Orthopaedics and trauma

The orthopaedic and trauma department provide specialist treatment for disorders to limbs and joints.

This treatment can be for bone problems, for example arthritis or for problems involving nerves, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. This also includes broken bones.
Our Trauma patients are generally referred to us through Accident and Emergency, as a result of an injury or accident. Trauma patients are treated as emergency cases.

They are normally seen by a member of the orthopaedics team in Accident and Emergency, the Emergency Surgical Assessment unit, or the trauma ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Our orthopaedics patients are generally patients that have been referred to us either by their GP or by another consultant or hospital. These patients generally have complaints that are not related to trauma, e.g. arthritis.  However some may be as a result of problems resulting from an injury in the past. 

Most of our elective surgery is performed either as a day case or requiring a short in patient stay.  However, some cases are a little more complex and may require treatment over a period of time.

Not all patients require surgery and some people can be treated with physiotherapy, advice and/or orthotic appliances.

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