Professor Peter Kay   F.R.C.S.

Wrightington Hospital UK

Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Knee Arthroscopy

Revision Hip Surgery and Revision Knee Surgery,


Infection and Joint Replacement, Bone Grafting.

Orthopaedic Research.


Medico-legal (Personal Injury and medical negligence)

Orthopaedic Modernisation, Specialist Orthopaedic Hospitals.


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Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialist Hip and Knee Surgeon


Honorary Clincal Professor Orthopaedic Surgery Manchester University

Clinical Professor University of Central Lancashire

National Clinical Director Musculoskeletal Services NHS England

President British Orthopaedic Association 2010/11

President British Hip Society 2008/9



Wrightington Hospital (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust)                

Hospital For Joint Diseases                

Appley Bridge,                


Lancashire WN6 9EP                




Honorary Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery                     

The University of Manchester                                 

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Purpose of this Web Site


These web pages are for the purpose of providing information to enable collaboration for furthering research and the development of effective treatments in orthopaedics. Unfortunately I am unable to answer e-mail concerning specific clinical questions or direct patients to individual surgeons or information sources. If you are a patient or relative of a patient you should direct any questions you have to your family doctor in the first instance or to your own specialist.

If you wish to be referred to me as a patient you will need a letter from your GP or specialist. Please e-mail mail, telephone, fax or write to the relevant secretary below to arrange appointments or Click on the type of appointment required. If you want to instruct me in a medico-legal case click on Medico-legal appointments below.


Important information Metal on Metal Hip Replacements


If you are a patient of Mr Peter Kay and have been operated on by him or any member of his team I can assure you that you have not been given (implanted with) a metal on metal hip replacement. Mr Kay has however revised many metal on metal hip replacements but has never implanted a metal on metal hip replacement into his patients at either primary or revision hip replacement. This is because he has always believed that conventional hip replacement with either metal on plastic or ceramic on plastic joint surfaces has, and continues to, deliver the best long term results even in young patients and this is supported not only by his personal experience but also by data from International Joint Replacement Registries world wide.


Contact Information


NHS appointments     Sue Smith / Emma Hooley       email:
Tel: 01257256457    Fax: 01257256291    Wrightington Hospital, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9NP

Private Patient appointments Belinda      email:
Tel: 01257256286    Fax: 01257256291    Wrightington Hospital, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9NP

Medico-legal appointments         Anita Johnstone                   email:
Tel: 01618347373    Fax: 01618349294    15  St. John Street, Manchester, M3 4DG

Research contact                                                                email:

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WARNING - Medical Information on the Internet


Whilst the internet is a valuable resource for information I would warn anybody seeking medical advice to discuss any potential treatment with their family doctor and other specialist in the field before embarking on treatment. Information on the internet is not subject to editorial control and may represent views that are not generally accepted or offer opinions that are overstated and go unchallenged. It is also important to ensure that those offering treatment are qualified to do so. I do not necessarily endorse any of the information obtained through the links on this web site.





·  Who am I ?

·  Purpose of Web Site

·  Hip Problems I Treat

·  Knee Problems I Treat

·  Wrightington Hospital

·  Media Contributions National Television, BBC Radio Newspapers and Magazines

·  Publications & Presentations

·   Current Research Projects

·  Research/Teaching/Training/Student Opportunities

·  Bone Infection Group, Manchester (BIG MAN)

·  North West Tissue Bank Research Group

·  National, Regional and Local Administrative Responsibilities

·  ABC Travelling Fellowship (American, British  & Canadian)

·  University of Manchester

·  British Hip Society

·  Specialist Orthopaedic Hospitals

·  British Orthopaedic Association

·  University of Central Lancashire

·  Medical Defence Union

·  Department of Health Contributions

·  Member of Societies

·  Orthopaedic Prizes, Awards and International Fellowships

·  Medico-legal and Medical/Management consultancy work

·  Courses: Organiser or Faculty Member

·  Orthopaedic Jokes

·  Personal Interests

·  Orthopaedic Links WWW

·  Contact Information and links to Maps

·  Site Usage Statistics

·  Re-launch Introductory Web Page

Who am I?

