Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinic
If your GP has referred you to an Orthopaedic Consultant for a
non-emergency condition, you will be seen in one of our Orthopaedic Outpatient
clinics. These are held every weekday and most of them take place in the
Fracture Clinic, which is located on B Level. The entrance is opposite the main
carpark to the left of UECC.
When you attend for your appointment, you may be asked to have an x-ray
before you see the doctor. Because of the appointment, you may be
referred for other investigations such as an MRI scan or ultrasound scan.
When you have been seen in clinic and had all the necessary tests and
investigations, your consultant will discuss treatment options with you.
At this point, you may decide that surgery is the best option for you.
If you attend our Urgent & Emergency Care Centre (UECC) department
due to an injury to your arm, leg, shoulder or foot, depending on the severity
of your injury, you may be admitted directly to the Orthopaedic Trauma Unit. If you do not need admission immediately, you are likely to be referred
to our Fracture Clinic.
Fracture clinics are held every weekday and take place in the
fracture clinic, near to the x-ray department. The entrance is opposite the
main carpark to the left of UECC.
You may be asked to have an x-ray
before seeing the doctor in clinic.
Admission for Planned Surgery
If you are having elective (planned) orthopaedic surgery, you are most
likely to be admitted to the Elective Orthopaedic Unit, which is located on
B Level of the main hospital. This includes both inpatients who will have an
overnight stay and some day case procedures.
Some day case procedures are carried out on the Day Surgery Unit, which
is located on B Level of the main hospital. You are likely to be discharged
without an overnight stay.
On the day of admission, an anaesthetist will assess you to see if you
are medically fit for surgery. A nurse will ensure your personal details are
correct and help to prepare you for surgery.
If everything is deemed satisfactory, you will be transferred to theatre
The Orthopaedic Trauma Unit is located on C Level of the main hospital. This ward deals with a wide variety of Orthopaedic trauma injuries and each case is discussed in our trauma conference, which is held on the unit every morning. Here the patients’ needs are assessed and theatre lists are populated and prioritised.
For more information on the orthopaedic trauma pathway, watch the video below.