orthopaedic surgeon and paediatric consultant
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Mr Thomas Crompton

Paediatric Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Children’s orthopaedic consultant Thomas Crompton is a caring, dedicated and experienced surgeon, specialising in the entire spectrum of orthopaedic disorders in children of any age. With a particular focus on children’s trauma, the conditions he also treats include cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. A respected author and educator in his field, he is based at Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital, from where he delivers the best possible care for children in the London and South East.

Specialist interests


About Mr Crompton

Thomas graduated from Barts and The London Medical School in 2004 before completing his registrar orthopaedic training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals. Following this he undertook specialist children’s orthopaedic fellowships at The Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, and Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. In 2016, he was appointed to his current post of Children’s Orthopaedic Consultant at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

His practice covers all aspects of paediatric orthopaedic surgery as well as delivering an adult and children’s on-call trauma service in a major trauma centre. His expertise extends to the treatment of the following conditions: hip dysplasia, developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE), deformity correction, Perthes disease, guided growth surgery, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, children’s foot and ankle conditions, minimally invasive hallux valgus surgery; cavovarus foot deformity, flat feet.

Thomas is a passionate advocate of the value of non-operative treatment and always takes great care to explain to both the child and their parents, that orthopaedic treatment does not automatically mean having an operation. In fact, Thomas will only perform surgery where it is it the most appropriate treatment, and many children will not need it. At the initial consultation, he will carefully build up a picture of the causes and symptoms of each child’s condition before progressing to recommending the most effective treatment.

Outside work, Thomas is a reserve officer in the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron with the Royal Airforce and is heavily involved in several work-related charities, including Rockinghorse, Ronald McDonald House in Brighton and the SPRINT Fund. His hobbies include racquet sports, golf, skiing and outdoor pursuits.



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Professional background

Mr Thomas Crompton

Paediatric Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Royal College of Surgeons

Surgical Training Committee member, KSS Orthopaedic registrar training rotation

Educational Supervisor, KSS Orthopaedic registrar

Course organiser, Paediatric Trauma Course, Brighton, Orthopaedic Research UK

Course Faculty:

  • Faculty London Basic Science FRCS revision course, Orthopaedic Research UK
  • Faculty Paeds FRCS revision course, Orthopaedic Research UK
  • ATLS Instructor Faculty in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells

Medical school finals OSCE Examiner, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (since 2016)

Teaching courses attended:

  • Training the Trainers course, Royal College of Surgeons, London
  • Training and Assessment in Practice, Royal College of Surgeons, London

The prevalence of bifid iliopsoas tendon on MRI in children. Crompton T, Lloyd C, Kokkinakis M, Norman-Taylor F. J Child Orthop. 2014 Aug; 8 (4):333-6

Ankle osteomyelitis – an unusual presentation. Robati S, Porter K, Shahid M, Crompton T, Sandiford N. J R Soc Med SH Rep. 2013; 4:35

Clinical Cases and OSCEs in Surgery. Churchill Livingstone. Second Edition. 2011. Chapter author.

ISBN: 978-0-7020-2994-3

Deranged smooth muscle α–actin as a biomarker for intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Knowles CH….. Crompton T et al. GUT 2004; 53: 1583-1589

Paediatric upper limb fracture manipulation in the children’s emergency department: a successful treatment that provides cost savings. P Cameron, D Rad, E Lindisfarne, A Vaughan, T Crompton, N Maripuri, EPOS 2017

The prevalence of bifid iliopsoas tendon on MRI in children. Crompton T., EPOS, Marseille 2015

Do we learn more from pulp fiction or the BJJ. Crompton T, Mills R, Children’s Orthopaedic and Spinal Regional Research Day, Dec 2014 (Podium)

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