Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
4 weeks 2 weeks
*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.

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.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, known as carpal tunnel decompression or carpal tunnel release surgery, involves cutting the carpal ligament to reduce pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. It can be performed as keyhole surgery and usually doesn’t require an overnight stay.

Dupuytren’s contracture surgery

Surgery for the treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture, sometimes known as a fasciectomy is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. It involves cutting the thickened connective tissue in the hand to allow the finger or fingers to straighten again. A skin graft is sometimes required if a lot of tissue and this is usually taken from the arm.

Removal of minor lumps, bumps and ganglions

Ganglions and minor lumps and bumps such as cysts, moles or lipomas can be removed via minor surgery under local anaesthetic.

Ulnar nerve release

The ulnar nerve goes around the back of the inner side of the 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. Ulnar nerve release surgery involves cutting ligaments to reduce pressure on the nerve. It can be performed as keyhole surgery and usually doesn’t require an overnight stay.

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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.