Below are a few comments from the professional sports team that use Mike as their hand and wrist surgeon. In addition to treating professional sports people, Mike also treats the general public with all aspects of hand, wrist and elbow conditions.


"I have referred a large number of patients to Mike over a period of several years; these referrals include elite Professional footballers, Academy footballers, amateur athletes and individuals with hand and wrist conditions from a broad range of occupations. Without exception the attention to detail and promptness of service from Mike has been second to none and there has been a high level of patient satisfaction and excellent functional outcomes relevant to the patients' specific sporting or occupational needs. Mike understands the requirement for 24/7 support for Team Doctors in elite Sport and has always been readily contactable and available for consultations or advice. Mike is ably assisted by members of his extended team and this has been of great value during follow-up care and liaison with Club Physiotherapy staff".

Dr Steve McNally, Club Doctor, Manchester United FC

"We have used Mike for all our hand injuries over recent times to great success. He is the first person we call when hand injury occurs as the service he provides is second to none!"

Matthew Connery Msc MCSP SRP, Senior Physiotherapist, Everton Football Club

"Elite athletes demand the highest possible standards when they are injured, in order that they can continue competing or resume play as soon as possible. Mike offers the highest possible clinical standards regarding hand and wrist injuries and he is my first port of call when I need help in this area. He is always helpful and fully satisfies the expectations of athletes from all over the world."

Dr Philip Batty, Former Club Doctor to Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City Football Club and the  England Rugby Football Union

"I have used Mike Hayton for wrist and hand injuries for the Wigan Football and Rugby League players for many years. I have found his surgical expertise and post operative rehabilitation excellent. His availability, team work ethic and liason with medical staff and physios faultless".

Dr Ansar Zaman, Chief Medical Officer, Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors Rugby League


"Approachable, excellent opinion, easy to discuss individual problems, takes into consideration the athletes wishes, would gladly let him operate on my wrist (if I had a problem!)". 

Dr Mike Stone. MBChB. FFSEM(UK). Birmingham City Football Club. 


Mike sets the bar extremely high when it comes to service provision in professional sport. Having known Mike for over 8 years, his timely and measured approach to injury management is second to none. The quality of care Mike and his team offer from initial contact to return to play has always been impeccable, and It's always great to see Mike at the occasional game enjoying watching his handy work in action!

Mike Lancaster. Head of Medical Services. Worcester Warriors Rugby Club  

When we have a hand injury at London Irish, Mike is the first guy I call as he is an expert in not only dealing with hand injuries but especially with the management of elite athletes and returning them to play as soon as safely possible.

I have no hesitation in recommending him due to his professionalism, expertise and willingness to help.

Brian O’Leary. Head Of Medical Services. London Irish RFC

"I have had the pleasure of working with Mike professionally for over a decade, both in NHS and sporting spheres. He has always offered the highest possible standard of care to our players here at St Helens RFC. I believe that his expertise has been a major factor in minimizing the loss of playing time for our players with significant hand injuries. He, and his team offer a complete service from initial contact through to return to play. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to anybody involved with the treatment of elite athletes".

Dr Simon Perritt, Club Doctor, St Helens Rugby League

"I have consistently referred players to Mike for the last 8 years. He provides the highest quality care and expertise to all my players.

Mike and his team deliver an exceptional professional service with ease of referral and support from diagnosis through surgery to return to play.

His in depth understanding of the needs of elite athletes is invaluable."

Joanne Seddon, Senior Physiotherapist. Wigan Warriors Rugby League FC

"Mike Hayton provides Warrington Wolves Rugby League with a first class hand and wrist injury service. He is always available and happy to sort our players at the weekend if required. We have had excellent results following his surgery and the players feel comfortable with his approach to their injuries".

Dr Paul Stockton. Team Doctor. Warrington Wolves Rugby League FC

"Mike understands the demands of working with elite sportsmen and his service reflects those demands. His professional approachable manner allied to his unquestionable surgical expertise are just a few of the reasons why for hand, wrist and elbow surgery Mike is my surgeon of choice. Mike's timely assistance when needed always exceeds my expectations and I look forward to working with Mike for many years to come".

Ian Kelly Head Physio Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League FC

"Within my work both as an NHS GP and a Sports Medic, conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow are common and can range from being uncomfortable to incapacitating. I am extremely fortunate to be able to call on Mike Hayton to assist with treating not only common complaints but also providing a service for the management of complex conditions. In particular, hand and wrist injuries in an athlete constitute a unique challenge. A specialised management approach is often necessary and for this reason, I refer all my significant hand and wrist injuries to Mike. He is easy to contact and readily available at short notice, including weekends. He rapidly makes the correct diagnosis and establishes the most effective treatment plan to achieve maximum results. In addition to his undoubted expertise in hand, wrist and elbow injuries, he is knowledgeable and attentive to the specific needs of the elite athlete as a patient, to permit their return to sporting activities, without impairment, at all levels of participation."

Dr John Morgan, Team Doctor, Widnes Vikings Rugby League


"We have thoroughly enjoyed building a close relationship with Mike Hayton over the past 5 season here at WCCC. 

Wrist and hand injuries are common place within Cricket and we turn to Mike no matter how minor an injury may seem. Having someone with a wealth of experience available at the end of the phone 24/7 has been invaluable to us. 

Mike is extremely approachable which means players trust him. A thorough assessment ensures Mike always outlines all options available to the player and involves them in the decision making process which is key.

His manner with all players whether it be academy or international test cricketer has been exceptional.  There is no other specialist I would rather turn to, and we here at WCCC are very grateful for his continued support.

Ben Davies. Lead Physiotherapist. Worcestershire County Cricket Club

"The medical team at Lancashire County Cricket have worked closely with Mike for over 10 years and he is the first person we call when it comes to hand and wrist injuries. No matter the time of day or night, he is always happy to offer an opinion or advice, and goes out of his way to see the athlete personally as soon as possible. 

Mike leaves no stone unturned in terms of assessment and investigations, which in turn allows him to make measured clinical decisions in the best long term interests of the athlete. He understands the demands of professional sport, and always aims to get our cricketers back playing as quickly and as safely as possible"

Sam Byrne - 1st Team Physiotherapist - Lancashire County Cricket Club 

Motor Sport

March 2014, ten weeks until the Isle of Man TT races and I'm sat in the back of an ambulance, my racing career over!!! Or so I thought until I was introduced too Mike Hayton my saviour. After painstaking rebuilding my shattered right wrist, little did he know how he rebuilt my life.

2015 the best TT race of my career, a senior TT win and an outright lap record with not a wince from my injuries, where would I have been without him, huge testament to the mans ability. Massive thanks.

John McGuinness, Motorcycle Racer

I have no hesitation in recommending or using Mike for all hand and wrist related injuries for any elite performer.  Mike's skill as a surgeon combined with his specific sports medicine experience means he deals with the athletes in a sport specific way, with total empathy - completely putting the athletes mind at rest and ensuring the treatment path is the fastest for returning to competition and career longevity.  Equally, Mike gives clear and frank explanations - managing athlete expectations expertly.

Darren Roberts, High Performance Manager, Red Bull UK


In February 2013 I was involved in a high-speed biking crash which saw me injured my right scaphoid. The options were to let it heal on its own or to proceed with surgery. Mike Hayton was fantastic in guiding me through surgery and giving me back a right wrist that was fully functioning weeks after the crash. Without his expertise I would not have been able to compete in the first two rounds of the GP2 championship, which at the end of the season I came second.

Sam Bird, Formula 1 Racing Driver 


"In my sport hand and wrist injuries can be career threatening if not treated in the correct way. I can't speak highly enough about the level of treatment I have had from Mike and his team. From the first consultation, I was well informed and given informative and frank explanations of my injuries. Mike and his team have now successfully repaired both my right and left wrists after ligament damage, and I have been able to return at the highest level and winning World Championship races!"

Jonathan Rea, 2015 World Superbike Champion


"Mike has managed hand wrist and forearm injuries for me for the last 10 years. I have always been impressed by his surgical and conservative management of patients. Working in an elite sport environment I have to work with surgeons who are prepared to be flexible and innovative with their management plans". 

Dr Dave Jones FFSEM, Sports Physician English Institute of Sport.


Mr Mike Hayton has provided an excellent diagnostic and surgical management service for many of my elite athletes over the past ten years. Not only is he approachable, almost at any time, he has kept me up-to-date on his management throughout their care.
He fully understands the needs of the professional athlete and their sports physician. 

Dr Richard Freeman, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Team Sky ProCycling and GB cycling team


"Mike Hayton has worked very closely with the Great Britain Boxing Team and has helped considerably in a number of boxers attaining selection for the  the last three Olympic Games. I would not hesitate in recommending him".

Dr Mike Loosemore, British Boxing Team Doctor, EIS London Lead Physician

As a professional boxer my hands are my tools. Mike has looked after my hands and wrists for the last 8 years. He has given advice on taping techniques and splinting to prevent injuries and has allowed me to compete at the highest level."

Amir Khan, Former Unified World Champion ( WBA and IBF) Light Welterweight

"I am Tony "The Bomber" Bellew. I would like to thank Mr Hayton for the work which he has done to repair the damage I have done to my hands over time, I personally feel Mr Hayton is without doubt the best in the business, All I have to say is thank you Mike for getting my career back on track, Without you I'd be lost".

Tony Bellew,  WBC World cruiserweight champion

"Big thanks to Mike who has operated on all 4 of us over the years and allowed us to continue to fight at the highest level. Great to have him around to fix us when we get hand injuries. He's even looked after our dad"

Paul, Stephen, Liam and Callum Smith, British,Commonwealth, European and World Title Winning Boxing Family

Mike has looked after my Boxers hands for the last 10 years and provides great service. He has helped the careers of many boxers who have gone onto compete at the highest level. Great to have his number on speed dial. 

Joe Gallagher, USA Ring Magazine trainer of the year 2015

"As a heavyweight boxer, hand injuries are an occupational hazard, and one which I don't manage to avoid very well. Luckily I have known Mike for the best part of 7 years and in that time he has helped me out on countless occasions, whether it be a simple diagnosis or going under the knife. I have always put 100% trust in him and time after time has proved me to be right. Without doubt I consider him to be the best and would highly recommend him to anybody."

David Price, Olympic Bronze Medaliist - Beijing 2008, Former British, and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion