Dr Catherine Lester, Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist

Dr Catherine Lester MBBCH, DMH(SA), MSc(SEM), MRCP(UK), FFSEM

Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist

MBBCH, DMH(SA), MSc(SEM), MRCP(UK), FFSEM
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Areas of expertise

  • Sport and exercise medicine
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
  • Joint problems
  • Stress fractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided injections
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Recommendations for Dr Lester

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Recommended by:

  • byDr Kartik Modha, GP

    A colleague recently had a video consultation with Dr Catherine Lester regarding pain in his right arm and had a excellent experience. Dr Lester listened with great patience, conducted a detailed diagnostic assessment and offered practical recommendations. He was very much impressed with Dr Lester’s approach. Starting from booking an appointment, joining the video session and post consultation followup, the process was very clearly communicated. He was very grateful for the care he received.

  • byDr Ajai Seth, Musculoskeletal, Sport & Exercise Medicine

    Dr Catherine Lester deals with mental health conditions in athletes and exercisers.

  • byMr Andy Page, Strength and Conditioning Coach

    I know Dr Catherine Lester very well and I always know that if I send a patient to her, they receive the best possible care. I trust her evaluation, her treatment and I know that we can discuss a patient at length if we feel there's something that can be worked on as a team.

  • byMs Alice Corbett, Podiatrist

    Dr Lester is a well rounded Sports Doctor. We have shared a number of interesting foot and ankle cases. Referrals from Cath are always thorough, informative and appropriate. Patients readily comment on her professionalism, knowledge and friendly nature.

  • byMr Simon Chambers, Physiotherapist

    Cath is a brilliant Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant. She is a pleasure to work with, very approachable and great with patients.

  • byMr Vinay Parmar, Physiotherapist

    Dr Cath Lester is highly experienced and very knowledgeable in her field of expertise.

  • byDr Kartik Modha, GP

    A colleague recently had a video consultation with Dr Catherine Lester regarding pain in his right arm and had a excellent experience. Dr Lester listened with great patience, conducted a detailed diagnostic assessment and offered practical recommendations. He was very much impressed with Dr Lester’s approach. Starting from booking an appointment, joining the video session and post consultation followup, the process was very clearly communicated. He was very grateful for the care he received.

  • byDr Ajai Seth, Musculoskeletal, Sport & Exercise Medicine

    Dr Catherine Lester deals with mental health conditions in athletes and exercisers.

  • byMr Andy Page, Strength and Conditioning Coach

    I know Dr Catherine Lester very well and I always know that if I send a patient to her, they receive the best possible care. I trust her evaluation, her treatment and I know that we can discuss a patient at length if we feel there's something that can be worked on as a team.

  • byMs Alice Corbett, Podiatrist

    Dr Lester is a well rounded Sports Doctor. We have shared a number of interesting foot and ankle cases. Referrals from Cath are always thorough, informative and appropriate. Patients readily comment on her professionalism, knowledge and friendly nature.

  • byMr Simon Chambers, Physiotherapist

    Cath is a brilliant Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant. She is a pleasure to work with, very approachable and great with patients.

  • byMr Vinay Parmar, Physiotherapist

    Dr Cath Lester is highly experienced and very knowledgeable in her field of expertise.

  • Address

    • Telephone or video consultation

      Available for patients, please call to arrange, WC2A 1EN

    • Pure Sports Medicine, Chancery Lane WC2A

      36 Chancery Lane, London , WC2A 1EN

    About Dr Catherine Lester

    GMC number: 6158033

    Year qualified: 2004

    Place of primary qualification: University of the Witwatersrand

    Dr Catherine Lester is currently working as a Consultant Sport and Exercise Medicine at Pure Sports Medicine, Chancery Lane in London. Her clinical interests include injection therapy, musculoskeletal medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, team medicine, athlete mental health, contact sports and disability sports. Her sporting interests include rugby, swimming and hockey.

    Dr Lester also works as a team doctor for Northampton Saints RFC, Locum Consultant Cambridge University NHS Trust and Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. She has also worked with England and GB hockey, UK athletics, Bedford Blues RFC, London Olympics and Paralympics and School games and British university championships. She has also worked as an emergency medicine Clinical Fellow (University College London NHS Trust), and with The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore) and Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar (Cambridge University and Ipswich NHS Trust).

    Areas of expertise

    • Sport and exercise medicine
    • Musculoskeletal medicine
    • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
    • Joint problems
    • Stress fractures
    • Overuse injuries
    • Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
    • Ultrasound guided injections
    • Injection therapy - steroid and viscosupplementation
    • Shockwave therapy
    • Team medicine
    • Athlete mental health
    • Contact sports
    • Disability sports
    • Exercise with chronic medical conditions
    • Running injuries
    • Endurance sports
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Back and neck pain
    • Knee pain
    • Shoulder pain
    • Hip pain

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    I am very fortunate to work with elite athletes but the vast majority of patients I see day to day are people with muscle, joint, ligament or tendon pains and injuries. I see not only people who play sport but also work and activity related problems. The problem can come as a result of an injury or be spontaneous in onset.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    As part of the consultation I perform a thorough assessment and examination, it is important to gain an understanding of the impact the problem has on your day to day life. I am able to perform diagnostic ultrasound in the clinic room and am able to arrange further investigations such as the relevant blood tests, X-ray, CT scanning and Dexa. Depending on the problem the management may include a multi-disciplinary approach with the physio, dietician, podiatrist, soft tissue therapist and strength and conditioning coach. I can perform injection therapies and shockwave as well as prescribe relevant medications.

    If the problem requires surgical intervention I am able to refer on to the relevant specialist.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    I am the team doctor for a premiership rugby club and can see sports injuries related to any area of the body.

    I have an interest in back, shoulder, hip and knee problems but am used to seeing any musculoskeletal problems.

    I am interested in the medical optimisation of rehabilitation and performance.

    I am also a national lead for the faculty of sport and exercise medicine’s Moving Medicine initiative promoting physical activity in people with chronic conditions.

  • Professional memberships

    General Medical Council

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