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

I consider myself to be a 'seasoned operation goer' having had 21 ops, on various parts of my body, over the last 30 years - So as a British Sign Language Interpreter, specialising in Musical Theatre and therefore heavily reliant on having healthy shoulders, you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that my left shoulder needed surgery! In the past I have had various dodgy dealings with hospitals ranging from rogue physios who have given me the wrong information pre and post op, consultations with surgeons who I simply couldn't understand, to having procedures that I didn't ever actually need! These things not only made me dubious of surgical intervention, they made me terrified - that is until I met Mr Brownlow. There really are not enough words of praise to write here, but suffice to say he is one of the most gentle men I have met to date in any capacity. From my first consultation with him I understood exactly what was wrong with me and why, I knew what was going to happen in theatre and exactly what to expect afterwards, how long my recovery time would be and the long term prognosis for my shoulder. I would say that being made to feel at ease and having a sense of trust are the most important elements of going in to hospital, whether that be for a consultation, a scan, an injection or an operation, and that is exactly how I have felt with Mr Brownlow. I am currently waiting for the same operation for my right shoulder (my middle name is "Lucky" by the way) but rather than the fear and trepidation I have had in the past, I am looking forward to another seamless procedure performed by Mr Brownlow followed by being pain free. As you may be able to tell, I cannot recommend him highly

– MS SS

Thought I would give you an update – I am very pleased with your attention to my shoulder which you said ‘was in a mess’.  At least you now know that I was not malingering. I'm carrying on with the physio’s exercises and feel that I’m well and truly on the mend. There is still some discomfort in the forearm which I am sure will improve as long as I don’t abuse it.  This update is just an excuse to say ‘Thank you so much to you and all your team’ On every front I have nothing but the highest praise’'.

– Mr JW

Shoulder Arthroscopy

"I could not be more pleased with the results of the surgery, how it was managed and the care from Mr Brownlow and his team of real experts."
Being an extremely active, slightly sports obsessed lady, the prospect of life with a fractured collarbone after a road bike accident filled me with dread.  In fact, as my collarbone was actually broken in 6 places, the future of sport appeared rather bleak - not to mention being a mum of 2 active boys ! However, I couldn't have been more wrong and Mr Brownlow certainly changed all that ! He met with me within 48 hours of the accident, had a clear strategy of how to manage the fracture and explained all elements in a straight forward, calm and approachable way. Within 72 hours of the accident, I had a new titanium plate, 10 screws inserted, minimal bruising and more movement than I hoped possible. The scar was even made vertically so it is completely discrete. Through Mr Brownlow and his expert team, I always felt comfortable that the correct actions were being taken for my wellbeing and future. Within 2-3 weeks, I was functioning brilliantly and back to driving and living life. A further week on and I was back to spinning on a static bike, running and training with limited weight. The Circle hospital is a fantastic facility making every step of the way easy and dare I say pleasureable ! I could not be more pleased with the results of the surgery, how it was managed and the care from Mr Brownlow and his team of real experts.

– Ms DH

Clavicle Fracture

"I would recommend him to anyone"
Having had occasion to benefit from being looked after and have my right shoulder treated by Harry Brownlow in 2010 I had no hesitation whatsoever in asking him to help me again when my other shoulder developed a problem in 2017. His expertise is well documented and well known, and both operations have been a complete success enabling me to return to a fully active life. Equally importantly, the interest in, consideration for and concern he shows his patients is second to none. He is simply a very nice person and I would recommend him to anyone.

– Mr AH

Rotator Cuff Repair

"From diagnosis to procedure the treatment from Mr Brownlow and Pieta Blake has been excellent"
As a 73 year old active man who has largely worn out his shoulders, I was pleased to have been referred to Mr Harry Brownlow. Following diagnosis by Mr Brownlow and his team I have over a period of 2 years had procedures on both shoulders, namely Subacromial  Decompression and bicep tenotomy. Both shoulders were giving much discomfort and some pain and were likely to get worse. From diagnosis to procedure the treatment from Mr Brownlow and Pieta Blake has been excellent.  I have always felt fully informed and that I had some input into the decision making process. It is one of the few times in my life when I have rather enjoyed the necessity of visiting a hospital for diagnosis and treatment. As a regular swimmer and a keen sailor it is important to me that I am able to continue both activities, despite quite possibly being the root cause of the discomfort in the first place. I was unaware that a specialist in upper limb treatment existed and can only say that I am delighted to have been referred to Mr Brownlow. Well done.

– Mr SJ

Arthroscopic Decompression

"My shoulder feels wonderfully fixed again, thanks to Mr. Brownlow’s amazing skill"
Mr. Brownlow is very caring and reassuring, easy to talk to and will answer any questions. He told me I needed an operation to fix a tear in my Supraspinatus. It meant 6 weeks in a sling and 3 months out of action as regards to work and sailing. Oh no! How am I going to cope? Now, at only 7 weeks after the operation I can raise my arm up above my shoulder again, almost to the top, and move my hand behind my back, with only some slight discomfort. My shoulder feels wonderfully fixed again, thanks to Mr. Brownlow’s amazing skill as a surgeon. I cannot praise him enough. His skill, care and commitment, involving me even more by sending me any copies of his letters to my GP, makes me want to work  harder just to make sure the whole process is a success. It is up to me now to get my strength back and the rest of my mobility. But I never thought that after such a short time I could be back to almost normality. I am very, very happy!!

– Ms HC

Rotator Cuff Repair

A note to say massive thank you to you and your team for 'giving me my  life back'! After almost 9 months of finding myself sleep deprived and exhausted, attributed the constant pain of a frozen shoulder, the visit to you and on your recommendation undergoing the manipulation under anaesthetic (MUA) has given me relief and restful nights back. Thank you

– Ms CH

Frozen Shoulder

Just a note to say thank you for "fixing" my shoulder. I am now back playing full time seniors tennis pain free for the first time in many years. The recovery from the procedure has been much quicker than I could have hoped for. Thank you so much. Please find attached a photo from a tournament I recently played in Greece. With best wishes and thanks.

– Mrs DB

Arthroscopic Decompression

"amazed as to how quickly I recovered"
As a keen amateur cyclist, I was taking part in a 3 day event over the May bank holiday. Towards the end of the second stage I came down in a crash and broke my left clavicle.  I booked a consultation with Harry the following week and took the option of having the break plated which meant I was back on the bike 7 days after the operation and soon after in full training again with only limited discomfort. I went on to complete the ride in the Alps getting a gold time which I was thrilled about and somewhat amazed as to how quickly I recovered from the break, Thanks Harry!

– Mr TM

Clavicle Fracture

"I found him to be cheerful, professional and understanding and would definitely recommend him."
Mr Brownlow treated me for calcification of the shoulders. He clearly explained my options and despite my intense fear of injections, I decided to go down this route. He really made me feel totally at ease throughout the procedure and to my surprise, it was virtually painless and a complete success. I am now pain free for the first time in many months! I found him to be cheerful, professional and understanding and would definitely recommend him.

– Ms AH

Calcific Tendonitis