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Trauma and Orthopaedics
Main department telephone no: 01473 702050
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Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 3 or 4 (Fracture Clinic)
Follow signs to the Orthopaedic Fracture Clinic. View hospital map.

Orthopaedic trauma includes fractures and dislocations as well as musculoskeletal injuries to soft tissues (including muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves).

Orthopaedic trauma typically includes injuries to the upper limb (shoulder to hand), lower limb (hip to foot) and the spine. Orthopaedic surgeons do not usually deal with injuries to the head, chest, abdomen or blood vessels. If a patient has multiple injuries, usually caused by high-energy injuries such as motor vehicle collisions, then the orthopaedic part of the patient’s care is coordinated with other surgical specialties as appropriate.

The treatment of orthopaedic trauma may involve either surgery or non-surgical treatment.

Orthopaedics is the branch of surgery concerned with treating problems involving the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems of the musculoskeletal system, typically involving the upper limb (shoulder to hand), lower limb (hip to foot) and the spine.