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Shoulder Health Check

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Don’t let your shoulder hold you back.

Shoulder pain and stiffness can severely restrict your mobility and limit your ability to work, play and function. It can have a major impact on your quality of life.

As one of the body’s most mobile joints, we notice just how much we rely on our shoulder’s free movement when it’s taken away.

Symptoms can often be treated with physiotherapy, but if they persist for more than two weeks – particularly when doing something as simple as putting on a coat – it can be a sign of an underlying problem, which if addressed could be remedied.

We’ve created a shoulder assessment package just for you.

Prices from


Book a shoulder health check and start your healing journey


  • Thorough examination and assessment
  • X-Ray of the shoulder
  • Diagnosis and follow-up to establish treatment plan

Enquiries & appointments

Get the expert diagnosis you need to move forward with your recovery, without the wait.

For more information or to make an appointment:

Call 020 7467 4344 or fill in your details below to make an enquiry

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King Edward VII's Hospital,
5-10 Beaumont Street,
Marylebone, London W1G 6AA

Stop waiting and get the diagnosis you need

This one-stop shoulder health check can help establish the cause of your shoulder problem and provide you with a bespoke treatment plan.

Your package includes:

  • A thorough examination and assessment by one of the UK’s leading consultant shoulder specialists
  • An X-Ray (unilateral) of the shoulder
  • Immediate follow up with your consultant to establish a treatment plan

And with no waiting lists to worry about, you can be seen at a time that suits you, starting the next phase of your recovery right away.

Do I need a shoulder assessment?

Shoulder problems can be caused by many different conditions including arthritis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, impingement and tendonitis. More sudden, very bad pain as the result of an injury can also be caused by a broken bone or dislocation.

The most common symptoms that may suggest an assessment is necessary are:

  • pain
  • stiffness
  • swelling
  • weakness
  • clicking or locking

If you have tried physiotherapy but the symptoms persist, make an appointment to see a shoulder specialist today. If you are experiencing severe symptoms after falling or other injury, this needs urgent investigation to identify and correct the problem, preventing further damage.

Our expertise in diagnosing and treating shoulder problems

King Edward VII’s Hospital is a world-renowned centre of excellence for orthopaedics, with over 120 years’ experience in diagnosing and treating shoulder problems. Our consultant shoulder specialists are hand-picked as the leaders in their field, who also work at London teaching hospitals and are involved in the very latest clinical research, looking after top athletes and sports people.

Our team includes Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialists, working collaboratively with consultants to ensure patients receive a personal, tailored treatment plan with one to one support before, during and after surgery.

Get the expert diagnosis you need to move forward with your recovery, without the wait.

Meet your shoulder specialists

Mr Andrew Sankey  ›
Special interests include:
Shoulder Fracture (+ 15 more)
Mr David Butt  ›
Special interests include:
Shoulder Replacement (+ 4 more)
Mr (William) James White  ›
Special interests include:
Shoulder Surgery (+ 5 more)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose which consultant I see?

Absolutely. Self-funding your treatment enables you to choose when you are seen, and who you are seen by. King Edward VII’s Hospital consultants are among the finest in the UK, so you can be sure you are choosing one of the best for your shoulder condition.

The list of available consultants for shoulder health checks are on this web page.

Is the price fixed irrespective of how complex my shoulder problem is?

Any shoulder problem would be suitable for this assessment, including problems following previous shoulder replacement.

However, if more complex investigation is required, there might be a supplemental cost.

Can I use my private health insurance?

If you have private medical insurance, you can still choose when you are seen and who you are seen by, from the same list of outstanding specialists.

The booking process is a little different. This ‘package’ price has been created for self-funding patients only and is not applicable to patients with private medical insurance.

However, if you have private medical insurance, the costs of consultations, diagnostics and treatment should be covered. Check with your insurance provider that your condition and chosen consultant’s fees are covered as you may have to pay an excess or shortfall, and obtain pre-authorisation before booking. Your insurance provider will likely require a GP referral too.

If you need any help with the process, our team is always on hand. Please call 020 7467 4344.

Do I need a GP referral?

You do not need to have a GP referral for a specialist shoulder health check, although it would be useful to have one.

How long will the health check take?

On average a surgical consultation is between 20-30 minutes, with another 15 minutes for imaging.

What happens during a shoulder health check?

Your consultant will take a history: listen carefully to the problem which has brought you to hospital and also enquire about any relevant previous medical issues.

Having established the background, you will then be thoroughly examined to ensure all tests and treatments are focused on your specific circumstances.

In what instance might I need a MRI scan?

An MRI in the shoulder is used to examine soft tissue problems around the shoulder in detail. An MRI would be useful in diagnosing tendon tears and dislocations.

This would be charged separately from the health check package.

In what instance might I need an ultrasound guided injection?

Guided steroid injections are used in a number of shoulder conditions, such as impingement and frozen shoulder, to break the cycle of pain – providing not only symptomatic relief but also facilitating rehabilitation.

Do I need to prepare for a shoulder health check?

No special preparation is needed, but it is helpful to bring a list of medications and allergies with you if applicable.

What do I wear for a shoulder health check?

The examination includes looking at the collarbone and shoulder blade, so ideally a vest style top. A chaperone is available if you would like one.

What are the potential treatment options?

The majority of shoulder problems, including injuries, do not require surgery. The goals of treatment are diagnosis, symptom management and rehabilitation to restore function.

Once a diagnosis is confirmed, your consultant will discuss the natural history of your condition, how it is likely to change over time and the treatment options. These include watchful waiting, physiotherapy, ultrasound guided injections and surgery.

If I need an operation, will it be done by the consultant who sees me?

Yes, absolutely. Self-funding your treatment enables you to be seen by the same specialist from your very first meeting, to your operation, to your follow up consultation. It is still your choice, and there is no obligation to see the same consultant, but you should be aware that if you choose to see another specialist, they will require you to have an initial consultation prior to any surgery.

Please note: If you need urgent surgical intervention, you may be offered the next available appropriate consultant. Don’t worry, you will be given ample time to meet him or her pre-operatively.