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Gavin Bowyer: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Private Foot and Ankle Specialist, Southampton

Gavin Bowyer
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Private Foot and Ankle Specialist, Southampton: Gavin Bowyer

Mr Bowyer FRCS (Orth) is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon working at Southampton University Hospitals, and providing private orthopaedic surgery in Southampton at the Spire Southampton Hospital. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the University of Southampton.  He has a specialist interest in foot and ankle surgery, which makes up a major part of his NHS practice. His private practice is exclusively concerned with specialist foot and ankle conditions, and he provides a service based at the Spire Southampton Hospital.



Throughout his career as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, from 1997 onwards, Mr Bowyer has run a foot and ankle practice that closely involves colleagues in physiotherapy and podiatry. He provides a service for patients with foot and ankle problems related to sports and training, arthritis or conditions such as foot and toe deformities. His aim is to provide a complete service, optimising the outcome for patients, aiming to return them to the activities they wish to pursue, in comfort.


Mr Bowyer has presented his work on foot and ankle surgery in UK, as well as at the European Foot and Ankle Society and many other European meetings, and as an invited speaker in Australia, China, Russia and the United States. He teaches regularly on foot and ankle courses, in the UK and internationally.


Mr Bowyer's orthopaedic training and medical background

Gavin Bowyer went to Cambridge University in 1979, to read Medical Sciences. He went on to Oxford University in 1982, to complete his clinical training. He joined the Army and underwent further surgical training in London and Southampton, and spent a busy year in the USA as a Fellow in the Shock Trauma Centre in Baltimore. He enjoyed a number of exciting postings on military tours of duty. He developed a major interest in the management of foot and ankle problems, especially after injury and in the active sports-person. Later NHS experience and training developed this further, with care of the whole range of foot and ankle conditions. Mr Bowyer has had a long association with Southampton University Hospitals, and after leaving the Armed Forces he took up a consultant post there in 1999.


Orthopaedic publications and research

Mr Bowyer has written more than 40 papers on a variety of orthopaedic and trauma subjects, including the Instructional Course Lecture in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery on the management of gunshot wounds to the limbs.  In 2010 he wrote a major review article on Adult Foot and Ankle Problems for GPs in training, published in the InnovAIT journal.


Mr Bowyer has also written a number of books and book chapters dealing with trauma and orthopaedic surgery, including two chapters on the regional orthopaedics of the foot and ankle, and injuries of the foot and ankle, in the major orthopaedic textbook Apley’s System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (Hodder Arnold, 2009).


Appointments, consultation and private treatment in the Southampton area

Mr Bowyer consults and operates at the Spire Southampton HospitalOrthopaedic consultations can also be arranged at the Wessex Nuffield Hospital in Chandlers Ford and at Boyd Physiotherapy Associates in Lymington. In all instances, appointments should be made with Mr Bowyer's secretary at Spire Southampton Hospital using the contact details below.


A written referral from a general practitioner is normally required in order to make an appointment to see any consultant in either the NHS or in private practice. This will often be a requirement for your private medical insurers. In cases where you do not have a GP referral, perhaps if the referral or recommendation is made by a physiotherapist or podiatrist, then Mr Bowyer will seek your permission to keep your GP informed.


GMC Number


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Date of registration

 01 Aug 1986




Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr Bowyer is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health,Spire Healthcare

Nuffield admitting rights
Spire admitting rights


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Contact details

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Mrs Alison Burgess

Secretary to Mr Bowyer

Spire Southampton Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

Tel: 0845 094 3338

Email: info@foot-and-ankle.co.uk

Website: Mr Gavin Bowyer


Areas of expertise

Qualifications and memberships


  • BA (Camb) - 1982

  • BM BCh (Oxon) - 1985

  • FRCS (Eng) - 1989

  • FRCS(Orth) - 1995

  • Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes - 1994

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor - 1994

  • Master of Surgery, MChir (Camb) - 1998


Professional memberships


Places of work

Spire Southampton Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

Tel: 0845 094 3338

Email: info@foot-and-ankle.co.uk

Website: Mr Gavin Bowyer