Mr John Watson leaves Boston after 26 years!

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that Mr John Watson, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fitzwilliam and Boston West Hospitals, has decided to cease his practice at Boston West Hospital.

“The decision has not been taken lightly but a commute of over two hours each day has taken its toll, as has the increasing traffic on the A16!” said Mr Watson. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my patients and colleagues of the past 26 years.  My job as an orthopaedic consultant has been very enjoyable treating the warm and friendly people of Lincolnshire.  It has been a genuine honour and privilege to have served them, and during this time I have developed a profound affection for those I regard as ‘my flock’.’’

In 1993 Mr Watson started at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and in 2011 he left to pursue an independent career working at Boston West Hospital and Fitzwilliam Hospital in Peterborough.

“Medicine must be in the genes as both my father and grandfather were local GPs in the fens. Perhaps uniquely in the country, I replaced the hip of a patient that my grandfather had delivered into this world and my father had cared for! How special is that!” He continued.

Although Mr Watson will no longer see patients at Boston West Hospital, he will still be available at Fitzwilliam Hospital to provide the same range of services to both NHS and private patients. 

Mr Watson’s orthopaedic practice is broad and comprehensive, mainly including hip, knee, shoulder, hand, and foot surgery. A wide range, but such was his training.

He also provides minor surgery under local anaesthetic for such conditions as carpal tunnel, trigger finger, ganglia, ulnar nerve compression, and toenail problems. Mr Watson will continue with these clinics at the Spalding and Market Deeping practices.

Reminiscing, Mr Watson said: “Orthopaedic practice has changed substantially over the years. Day case minimally invasive surgery is more frequently performed whenever possible, and the length of stay in hospital for major surgery has decreased. When I first started in training waiting lists where commonly two to three years and patients stayed in hospital until their stitches were removed two weeks later!”

Despite these changes the fundamentals of being a good surgeon have not changed. If you are in need of orthopaedic expertise, Mr Watson would be happy to see you at Fitzwilliam Hospital in Peterborough.

For further information please contact our Hospital Service Advisor on: 01733 842304


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