Surgeon with brainwaves

Xray image of a human head brain

Richard Ashpole

Mr Richard Ashpole

Entrepreneurial neurosurgeon Mr Richard Ashpole has a successful sideline in designing surgical instruments.

In addition to my usual duties as a consultant neurosurgeon at Queen’s Medical Centre, Notting­ham (QMC), I have a longstanding and entirely amateur interest in designing and developing neurosurgical instruments and other ‘bits of kit’.

My first foray into this field was as a junior registrar when I designed, and had made, a set of instruments to assemble all manner of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt systems by a non-touch technique. These were patented, and then manufactured and distributed in conjunction with a UK company.

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