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Mr Donald Sammut

Consultant Hand & Wrist Surgeon

Mr Sammut is a Consultant Hand Surgeon who works mainly at Sulis Hospital Bath with a smaller practice in London.

He qualified as a doctor from Charing Cross Hospital, University of London, and trained first as a General Surgeon in London and Bedford (FRCS Eng), before training in Plastic Surgery, in London, Liverpool, Salisbury, Billericay and Manchester (FRCS Plast). His higher training included Hand Fellowships with specialists in Strasbourg (Guy Foucher), London (David Evans), and Barcelona (Marc Garcia Elias), with an additional Fellowship in Craniofacial and Aesthetic Surgery in Paris (Daniel Marchac).

In 1993 he was appointed Consultant Hand Surgeon at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and he has, since then, specialised exclusively in Hand Surgery. He is particularly well known for reconstruction of the hand after trauma and paralysis as well as Anatomy and Biomechanics.

He established the Hand Unit at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and the Congenital Hand Unit at the Bristol Children's Hospital and ran these services between 1993 and 2003. He left the NHS in 2003 and has been in full-time private practice since.

Over the period 1999 -2009, he also held a simultaneous appointment as Congenital Hand Surgeon in the Humanitas Hospital in Milan, Italy.

Mr Sammut is extensively involved in the Organisation, Education and Training of Hand Surgery in Britain and the rest of Europe, and was until recently examiner and exam setter, for the final examinations in Hand Surgery for both the British and European Diploma (English, French, Italian). He continues as tutor to the British Diploma in Hand Surgery. He has served two periods on Council of the BSSH.

Since 1999 he has traveled annually to work and teach in Leprosy communities, initially in India and, since 2009 in Nepal. He founded the charity Working Hands. and leads a team of 8 to three hospitals in Nepal each year, operating, and teaching local surgeons and UK surgeons who travel with him. He holds the post of Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Additional information about Mr Donald Sammut

Nerve microsurgery (and the reconstruction for hand paralyses), Dupuytren’s contracture, Arthritis in the hand/joint replacement, Ganglia and trigger fingers, Nerve compressions: Carpal tunnel/cubital tunnel decompressions, Paralyses and tendon transfers, Reconstruction after trauma, Skin cover of the hand, (not wrsists)
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Mr Sammut is a dedicated teacher of Anatomy and Hand Surgery and mentor to junior surgeons and other consultants. He regularly hosts Fellows in Hand Surgery in his practice. He runs cadaver dissection courses in Anatomy and the longest running of these courses (annually since 1996) is established as part of the curriculum of Hand training in the UK. He is particularly active as a teacher of British and Italian Trainees. He holds a visiting Hand Surgery Consultant post in Bergamo University, Italy. He is a sought-after lecturer in Hand Surgery in National and International meetings where he is frequently invited as speaker. See here for teaching calendar.

To find out more about the clinical conditions Donald Sammut treats and the options available to you click on the video on this page.

He is an artist, a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, and his work has been exhibited in London. He illustrates Medical and Nonmedical works. You can see some of the art portfolio here.

He has also been involved in media work, including a BBC production: Dissected: ‘The Incredible Human Hand’ which is regularly re-transmitted and available on BBC iPlayer.

Mr Sammut is married to Shirley Anne Bell, restaurateur and cook. They live in Bristol. He has two daughters, one stepson and four grandchildren. Eva is a Consultant Cardiologist in Bristol, Rebecca is a full-time mother of three and Henry is a technical copywriter.


FRCS (Eng) 1984

FRCS (Plast) 1994 (Ian McGregor medal for Distinction)

Paralysis of the hand; Reanimation; Biomechanics of the hand; tendon transfer surgery

Nerve Microsurgery

Dupuytren's Disease

Nerve Compressions

Reconstruction after Trauma

Skin Cover in the hand

Biomechanics of the hand
Art in Surgery

Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Society for Surgery of the Hand
European Association of Medical Illustrators