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Trauma and Orthopaedics

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Team provide a comprehensive service dealing with all acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems. We provide daily Fracture and Elective outpatient clinics in our recently, purpose built Orthopaedic Hub based on Dunstable Road. Many of our clinics our supported by Extended Scope Practitioners and Therapists who can offer on the spot advice and guidance.

We also provide major and minor orthopaedic surgery and have two orthopaedic theatres and one dedicated trauma theatre that run seven days a week. Our consultant-led service is renowned for its innovative approach and pioneering surgery. We have very competitive waiting to treatment times for our patients. Example wait times from March 2017 include Lower Limb (incl. foot) – 14 weeks; Upper Limb (incl. hand) – 15 weeks; Spinal – 19 weeks and Paediatric – 20 weeks.

Each year the team carry out over 5,000 orthopaedic surgical procedures for patients from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and beyond. As well as using keyhole surgery we deploy the latest computer-navigation techniques to ensure minimum trauma and maximum safety for our patients. When listed for surgery our lower limb patients will also be enrolled in our Enhanced Recovery Programme. This service offers extensive pre and post-operative advice and support to ensure that our patients have a reduced length of stay, reduced rate of infection and overall improved clinical outcome.

Clinics

Clinic Type: Adult
Clinic days/time:

Monday AMFracture ClinicPaedsFoot & Ankle with ESP
Monday PMFracture ClinicWeekend Fracture ClinicUpper Limb Clinic (week 1 and 3)
Tuesday AMFracture ClinicUpper LimbSpinal with ESPLower Limb
(week 1)
Foot and Ankle (week 2)
Tuesday PMFracture ClinicUpper Limb (Hand and Wrist)Foot and AnkleESWT (extra corporeal shockwave therapy)
Wednesday AMFracture ClinicSpinal with ESPLower LimbLower LimbLower Limb
Wednesday PMFracture ClinicUpper Limb (hand) with therapistSpinal with ESP
Thursday AMFracture ClinicLower LimbUpper LimbFoot and Ankle
Thursday PMFracture ClinicFoot and Ankle (week 1)Lower Limb
(week 1)
Upper Limb
(week 2)
Friday AMFracture ClinicLower LimbLower LimbPaedsUpper Limb
Friday PMFracture ClinicLower LimbSpinal
(week 2)
Paeds

Links to tertiary centres:
Addenbrooke’s, Great Ormond Street

Procedures Provided

  • Arthroscopies of all joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, knees, hips & ankle)
  • Joint replacement surgery (inc. resurfacing): hip, knee, shoulders, elbows, wrist, thumb, ankles and great toe.
  • Joint revision surgery
  • Fixation of fractures and dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Spinal Surgery: discectomy, decompression, fusions, pedicular screw fixation
  • Extra corporeal shockwave therapy (only available currently for foot and hip conditions) 

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Trauma and Orthopaedics

Referral Process

Referral accepted via E-RS.

Useful Contacts

  • General Manager
    Ben Gainsford
    01582 497255
    Ben.Gainsford@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Business Manager
    Dionne Murray
    01582 718430
    Dionne.Murray@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Clinical Director:
    Mr Jim Gray
    Jim.Gray@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Outpatients booking department:
    01582 561385
  • Switchboard
    01582 491166
  • Bleep numbers:
    Bleep 778/327 (via switchboard)
  • Clinic reception tel no:
    01582 497194

  • Registrar on-call or management