I am Peter Kay, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wrightington Hospital (WWL NHS Foundation Trust), Honorary Clinical Professor University of Central Lancashire and Reader in Orthopaedics, University of Manchester. I was Previously Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma at North Manchester General and Manchester Children's Hospitals (1992-1998).

I trained on the North West training programme with fellowships in joint reconstruction and trauma in Stuttgart and joint replacement at Wrightington Hospital. Degrees in Medicine from Manchester University and Mathematics and Computing from the Open University.  I am Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

I am President of the British Orthopaedic Association and Past President of the British Hip Society. I have been a Consultant for a total of 19 years the last 12 years at Wrightington specialising in Hip and Knee surgery.

My clinical interests are in hip and knee replacement surgery. Revision joint replacement surgery for loosening and infection and knee arthroscopy. Multidisciplinary approach to arthroplasty services, autologous blood transfusion and bone banking.

Research interests in revision arthroplasty surgery for infection. Founder member of the Bone Infection Group Manchester. Multidisciplinary research into bacterial contamination, host immunology and genetic susceptibility to infection. Bacteriology, histology, molecular biology and genetics of deep infection. Research into surface phenomena in infection. One and Two stage techniques for revision surgery in infection. Influence of tissue stability on musculoskeletal infection.

Clinical and research Interests in the use of bone graft to reconstruct failed joint replacement, research worker with the National Tissue Bank on the the use of bone from bone banks to reconstruct the skeleton around hip and knee replacements. Development of longer lasting joint replacements using new materials combining the excellent long term results of successful joint over the years with enhanced materials to reduce wear of the joints to give even better long term results particularly in the young patient.

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My area of Clinical Expertise/area of specialisation


Hip problems I treat:

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Knee problems I treat:


·  Arthritis of the Knee in young patients

·  Arthritis of the Knee in adults and the elderly

·  Complex knee Problems following

·  Problems following bone and joint  infection around the knee

·  Deformity due to growth defects or fracture around the knee

·  Congenital abnormalities around the knee


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Current Research Projects




Research into developing better surgical techniques in hip surgery click here for video


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Bone Infection Group, Manchester (BIG MAN)


The Bone Infection Group was formed in 1995. It is a multidisciplinary group based in Manchester consisting of the University of Manchester Department of Orthopaedics, University of Manchester Department of Infectious Disease, Departments of Microbiology, Histopathology and Infection Control North Manchester, Public Health Laboratory South Manchester, University of Manchester Department of Microbiology, Regional Blood Transfusion Service and the University of Manchester Department of Immunology.


The areas of study are as follows:

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The North West Bone Bank Research Group is a group of scientists and clinicians with the aim of understand the science behind bone banking. The areas of interest are:-

We work very closely with the NHS National Tissue bank in Speke, Liverpool




Click here for details of NHSBT 


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ABC Travelling Fellowship


I visited Orthopaedic Centres in America and Canada in the summer of 1998 on the American British and Canadian Travelling Fellowship representing the Britsih Orthopaedic Association. The fellowship is an exchange between Britain, America, Canada, Austrailia, New Zealand and South Africa. The various national orthopaedic associations selecting orthopaedic surgeons to visit the major orthopaedic centres arround the world over a six week period and exchange views, research and experience to promote the development of orthopaedics internationally. A description of the trip is held on the internet at:-




The 1998 ABC Travelling Fellowship (Click Here)














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University of Manchester



Click the banner to visit the University of Manchester Home  Page



Injury Repair and Rehabilitation Research Group at Manchester University 

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Publications and Presentations


I have made over 800 publications and presentation as part of my interest in research into joint replacement general orthopaedics and trauma. I have also published and made presentations concerning health service management, modernisation and the medico-legal aspects of the practice of trauma and orthopaedics. For a detailed list of publications and presentation click the link below.




