time dealing with injured service personnel who, at times, present with multiple complex injuries have helped to hone his clinical abilities.

After 18 years of service he joined the in-patient and out-patient teams at Circle Bath in March 2015, and is now assisting Mr Burwell in his post-op hip arthroplasty clinics.

Hannah Nestor

Specialist Theatre Nurse

Hannah Nestor graduated from the University of Southampton in 2011 in Adult Nursing. After qualifying she worked at Southampton General Hospital as a Cardiac Scrub Nurse and then at the Spire Southampton as a Cardiac Scrub Nurse and a nurse in the Recovery Unit. She moved to Bath in 2014 and joined Circle Bath Hospital as a Theatre Practitioner.

Hannah became a specialist in orthopaedics supporting the Orthopaedic Consultants in theatre and becoming a key part of Circle Bath’s specialist Hip Unit. She is an important member of the team liaising with other medical professionals to ensure the best possible experience for patients.

Hannah ensures the smooth running of the Hip Unit within the theatre department. She trains other members of the nursing team to guarantee they have the level of knowledge required to support the orthopaedic surgeons performing hip replacements and the other specialist hip procedures.

Dr Graham Robinson


Graham is a Consultant Radiologist, whose particular area of interest includes musculoskeletal and chest imaging. He qualified from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1996. Graham undertook his Radiology training on the St. George’s Hospital Program in London, which included attachments to the Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospitals.

In 2004 Dr Robinson spent a year at McMaster University in Canada on a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship, after which he returned to the UK and started his Consultant post in Bath.

He is a member of the British Society of Skeletal Radiologists and the British Society of Thoracic Imaging. Current NHS or research position Consultant Radiologist at the Royal United Hospital, Bath Year of first medical qualification 1996 Special clinical interests Musculoskeletal Radiology Chest imaging with specific interests in pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease Current memberships of professional, national and regional bodies General Medical Council Royal College of Radiologists British Society of Skeletal Radiologists British Society of Thoracic Imaging

Laura Davies

Medical Secretary

Laura is Mr Burwell’s Medical Secretary. Laura is proud to work for such a respected hip specialist. Laura ensures Mr Burwell’s schedule is well organised for both him and patients. Laura shows great dedication to her role and ensures all patients’ needs are met; this is reflected in the positive feedback she receives from the patients.