Sport & Orthopaedic Clinic

We are happy at SOC Bristol Ltd to give you the news we think is important about our growing clinic of 20 cousultants and 7 members of staff. We are easily accesible in Bristol or London and Internationally via Heathrow or Bristol Airports.

You can find out about the latest evidence based medicine we think will make a difference to our patients. We also run training days for General Practitioners and allied medical professionals. Read on for the list of news items...


1st March 2023

The International Sport and Orthopaedic Clinic are delighted to announce the appointment of our new General manager Emma Smyth.

SOC send all our best wishes to Jane Breen-Turner on her retirement this year. Jane has steered us admirably through the pandemic with a capable hand on the tiller.

SOC Study Day 2023

If you wish to contact Emma please see our Contact Page

12th October 2022

The SOC GP and Physiotherapy Sponsored Study Day is back in the New Year.

Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium Date: Wed 8th February 2023

We will be teaching injection techniques, offering short lectures and examination techniques to 100 delegates for this study day.

Telephone Jane Breen-Turner (see below) for details and to secure your place and your 2023 CPD points.

SOC Study Day 2023

If you wish to join the event next Feb now is the time to book! Contact our practice manager Jane either by phone (0117 3171796) or email (

22nd October 2021

SOC Shoulder surgeons Mr Mark Crowther and Mr Phil McCann were the first surgeons in the UK be invited to try out the new Arthrex Teaching Centre called "Innovation Point" in Solihull. We suspect they will be teaching younger shoulder surgeons for some years to come.

Shoulder Doctors

If you wish to have a new consultation for an injury suffered in lockdown now is the time! Contact our practice manager Jane either by phone (01173171796) or email (

19th October 2021

SOC are on the hunt for yet another secretarial colleague to boost the size of the team of PA's at SOC Bristol Ltd.

Call Jane for details 0044 (0) 1173171796 Click here for a Job Description.

2nd August 2021

SOC Director Mr Mez Acharya has been made Honorary Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics in 2021 at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) (Welsh: Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan) for his excellent work in supporting and developing their pelvic trauma and tumour services. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Many congratulations Mez.

Professor Mez Acahrya

If you wish to have a new consultation for an injury suffered in lockdown now is the time! Contact our practice manager Jane either by phone (01173171796) or email (

3rd July 2020

SOC Directors open the first new patient clinic since lockdown at Keith James Physiotherapy Bristol.


After many months of lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic the UK is slowly opening up. Many of the private healthcare facilities are still contracted to emergency care for the NHS. SOC have been conducting telephone consultations to keep an eye on those who needed or requested follow up but SOC Bristol realised there was a growing pentup demand for FacetoFace consultations with new self pay patients. If you wish to have a new consultation for an injury suffered in lockdown now is the time! Contact our practice manager Jane either by phone (01173171796) or email (

3rd July 2020

SOC COVID-19 Statement

Sport & Orthopaedic Clinic Bristol Coronavirus Statement: It is clear that the whole country is at a point of crisis over is an ongoing major health disaster. 

Like all businesses we are having to take action to protect our patients and our employees. SOC-Bristol is an independent clinic based around a large group of Orthopaedic surgeons. We are keen to support our patients in these difficult times and will make sure that the ongoing care of their specific problem is facilitated as well as current circumstances dictate. As part of the new services available we are now offering virtual (on line/telephone) appointments. That is always easier with patients we are already treating but for limited conditions it may be possible to see a new patient. If we cannot provide advice without seeing you we will advise you of that. If you wish to pursue this consultation by telephone option please contact either an individual consultant’s secretary by phone or email, alternatively you can contact our practice manager Jane either by phone (01173171796) or email ( 

Happily the systems we have put in place to support our staff allow us to isolate them from patients and colleagues while continuing to be able to provide a service. Please be patient with the consultant’s secretaries. The workload to administer these changes has increased rather than decreased with the changes. As such we ask you to be a little tolerant and understanding of the slightly more difficult circumstances under which our staff are working. We have linked with one of our local physiotherapy clinics to provide advice to patients online. For our inpatient treatments we are entirely dependent on our hospital partners, The Spire Bristol, Nuffield Bristol and Lister London Hospitals. They are trying to support the health service and their resources are being diverted to do that. That might mean we cannot arrange your inpatient or day case treatment for some months. The Lister Hospital and its Satellite Clinic Chelsea Outpatient Centre is opening up to private patients. We will inform you via this news briefing page when the others are openin  

We intend to work hard to catch up as and when things get back to normal. We are sure you will appreciate that many of our consultants are working in frontline positions and their availability may vary depending on their commitments and their need to self-isolate, under certain circumstances. We have a system of cross cover such that any urgent problems will be dealt with by those consultants who are available. Ultimately our greatest priority at SOC will always be you the patient.

