Phillips, Mr Alistair

MBBS, FRCS (trauma and orthopaedics)


Trauma and orthopaedics


Hand surgery

Training and education

  • MBBS (bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery)
  • FRCS (fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons - trauma and orthopaedics)
  • ATLS (advanced trauma life support) instructor
  • Qualified trainer for orthopaedic trainers - British Orthopaedic Association


Mr Phillips is a consultant trauma and upper limb surgeon who joined the Trust in February 2016. As well as being a hand surgeon, he's part of the on-call trauma and orthopaedic team for the hospital's major trauma centre and is also lead consultant for the trauma admissions unit, which he helped set up. Mr Phillips believes in placing the patient at the very centre of their care, taking time to explain, educate and inform all patients about the options.

Mr Phillips is an expert in the use of local anaesthetics and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on a technique known as WALANT (Wide Awake Local Anaesthetic No Tourniquet). 

He built the WALANT surgery website, helped write the book Wide Awake Hand Surgery, and is involved with the University of Southampton's research on the qualitative benefits of the technique. He has been the keynote speaker at the Belgian Hand Society annual meeting and the faculty for the inaugural WALANT course in the UK, and has been invited to be keynote speaker at the Egyptian Hand Society meeting in 2020.

Mr Phillips also has a sub-specialty interest in complex upper limb trauma and reconstruction. He deals with many complex cases, and was the first surgeon in the UK to use the SBI radiocapitellar joint replacement, an artificial elbow joint. In a Trust first, he used 3D printed guides in a hand operation called an intra-articular distal radius osteotomy.

Key achievements

  • Is part of a team writing a Cochrane review on hand fractures
  • Contributed to Wide Awake Hand Surgery, a book by Don Lalonde, former president of the American Association of Hand Surgeons
  • Leads the new trauma admissions unit here at University Hospital Southampton, and was nominated for a Hospital Hero award

Awards and prizes

  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand DVD instructional prize for 'Wide Awake Hand Surgery Basics'
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ronald Raven prize (travelling fellowship)
  • British Orthopaedic Association travelling fellowship award


Mr Phillips' research interests include:

  • wrist fractures
  • platelet-rich plasma for tendinopathies in the upper limb
  • tennis elbow.


  • Contributed to the book Wide Awake Hand Surgery
  • Co-author of a chapter on the subject of hand surgery under local anaesthetic in the Oxford Handbook of Hand Surgery