Designated Individual: Mr. Andrew Bing FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Manager & Person Designated: David Adams FIAS

The Anatomy Department was established in 1996 to enable surgical trainees studying for their FRCS (T &O) examinations to use cadaveric material to understand the anatomy of and surgical approaches to various parts of the body.

Since we are dealing with human material we are governed, licensed and regulated by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) under the auspices of the Human Tissue Act, 2004.

Apart from surgical trainees we now teach or provide facilities for a wide range of groups and individuals who wish to study the anatomy of the human body. In 2018/19 these included Post MRCS Core Trainees (T & O) on the Oswestry/Stoke and Birmingham rotations, nurses (undergraduate and postgraduate), physiotherapists (undergraduate and postgraduate), radiography students and science students from Chester University.

In the last few years we have started to use fresh, frozen cadaveric material for some of our specialist courses. Fresh, frozen material replicates extremely well the tissues as they are met in theatre. It is, therefore, becoming very popular but it does require certain specific procedures to handle it safely. We have used it so far for specific courses involving the arm, the hip, the foot and the knee. The use of fresh, frozen material will undoubtedly become used more frequently as the years go by but we are limited by our facilities.

As well as the cadaveric material that we use for our courses we also wanted to show what happens when things go wrong so we have built up a collection of musculo-skeletal specimens to use in our teaching. These specimens represent much pathology most of which are fairly common, some are rare and a few are unique. A few have been sourced from this hospital but the majority have been sourced from pathology museums around the country. We have several hundred specimens of which 231 are on permanent display.

If anyone wishes to use the department for their teaching contact should be made, in the first instance to:

David Adams

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01691 404157