Publications & Presentations Click Here





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Wrightington Hospital


(Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust)


Click here for map of how to get to Wrightington Orthopaedic Hospital


Wrightington Hospital as viewed from space (interactive satellite image)


Wrightington Hospital is a Specialist Orthopaedic Hospital. We are the largest Orthopaedic Hospital in the North of England we
specialise in problems with Bones and Joints. We have 8 ultra clean air operating theatres and zero rate of infection with MRSA
on our Hospital site. We have a post operative high dependency area and the back up of all the necessary medical and surgical
specialities on our acute site in the Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
We provide excellence in both NHS and Private Patient care.

NHS Facilities at Wrightington click here

Private patient facilities at Wrightington click here

Wrightington Hospital Web Site (Click Here)


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Specialist Orthopaedic Hospitals Alliance


Wrightington Hospital is one of five specialist orthopaedic hospitals that makes up the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance.The alliance acts as the key advocate for specialist NHS orthopaedic services, working to ensure the viability of specialist NHS orthopaedic services and the exceptional contribution to patient care that they make. It  supports the wider role of the specialist orthopaedic hospitals in providing these services, and in supporting associated teaching and research work.



Specialist orthopaedic Alliance (Click Here)

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British Orthopaedic Association


I am Vice President and Secretary of the British Orthopaedic Association.

The Objects of the BOA  are the advancement for the public benefit of the Science, Art and Practice of Orthopaedic Surgery

with the aim of bringing relief to patients of all ages suffering from the effects of injury or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.


The British Orthopaedic Association (Click Here)

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University of Central Lancashire


I am Honorary Clinical Professor University of Central Lancashire. Department of Health and Social Care.

niversity of Central Lancashire logo


University of Central Lancashire (Click Here)


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British Hip Society


I am past President of the British Hip Society and was editorial secretary of the British Hip Society for 5 years from 1998 - 2004 please visit the British

 Hip Society Web Pages for details about the society, its activities and information concerning the hip joint:-


The British Hip Society (Click Here)



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Department of Health Orthopaedic Modernisation  ent of Health


I have been involved in a number of Department of Health initiatives to develop orthopaedics and trauma services

on a national level as representative of the British Orthopaedic Association.





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Medical Defence Union 

he Medical Defence Union

I am a member of the Council of the Medical Defence Union

and member of the cases committee.

One of the main objects of the MDU is to  To promote high standards of professional practice.



The medical defence union (Click Here)


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Member of National Societies:


British Medical Association                                      European Hip Society                                                Low Friction Society

British Trauma Society                                              British Orthopaedic Association                              The British Hip Society

Manchester Medical Society                                    British Orthopaedic Research Society                   International Hip Society

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National Administrative Responsibilities:


President British Orthopaedic Association Vice President, President Elect                                  2008 - 2011
Secretary British Orthopaedic Association                                                                                       2006 - 2009
President British Hip Society, Vice President, President Elect,                                                        2006 - 2009
National Chairman 18 week project Orthopaedics, Department of Health                                       2006 - to date
Member of Council and Cases Committee Medical Defence Union                                                 2006 - to date
Member of Council, British Orthopaedic Association                                                                          2004 - 2009
Orthopaedic Devices Evaluation Panel, NICE sub committee DOH                                                 2006 - to date
Nominations Committee, British Orthopaedic Association                                                                2003 - to date
Professional Practice Committee, British Orthopaedic Association                                                2003 - to date
National Blood Transfusion Tissue Bank, National Users Group                                                      2003 - to date
Infection Advisory Group, British Orthopaedic Association                                                               2001 - to date
Rapid Response Team British Orthopaedic Association / British Hip Society                               2001 - to date
Advisor to Medical Devices Agency on Hip and Knee Prostheses                                                  2001 - to date
Orthopaedic Coordinating Group, NHS Executive, Department of Health                                       2003 - 2006
Musculoskeletal Stratergy Group, NHS Executive, Department of Health                                        2004 - 2006
Orthopaedic Standards Group, NHS Executive, Department of Health                                           2004 - 2006
Manpower Planning Committee Orthopaedics, NHS Executive Department of Health                  2003 - 2005
Editorial Secretary of The British Hip Society                                                                                     1998 - 2004
Action on Orthopaedics NHS Executive Department of Health, Steering Committee                    2000 - 2003
NHS Orthopaedic Collaborative Joint Replacement - National Chair 3rd. Wave                            2000 - 2002
Hip Steering Group - British Orthopaedic Association                                                                       1998 - 2002
Policy steering Group - British Orthopaedic Association                                                                   1999
Hip Minimal Dataset Group - British Orthopaedic Association                                                         1999
Joint Committee for Higher Surgical Training                                                                                      1993-94
President British Orthopaedic Trainees' Association:                                                               1992-93
                                                                Education Officer                                                                     1991-92
British Orthopaedic Association - Council                                                                                            1992-93
British Orthopaedic Association - Education Committee                                                                   1991-92
B.O.A. - Curriculum for Training Sub-Committee                                                                                 1991-92

