The Suffolk Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic is based at the Nuffield Hospital in Ipswich.
We aim to provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment for patients young and old with knee, hip and shoulder problems.
The Nuffield Hospital Ipswich is a modern and purpose built private hospital, providing top class inpatient and outpatient facilities. It is set in 19 acres of woodland in an idyllic location on the eastern outskirts of Ipswich, 15 minutes from the city centre, and 5 minutes from the A14.
All patient bedrooms have en suite bathroom facilities and most have scenic views. Working with your Consultant surgeon, the team of nursing, paramedical and hotel services staff ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. In addition, there is a resident doctor 24 hours a day.
There are five modern operating theatres, including ultra-clean air operating theatres for joint replacement surgery.
The Diagnostic Imaging department can perform a wide range of investigations, including digital X-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, CT (computed tomography) scans and ultrasound.
The Physiotherapy Department includes three modern patient treatment rooms and a state of the art patient gym.
Hospital web-site (click on logo): Nuffield Hospital Ipswich
From the A12 Northbound
Stay on the A12 until reach the Copdock interchange at Ipswich. At the interchange take the A14 Felixstowe turn-off (3rd exit). Carry on the A14, over the Orwell bridge, until you reach the A12 Lowestoft exit. Take this exit and bear left onto the A12.
At the next roundabout turn left - signposted Foxhall. This is the Foxhall Road. Continue on this road, which is a winding country road, for approximately 2 miles. Just after passing the 30mph signs, at the bottom of a short and steep hill, the entrance to the Nuffield Hospital Ipswich will appear on your left. The entrance will come into view quickly and the turn is a sharp one, so care should be exercised.
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Mr Chris Servant is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at the Nuffield Hospital Ipswich and The Ipswich Hospital. He qualified as a doctor from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1990 and then trained in Orthopaedics in Bath and Swindon, gaining further experience in Southampton and Bristol. He has also worked as an Orthopaedic Fellow at the North Sydney Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre in Australia, where he gained specialist experience in knee and shoulder surgery.
His current practice includes the management of knee problems (including arthroscopic surgery and ligament reconstruction), shoulder problems and sports injuries.
He lives just outside Ipswich and is married with a young family. His outside interests include golf, cycling, football, rugby, cricket, windsurfing and snowboarding – in fact virtually any sport! For 7 years he was a team doctor for Bath Rugby Club.
Click here for Mr Servant's Nuffield Health profile
Mr Servant is generally available to see patients in his outpatient clinic on Monday afternoons. Other times may be possible by special arrangement. Operations are usually performed on Monday mornings.
Appointments can be made via Mr Servant's secretary: click here for her contact details.
In most cases a referral from your GP will be required. Your GP will have your full medical history which will be helpful to us in diagnosing and treating your problem.
At the initial consultation Mr Servant will discuss in detail the diagnosis and the options for further treatment. If an operation is recommended, Mr Servant will explain the surgical procedure, the recovery process and the type of rehabilitation programme you will need.
Please bring the following with you to your appointment:
(1) A referral letter from your GP.
(2) Your private medical insurance details (if insured).
(3) Previous X-rays or scans (if available).
(4) Shorts (knee examination only).
The services of the Suffolk Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic are available for anyone, whether covered by private medical insurance or self-paying.
Insured patients
Owing to the wide range of medical insurance packages now available, we recommend that you liaise closely with your insurance company throughout your course of treatment, whether an inpatient or outpatient.
If you are paying through private medical insurance then please bring your insurance registration documents and completed claim form, or alternatively proof of pre-authorisation, with you on your first visit. Please make sure your claim form has been signed by your GP, if required by your insurance policy.
We have arrangements with many of the insurance companies enabling us to send your invoice directly to them electronically. However some patients will be sent an invoice for their consultation or treatment, which then should be forwarded to your insurance company.
Uninsured patients
If you are not covered by medical insurance then you will be responsible for the payment of any services you receive.
Following the initial outpatient consultation you will be sent an invoice for the consultation fee. If you opt to go on to have private treatment, Mr Servant's secretary can arrange a quote for the proposed treatment. Usually the most convenient option is a fixed-price package, such as the Nuffield Hospital's Paying for Yourself scheme (see below).
If you have any questions about fees or payment please contact us.
The Paying for Yourself scheme
It may suit you to pay for your own treatment if you do not have private medical insurance or if your policy does not cover the treatment you need.
The Nuffield Hospital can give you a guaranteed price tailored to your individual treatment that includes all hospital costs, your Consultant’s fee and your anaesthetist fee, if applicable. This ensures that your price will not change, no matter how complex your procedure. However, it may not be possible to quote an exact price until after your initial consultation.
The Consultant fee for your operation is included in the guaranteed price but please be aware that outpatient charges are not included. The Nuffield Hospital will charge for any procedures and tests (including X-rays or scans) undertaken as an Outpatient. Mr Servant will charge separately for the initial and follow-up consultation fees.

More information about Paying for Yourself