About Us

Mr Heath P Taylor MBBS BSc  FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
(Specialist in Foot & Ankle Surgery)

Mr Taylor was appointed to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2004 as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in complex foot and ankle surgery. He qualified from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in 1994. His postgraduate surgical training was carried out in London on the North West Thames Specialist Registrar training programme, including working at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital & Charing Cross Hospital, both being internationally renowned Teaching Hospitals. At the end of his training, he carried out sub-speciality fellowship training in complex foot and ankle surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, a world renowned centre of excellence for complex orthopaedic surgery.

Mr Taylor’s current practice is almost exclusively related to conditions of the foot and ankle. This includes the management of complex forefoot & hindfoot deformity, as well as treating high level athletes and professional sportsmen and women. He treats the full range of trauma conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg as part of the trauma unit at Poole General Hospital.

Mr Taylor also takes an active role in training the next generation of Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He lectures on local, national & international instructional courses, as well as hosting visiting surgeons wishing to learn complex Foot and Ankle surgical procedures.


Mr Mark J Farrar MBBCH BAO FRCS (Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Mr Farrar was appointed to Poole Hospital and Bournemouth Hospital in 2000 as a General Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in lower limb, foot, ankle and trauma surgery.

Mr Farrar graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1986 and completed his basic surgical training through the Royal Army Medical Corps during a 5 year short service commission in the army. After leaving the army he completed his higher specialist training in orthopaedic surgery in the Yorkshire rotation.

During training he carried out his sub-speciality fellowship training in complex trauma and limb reconstruction surgery in the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield under the supervision of Professor Michael Saleh. The Northern General Hospital has an internationally recognised limb reconstruction department. Mr Farrar gained experience in correction of deformities of the lower limbs, lengthening of lower limbs and correction of complex foot and ankle deformities. He also trained with a number of specialist foot and ankle surgeons in the Yorkshire region.

Mr Farrar’s current practice, as well as foot and ankle surgery, includes hip and knee surgery including hip replacement, knee replacement, knee ligament reconstruction and arthroscopy as well as all complex trauma problems in both lower and upper limbs


Mr Richard R H Hartley MBBS FRCS FRCS (Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
(Specialist Interest in Upper Limb Surgery)

Mr Hartley graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Hospitals Medical School, London, in 1997. He undertook basic surgical training in the South West of England prior to higher surgical specialist training in orthopaedic surgery on the Mid Trent training programme based in Nottingham. Whilst in Nottingham he received training in the renowned Shoulder and Elbow unit at Nottingham City Hospital, with further upper limb training in Derby and Mansfield Hospitals.
On completion of specialist training Mr Hartley carried out further sub speciality training in Perth, Western Australia, under one of Australia’s foremost upper limb surgeons. He also worked as a locum consultant there.
In 2000 Mr Hartley was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where he has worked since, also caring for trauma patients at Poole General Hospital.
He has developed his interest in shoulder and elbow surgery, performing the full range of open and arthroscopic procedures. He treats patients with severe arthritic conditions with conventional anatomy & reverse geometry total shoulder replacement and younger patients with sports related injuries. He manages conditions of impingement and rotator cuff tears and treats shoulder instability and dislocations.
Mr Hartley is committed to training of trainee surgeons including shoulder fellows and continues to receive visiting surgeons as well as visit other centres of excellence.


Mr Simon W Richards  FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
(Specialist Interest in Upper Limb Surgery)

Mr Richards was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to The Royal Bournemouth and Poole Hospitals in September 2004. His area of specialist interest is upper limb surgery.

Mr Richards trained at The Royal London Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1992. His higher surgical training was on the London North West Thames training programme, based at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

He completed two Orthopaedic Fellowships. The first at The Mater Hospital, Sydney. Australia.  On returning to the U.K he completed a Fellowship in his area of specialist interest of upper limb surgery, at the internationally recognized Pulvertaft Hand unit at The Derby Royal Infirmary.

Mr Richards current practise is focused on his area of specialist interest. A large proportion of his work is sports related injuries of the upper limb as well as all other aspects of upper limb Orthopaedic conditions.


Mr Heath P Taylor














Mr Mark J Farrar














Mr Richard R H Hartley














Mr Simon W Richards