3rd July 2020

SOC Opens a new patient clinic at the Keith James Physiotherapy Clinic in Bristol Statement

Sport & Orthopaedic Clinic Bristol has opened the first new private patient clinic since lockdown in the Keith James Clinic. If you wish to arrange a consultation with the consultants who are using this COVID ready facility then telephone our practice manager Jane either by phone (01173171796) or email ( 

We asked Jane Breen-Turner about the facility and she said ""

Keith has provided a top notch physiotherapy service to SOC Bristol's patients for the 20 years we have been in existence. "He sorted my youngest son's ankle out when he was training for the Balliol College bumps and sprained his ankle" said Mr John Hardy, COnsultant Knee and Coccyx Surgeon.

3rd April 2020

Italian Doctors death toll is today up to 77

(ANSA) - Rome, April 3 - Italy's coronavirus doctor death toll rose to 77 Friday as another four doctors died, the federation of doctors guilds FNOMCEO said. They were Italo Nosari (diabetologist), Gianroberto Monti (dentist), Luciano Riva (pediatrician), and Federico Vertemati (family doctor).

27th March 2020

SOC Directors and staff are sad to see Christine step out of the driving seat.


After many years of work to keep SOC Bristol Ltd on the racing track as an experienced secretary and subsequently the General Manager Christine Wheeler has retired. She has handed the steering wheel onto Jane but will be sorely missed in the SOC pit stop. The lockdown, due to coronavirus, has meant we have posponed her leaving dinner. Christine is now looking forward to getting behind the wheel of her very large garden at home.

14th March 2020

NHS and private hospitals join forces to fight coronavirus crisis

The NHS is to join forces with the private health sector this week in an emergency plan to combat the coronavirus crisis, as fears grow that publicly funded hospitals will soon be unable to cope with the number of patients suffering from the virus. News of the unprecedented partnership came as 245 scientists and mathematicians denounced the government plan to achieve “herd immunity” by delaying measures to prevent the virus spreading, saying acting now would save “thousands of lives”. The number of deaths in the UK rose on Saturday by 10 in just 24 hours, almost doubling the total from 11 to 21. The government’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, said all were patients in “at-risk” groups. Guardian

11th February 2020

Disease Caused by the Novel Coronavirus Officially Has a Name: COVID-19

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, announced the name Tuesday, giving a specific identifier to a disease that has been confirmed in more than 42,000 people and caused more than 1,000 deaths in China. There have been fewer than 400 cases in 24 other countries, with one death. In choosing the name, WHO advisers focused simply on the type of virus that causes the disease. Co and Vi come from coronavirus, Tedros explained, with D meaning disease and 19 standing for 2019, the year the first cases were seen. Scientific American

6 February 2020

The Chinese doctor who tried to warn others about coronavirus

Dr Li Wenliang, who was hailed a hero for raising the alarm about the coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak, has died of the infection. His death was confirmed by the Wuhan hospital where he worked and was being treated, following conflicting reports about his condition on state media. Dr Li, 34, tried to send a message to fellow medics about the outbreak at the end of December. Three days later police paid him a visit and told him to stop. He returned to work and caught the virus from a patient. He had been in hospital for at least three weeks. He posted his story from his hospital bed last month on social media site Weibo. "Hello everyone, this is Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital," the post begins. It was a stunning insight into the botched response by local authorities in Wuhan in the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Li was working at the centre of the outbreak in December when he noticed seven cases of a virus that he thought looked like Sars - the virus that led to a global epidemic in 2003. The cases were thought to come from the Huanan Seafood market in Wuhan and the patients were in quarantine in his hospital. BBC News

3rd January 2020

FDA Bans Fruit, Mint Vaping Products

To make e-cigarettes less tempting to kids, the FDA banned the sale of flavored vaping oils Thursday, with enforcement starting in February. Nicotine vaping products have been hailed by some as a way to "off-ramp" current smokers and minimize the harmful effects of cigarettes. Meanwhile, critics have pointed to the rising number of teens becoming new nicotine users who start with flavored vape products. The FDA has had the authority over the e-cigarette market since Aug. 2016, but has deferred its enforcement authority until now. MedicineNet