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Hip fractures

At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we treat around 300 hip fracture patients each year. The majority of patients with a 'fractured neck of femur' (broken hip) are over the age of 60 and sustain the fracture due to a fall.

Download a guide on hip fractures for patients, families and carers

Many hip fracture patients have other medical problems as well. Most patients will require an operation to ‘fix’ or ‘replace’ their broken hip. Studies have shown that if the surgery is carried out as soon as is safely possible, a better outcome can be achieved.

When patients are admitted to hospital (Ward 14A), it is often medical problems that can cause delays in getting to theatre, as well as a longer post-operative recovery and eventual discharge from hospital. We recognise that patients recover better when they have excellent surgical and medical care which is why we provide regular medical review by our team of three medical consultants (Dr Richard Athey, Dr Vicky Marrison and Dr Donna Bell) and speciality doctor (Dr Michael Wilkinson) who specialise in the medical aspects of care of orthopaedic patients. They work in partnership with the orthopaedic team to help to diagnose and treat any medical problems as early as possible.

The orthopaedic surgical care is provided by ten consultants who take part in the general trauma on-call rota and also have various sub-specialty interests. The anaesthetic team will assess fitness for anaesthetic and type of anaesthetic (usually either a spinal or general anaesthetic) plus often give a nerve block injection to help with pain control. Nursing staff on the ward will provide quality nursing care which is very important to prevent complications such as pressure sores.  Physiotherapists are present seven days a week to enable early mobilisation following surgery. Other members of the rehabilitation team and discharge team include rehabilitation assistants, occupational therapist and social worker, amongst others. Some patients may require a more prolonged rehabilitation course in the community at a local intermediate care unit or in the patients’ usual place of residence. Most patients are likely to need some extra help when they are first discharged from hospital. Length of stay on average is around 19 days.

Our team work has led to excellent outcomes with 80% (2016 report) of our patients achieving the national Best Practice Tariff for hip fracture care. This is a national initiative to improve hip fracture care. Data from hip fracture patients in hospitals in England and Wales is entered into a national database allowing hospital trusts to constantly monitor performance.

Patient and family compliments:

Patient’s wife: "I would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff for the good care you have given to Mr A while he was with you."

Patient’s daughter: "Thank you so much for the very good care Mum has received while staying on ward 14A. All the staff have really looked after Mum."

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