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Local / Regional Administrative Responsibilities:

NHS R&D lead North Manchester General Hospital                                                                           1995-1999
NHS R&D lead Wrightington Hospital                                                                                                   1999 - 2001
Chairman Infection Control Committee Wrightington Hospital                                                            2000 - 01
Deputy Chairman Ethics Committee Wrightington/Wigan Hospitals                                                 1999 - 01
Co-chair revue of Musculoskeletal Services Wigan & Bolton Health Authority                                 2001
Wrightington/Wigan merger Project Board & Service Strategy  Wrightington/Wigan Hospitals     2000 - 2001
Clinical Director Orthopaedics  Wrightington Hospital                                                                         2000 - 2002
Clinical Managed Networks Regional Committee  NW Regional health Authority                           2000 - to date
Chairman Musculoskeletal Division Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust                              2002 - 2005
Associate Medical Director, Trust Board member  Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust     2005 – 2008

Specialist Training Representative NW Region Specialist Training Committee                              2000 - 2005
Lead Musculoskeletal Research Wrightington NHS R&D Nationally Recognised Group DOH      2002 - 2009

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Charnley Prize 1988 - North West Orthopaedic Club. For presentation of research work "The Dynamic Hip Screw - Where to Put It!". November 5th. 1988.

Charnley Prize 1989 - North West Orthopaedic Club. For presentation of research work "Dynamic External Fixation - a moving experience". November 11th. 1989.

The Peter Malimson Research Bursary 1989. Presented by the North West Orthopaedic Club to support research into the biomechanical basis of closed fracture reduction.

British Orthopaedic Association 1991. COCOMAC Postgraduate Instructional Course. Awarded by the British Orthopaedic Association to attend The Coordinating Committee of Societies of Orthopaedic and Traumatic Surgery of the European Common Market - 13th. Post graduate Course for Trainees in Orthopaedic Surgery. Attended as representative of the British Orthopaedic Association and guest of the Austrian Orthopaedic Association. June 2nd - 8th. 1991. Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria.

British Orthopaedic Association 1998 ABC Travelling Fellowship. Awarded by the British Orthopaedic Association. Travelling fellowship to visit the major orthopaedic centres of North America (US & Canada) over a period of 6 weeks. Award on the basis of peer competition and competitive interview. Object to represent British Orthopaedics in North America presenting own research portfolio and receiving presentations from all major North American centres.

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Publications & Services


Orthopaedic Trainees, Education and Students

Links about Wrightington


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Personal Interests

Wind Surfing and surfing

I like to surf the sea

...................................ok - it's not me, but we can dream


I play badly




Worse than playing the saxophone


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Contact Information including links to Maps

NHS appointments          Susan Smith/Emma  Hooley      email:
    Tel: 01257256457    Fax: 01257256291    Wrightington Hospital, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9NP
     Click here for map of how to get to Wrightington Orthopaedic Hospital

Private Patient appointments     Belinda          email:
    Tel: 01257256286    Fax: 01257256291    Wrightington Hospital, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9NP
     Click here for map of how to get to Wrightington Orthopaedic Hospital

Medico-legal appointments         Anita Johnstone             email:
    Tel: 01618347373    Fax: 01618349294    15  St. John Street, Manchester, M3 4DG
     Click here for map on how to get to 15 St John Street, Manchester

Research contact                                                                email:

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