Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith

Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith

MBBS DRCOG MRCGP MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine FFSEM(UK)

Sports & Exercise Medicine

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4 specialists

24 years of experience
7 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

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5
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5
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5

Top feedback

“She's fabulous. Really friendly and puts you at ease straight away, Reakky knowledgable and made me feel like a top class athlete with the explanation and recommendations for next steps....“
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4205342
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250.00

    Follow-up appointment: £200.00

    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    213 reviews

    HCA UK at The Shard

    St Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9BS
    376 reviews

    Platinum Medical Centre

    15-17 Lodge Road, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    502 reviews

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
    680 reviews

    About

    Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith is a Sports & Exercise Medicine doctor who has a number of specialist skills in the management of hip and groin problems, including femoroacetabular impingement. She has guided the recovery of over 3,000 patients undergoing hip arthroscopy and regularly works with GB athletes, professional dancers, PGA Golfers, as well as circus performers and climbers. She initially trained in Sports Medicine at Bath University and has a particular interest in helping people recover after surgery, or those who have failed to recover despite previous treatment.

    Dr Spencer-Smith has a particularly functional and biomechanics-focused approach to care. She’s a great problem-solver of pain with complex movement patterns, such as ankle pain in runners, shoulder pain in tennis players, and spinal pain in golfers. In addition to this, she also assists in the care of patients under-going cancer treatment, to enable them to benefit from the treatment-enhancing effects of exercise, and to regain new resilience post-chemotherapy.

    She works closely with physios, osteos, orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists and strength and conditioning coaches, to ensure a very tailored and quickly responsive multidisciplinary approach for her patients. She has a very approachable and enthusiastic manner, and she’s passionate about helping patients to get back to doing what’s important to them, especially if they’ve been struggling to recover.

    It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.

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    Special interests


    Diagnosis and treatment of hip and groin pain:

    • Femoroacetabular impingement (F.A.I)
    • Groin and hip flexor problems
    • Non-surgical treatment of hip osteoarthritis
    • Gluteal pain

    Diagnosis and treatment running and endurance sports injuries:

    • Shoulder pain
    • Ankle sprains and pain
    • Knee pain
    • Spine and buttock pain
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    Education

    MBBS St Bartholomew's Hospital, University of London 1995

    DRCOG Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1998

    MRCGP Royal College of General Practitioners 1999

    MSc Sport and Exercise University of Bath 2006

    FFSEM Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine: Royal College of Surgeons 2013

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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
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    Foot Pain
    1/5
    Hip pain
    1/5
    Knee Arthroscopy
    1/5
    Knee Surgery
    1/5
    Running Injuries
    1/5
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    Patient seen for:
    Hip pain
    She's fabulous. Really friendly and puts you at ease straight away, Reakky knowledgable and made me feel like a top class athlete with the explanation and recommendations for next steps....
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    Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith

    Thank you for your lovely words. Wishing you all the best for your recovery!

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Knee Arthroscopy Knee Surgery
    Very pleased with all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment and care and the integration of the treatment
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    Overall
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    Patient seen for:
    Foot Pain Running Injuries
    My diagnostic and treatment-planning consultations with Dr Spencer-Smith for injuries sustained through running have been the epitome of the doctor-patient experience. She is warm, charming, totally thorough, highly expert, intelligent, subtle and careful. She is also able to clearly and succinctly explain and demystify her diagnoses which immediately lessens all anxieties and makes the experience an active collaboration towards wellness rather than a confusing and cold experience. In addition to these aspects Dr Spencer-Smith's clinic runs with gratifying punctuality and efficiency and with the benefit of highly responsive and helpful administrative staff. All in all a really excellent experience.
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    Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith

    Thank you for your kind words, and I wish you the very best for your recovery.

    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    A very personable and knowledgeable specialist that I would thoroughly recommend.
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    De Spencer Smith is a very nice, caring and comprehensive doctor.
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 4 doctors for:
    4

    Sports & Exercise Medicine

    Mr Rick Miller
    Mr Rick Miller
    Nutrition

    03-10-2019

    Dr Spencer-Smith is an exceptional sports physician specialising in musculoskeletal treatment. I've worked with Cath as a recipient of her referrals for Dietetics for several years now; and all patients who have received her care have only had positive feedback. Her care and attention to 'tricky' musculoskeletal issues, chronic under-training or other sports performance issues is incredible. She comes highly recommended from one clinician to another, don't look any further!

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Musculoskeletal Injury, Joint Injury
    Connection: I have looked after their patients
    Mr Chris Myers
    Mr Chris Myers
    Physiotherapy

    09-05-2019

    Cath is a very knowledgable and experienced Sports Doctor. She is an excellent communicator and helps clients understand their condition and takes the time to carefully explain to clients what is wrong and what the best options are for a full recovery. I refer regularly to Cath and would trust her with my nearest and dearest. One of the best!

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Musculoskeletal Injury
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Dr Tim Lebens
    Dr Tim Lebens
    General Practice (GP)

    09-05-2019

    Cathy Spencer-Smith is my Sports Medicine specialist of choice. She is an excellent clinician and diagnostician, as well as having the bedside manner to match!

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Tendinopathy (tendonitis), Musculoskeletal Injury, Ligament Injury, Joint Injury
    For procedures: Prolotherapy, Shockwave Therapy, Joint Injection, Musculoskeletal ultrasound, Soft Tissue Injection
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Mr Tom Lowes
    Mr Tom Lowes
    Osteopathy

    10-07-2018

    I can highly recommend Cath as a Sports & Exercise Medicine doctor. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she combines with a friendly and straightforward approach to solving your injury. She is second to none when it comes to fixing hips!

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Musculoskeletal Injury, Joint Injury
    Connection: I have referred patients to them

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