Welcome to the Trauma and Orthopaedics Department at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. We provide a comprehensive Trauma and Orthopaedic Service in all aspects of emergency and elective surgery both for adults and children.
We offer a wide variety of routine and complex orthopaedic procedures for fractures and musculoskeletal problems across the following subspecialties:
We form part of the Thames Valley trauma Network and work in partnership with neighbouring Trusts across the Thames Valley to provide the best possible standard of care to our patients. If you require specialist intervention, you may be treated at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre or the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford which is the regional specialist-commissioned Orthopaedic and Major Trauma provider.
Our patient outcomes data is collected through the MyCore System on the following link: https://mycore.royalberkshire.nhs.uk. To help us deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients we appreciate that patients that take the time to complete the online questionnaires which will be sent at intervals from when your surgeon lists you for surgery to after your surgery date. We have a national requirement to collect PROMs scores for hip and knee replacement patients and for the British Spinal Registry which is also done through MyCore. The system is secure and encrypted to NHS Data Protection standards. When you visit the department or speak to a member of the team please take the time to validate your telephone and email address.
We are a training department, welcoming and investing in student nurses, therapists, junior doctors and regularly host work experience students across all specialisms.
We provide our services from the following sites:
The majority of our activity takes place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital site in Reading, where our services are based in South Wing on levels 2 and 3, and South Wing Annexe.
The Royal Berkshire site is extremely busy during peak hours. We recommend using public transport wherever possible and if driving, please allow enough time to park your car and walk to the Department that you are visiting. There is alternative parking either at the Queen’s Road car park or pay and display spaces on the roadside near the hospital. The Orthopaedic Department is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the multi-storey car park. A buggy service is operated by the Voluntary Services on level 2, between South Wing and the Craven Road from 09:00-16:00 hrs on weekdays.
In 2015 we opened our new Redlands Elective Orthopaedic Unit comprising a 30 bed elective orthopaedic ward, four operating theatres and six-bedded recovery ward. The self-contained unit means patients are not taken through other areas of the hospital between surgery and their recovery, dramatically reducing the risk of infection and improving the privacy and dignity of elective orthopaedic patients.
Sister: Helen Slade
Trueta Ward is a 27 bedded Trauma and Complex Patients Ward based on level 3 in South block, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital site.
Sister: Claire Manton
More information for Trueta ward can be found here.
The Adult Day Surgery Unit specialises in the care of patients having a surgical procedure as a day case across General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Urology. The Unit runs between Mondays and Saturdays each week and closes at 20:00 daily.
Sister: Charlotte Maddocks
More information about the ADSU can be found here.
We provide a comprehensive Trauma and Orthopaedic outpatient service across all Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust sites, with the main Departmental base being in South block, level 2 of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Each year, we see over 25,000 adults and 8,000 children in our elective clinics and 10,500 patients are treated in our fracture clinic with 11,500 triaged through the Virtual Fracture Clinic.
Sister: Tracey Chapple
You may be asked to fill in a pre-operative assessment questionnaire in clinic after your consultant has made the decision to operate. This form will be triaged by the specialist nursing team who will telephone you to let you know whether you are ready for surgery or whether you need to come in for a face to face appointment. The Central Pre-operative Assessment clinic specialises in assessing patients’ fitness for planned surgery for all patients over the age of 16, having either urology, abdominal or orthopaedic surgery. An assessment is valid for 12 weeks and may take place either on the telephone or in person with a nurse and/or consultant anaesthetist.
Sister: Sue Hatch
Our clinical teams are supported Monday-Friday between 08:00-18:00 hrs by the Clinical Administration Team (CAT5). The team schedule the department’s activity, answer queries by telephone and email and ensure that patient letters are sent through the system.
Patient Pathway manager: Louise Walters