Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
1-7 weeks 1 week
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.

If you are unable to receive the treatment you need on the NHS, but don’t have private health insurance, look for this Available for Self Pay icon to discover the option of paying for yourself.

Click here for more information about self pay


Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.

Available for Self Pay Carpal tunnel syndrome

CTS is caused by the compression of the median nerve at the wrist in the carpal tunnel, resulting in pain and numbness in the fingers. It can be treated with steroids, splinting and physiotherapy, and, in severe cases, surgery.

Available for Self Pay Dupuytren’s contracture release

Dupuytren’s contracture occurs in the hand where the fingers bend towards the palm and cannot be fully straightened. Treatment includes surgery (fasciectomy) to remove the tissue causing the fingers to bend, or an injection to break down this tissue.

Available for Self Pay Ganglion cyst removal

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that develops near a joint or tendon, usually on the wrist, hand or fingers. The fluid is either drained out of the cyst using a syringe, or the cyst is removed during surgery.

Minor lumps and bumps

Minor lumps and bumps on the hands and wrists, such as cysts, moles and lipomas (benign tumours) are easy to treat via minor surgery on a day patient basis.

Available for Self Pay Trigger finger release

Trigger finger is where the finger or thumb gets locked into place when bent towards the palm. Surgery, either keyhole or open surgery, involves dividing a ligament to release the tendon.

Ulnar nerve release

The ulnar nerve goes around the back of the inner side of your elbow and through a tight tunnel between the forearm muscles. Pressure or compression on the nerve can result in numbness in the ring and little fingers, which minor surgery can release.

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Please note: this form does not start the referral process – ask your GP to refer you to us if this is your choice. This form can be used to enquire about being referred to us or request further information about a treatment.