Wide Awake Surgery with Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Chris James


Following the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our patients is becoming even more crucial than ever. Where previous operations were mostly performed asleep under general anaesthetic, medical advances have made it possible to now operate with patients awake during their procedure. This is carried out via injections at the top of the arm (regional block) or around the operation site (local infiltration). The direct benefit for patients is below:


  • Avoidance of complications from the general anaesthesia 
  • More rapid recovery from surgery
  • Longer duration of post-operative pain control
  • Some patients wish to watch parts of the surgery!


We are able to perform over 90% of the hand and wrist operations in this way at the One Ashford Hospital and this allows a safer pathway for patients, especially during these unprecedented times.


We have the use of a specific minor operating theatre designed for routine cases under local anaesthetic. Common procedures performed in this way are:



To learn more on all hand and wrist procedures carried out at One Ashford Hospital with a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, click here


Why Choose One Ashford Hospital

• Access to leading Consultants within 48 hours*
• 0% and low interest finance options**
• Competitive fixed-price packages
• Modern purpose-built hospital
• Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound
• Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
• Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
• Little waiting time for surgery
• Calm, dignified experience


*Dependent on Consultant availability
**Terms and conditions apply


Wide Awake Surgery at One Ashford Hospital in Kent
















Hand and wrist surgery is now available at One Ashford Hospital as an outpatient procedure, using only local anaesthetic.  If you wish to be referred for consideration of surgery please contact the hospital on 01233 423 303 or email us here


One Ashford Hospital is well placed to see patients from Ashford, Maidstone, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover and all surrounding villages.


Mr Christopher James



The safety of our patients is of the utmost important to us. To learn more on the safety guidelines One Ashford Hospital has implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here