Testimonials

Your team and all the members of the Circle Hospital Staff could not have been more helpful and attentive.
Following my three month review with Pieta Blake I am writing to let you know how delighted I am with the result of my total left shoulder replacement. Your team and all the members of the Circle Hospital Staff could not have been more helpful and attentive. As a result of the operation and with the help of my physiotherapist, Linda Green I am well on the way to a full pain free recovery and am now able to sleep in bed at night instead of sitting up in an armchair. What a relief! As you know I was most reluctant to undertake surgery but in no way regret my decision to have the operation.

– Mr WH

Shoulder Replacement

"Would I ever go back to see Mr Brownlow and the Circle hospital? 100%, what a great experience"
I wanted to share my experience with Mr Brownlow and the Circle hospital in Reading. I had a problem with my shoulder and I went to see Me Brownlow. We met at Henley rugby club where Mr Brownlow has a clinic. I went there as I was in so much pain I needed someone to give me advice. We had never met before and Mr Brownlow was just about to go on holiday. There was no rushing through the consultation Mr Brownlow took the time to listen and assess me even though he was going on holiday that day. A cortisone was administered and wow did that help. Mr Brownlow advised me this may help but he felt it would not cure the issue. On further examination after the cortisone had lapsed Mr Brownlow confirmed an issue in my shoulder and that would require surgery to really solve the problem. The hospital admitted me and the process was very swift to have the operation. Once again Mr Brownlow and the hospital staff was excellent. What a difference bedside manner makes for a patient. From Mr Brownlow to the hospital staff excellent work. Would I ever go back to see Mr Brownlow and the Circle hospital? 100%, what a great experience. Keep up the great work your doing Mr Brownlow. For the Circle hospital staff all I can say is wow your a credit to the hospital and your profession.

– Mr JH

Rotator Cuff Repair

Could you please pass on a big thank you to everyone for today. I couldn't have been in better hands. Everyone was so friendly and so awesomely efficient! Looking forward to taking the strapping off tomorrow and seeing how much movement I've got. Thanks again.

– Mr JH

Arthroscopic Capsular Release

From start to finish the whole process was incredibly efficient from first appointment to having my frozen shoulder surgery the following week (quick even with private cover), follow up physio was great and sign off from surgeon was a great relief after suffering for eight months. Great relief to be pain free.

– Mr GR

Frozen Shoulder

Thank you once again for your work in getting me back to full fitness. As a professional pilot and someone who enjoys all manner of sport my health and fitness are vital.  Therefore, a shoulder dislocation and fracture incurred whilst biking was a major concern to me.  I was, however, very fortunate to have been treated by Mr Brownlow who provided outstanding care throughout my treatment and recovery.  I firmly believe that his surgical skill and post operative advice allowed me to make a speedy return to work and resume all the activities I enjoy. Many thanks again!

– Mr RE

Shoulder Dislocation

I am just reading through my very comprehensive and helpful notes relating to my operation yesterday and realise how fortunate I am to be on the Circle's list of NHS patients.   My experience yesterday couldn't have been any better with everything thought of and all the staff so kind and informative and particularly Mr. Brownlow and all his team.  It's up to me now to carry out all their follow up instructions to make sure I achieve the best outcome I can from all their efforts!

– Ms RM

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Debridement

bell ringing

"If you are reading this and considering or had surgery for your shoulder the journey is worth it."
It has been a year since I had my right shoulder replaced .  I am now 63 years old and have had an active life in my career as a hands on Mechanical Engineer and have always been involved in sport being a keen Squash league player, playing football, fishing and I am also a keen Bell ringer where I constantly challenged and tested myself.  I developed a painful shoulder around 15 years ago and the usual painkillers and physio with rest never helped. I went to see my GP and I was delighted to choose the Circle Hospital from its fast growing reputation of excellent patient care. I met Mr Harry Brownlow and was put at ease from his determination to have me back fit and out of pain. I had another cortisone injection guided from a scanner to pinpoint the spot. This gave relief for a few months but the pain returned. Mr Brownlow performed keyhole surgery. The follow up appointment revealed I had significant wear  and I was offered a shoulder replacement with a view to be pain free which was performed in September 2016. I was told recovery would be slow but sure. It has taken a year of intense physiotherapy. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome, that gave me my life back. I have returned to Bell ringing and have rung a Quarter peak ringing a church bell fully stretching and holding the rope for an hour without rest. I am able to cast my fly line without pain and able to do all the jobs car washing, cleaning and now working on my house extension and yes feeling a bit stiff and sore after working hard but it doesn't last and I am confident for the future. If you are reading this and considering or had surgery for your shoulder the journey is worth it. I cannot thank everyone involved in my recovery enough but it goes to say you guys do a fantastic job and which I will always be grateful. Thank you

– Mr KB

Shoulder Replacement

"I have nothing but positives to say about Harry and his team"
After suffering on-going shoulder pain and discomfort for quite some time I was referred to Harry Brownlow,  he recommended we try a Cortisone injection making it clear that it might or might not work.  Having tried this and it working only temporarily he suggested that in my particular circumstances (going travelling for two years) we should progress to a sub-acromial decompression.  He warned me that this is not a quick fix and that it could result in significant discomfort for the first few weeks. Having expected the worst having had the operation I actually had a very good recovery taking painkillers only for the first few days and now three weeks in I am having a good recovery with only minor pain with certain movements. Harry has re-assured me that I should get full recovery in the coming weeks. I have to say the whole experience through consultation, the operation itself and since has been very positive with a great deal of care and attention being given. I have nothing but positives to say about Harry and his team and the service from the team at Circle. I am very happy to recommend their services

– Mr TH

Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression