Consultant Surgeon joins specialist shoulder and elbow team at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

19 July 2016

A new Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon has joined the Elective Surgery team at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr David Copas BMed Sci, BMBS, FRCS (Tr & Orth) has a specialist interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. He qualified from The University of Nottingham Medical School before completing his Orthopaedic training in the East Midlands Deanery.

Following this, he undertook an internationally renowned Upper Limb Fellowship in Wrightington, and also a Trauma Fellowship at the busiest Major Trauma Unit in the UK. He had the opportunity to visit Seattle, Toronto and Boston as the British Elbow and Shoulder Society Travelling Fellow in 2015.

He joins colleagues Mr Charlie Talbot, also a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and Physiotherapist Joe Askew.


The team provides treatment in areas including shoulder impingement, shoulder instability, rotator cuff disorders, shoulder arthritis, shoulder ACJ pathology and upper limb sports injuries.

They also care for patients with shoulder fractures, elbow fractures, frozen shoulder, elbow arthritis, ulna nerve lesions and elbow instability.

Mr Copas said:

I am very pleased to have joined the team here. I am looking forward to continuing the development of the specialist shoulder and elbow service here at the Trust. Significant strides have been made with the service over the past few years and there is plenty of scope for this to continue further.

Patients give us very positive feedback about their care with us. This demonstrates what a quality service we provide and provides confidence to others that their experience with us will be a positive one.

People who would like to be seen by Mr Copas or Mr Talbot should make an appointment with their GP for a referral in the usual way.

As well as seeing patients at Harrogate District Hospital, the team also provides services in an outreach clinic at Alwoodley Medical Practice, Saxon Mount, Leeds, and at Yeadon Health Centre, 12 South View Road, Yeadon, Leeds.

Referrals from Leeds GPs are received following triage from the Leeds MSK service.

Other team members:

  • Charlie Talbot MBChB MSc (Eng) FRCS (Tr&Orth) is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Charlie was appointed in 2012 to develop the shoulder and elbow service, he introduced arthroscopic techniques to fit alongside open procedures such as joint replacement.
  • Joe Askew BSc (Hons) MSCP PGCert is the ESP Physiotherapist within the shoulder team. He qualified from UWE Bristol in 2002 and has had a long interest in the management of complex shoulder and elbow problems. For the past two years he has worked closely with Mr Talbot seeing both new patients and follow ups in their joint clinic.

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